The Green fleet sailors had a great regatta at the Sail One NZ Winter Champs at Murrays Bay at the weekend. There was a variety of conditions, including the Tsunami alert on the coaching days. There were more than 200 boats sailing the event, and the energy and enthusiasm of all of the competitors, together with the support of a huge number of parents made us all proud to be a part of it.
The Green fleet had 29 boats from all over the North Island. Murrays Bay made a real effort to welcome the Green Fleet sailors, and they held special briefings for all of the Green Fleet sailors each morning to help them to understand how the start flags worked, what the course was and how the rules worked. The courses were close to the shore and there was loads of support for the sailors on the water.
When the water guns and chips turned up on the start boat, we knew for sure it was going to be a fun time! The spot prizes included a Laptop computer, Water proof camera and loads of other prizes, which the Wakatere team collected a few of, so it was worth the wait for.
Our sailors showed again how successful the Wakatere Learn to Sail and beyond programs were as there were very few capsizes from the group, and our top sailors performed with distinction – Rory McCutcheon winning the regatta, Max Hayman in third and Aidan Nicholas winning two races. Jonathon Weston was the first 9 year old. With 9 Wakatere sailors we almost made up a third of the fleet! Congratulations particularly to Rory in winning his second Green Fleet regatta in a row, and to the whole team who sailed so well, with most improving a lot as the regatta went on.
Thanks to the parents for all of the support of our sailors, without which it would not be possible.
Below is a great shot from race one of the last day of racing, with four Wakatere sailors close together.
Aidan Nicholas 4256, Jonathon Weston 4384, Rory McCutcheon 3999, Max Hayman 4300