Well done to all the Green Fleet sailors for putting up with some fairly average winds at the Sir Peter Blake Memorial Regatta last weekend. Conditions like that, and with the big tide on the 1st race on Saturday, really test your sailing ability.
It's very difficult to keep the boat moving forward, especially those people that are on the 2nd or 3rd row at the start. Did any of you kids notice the oxygen masks coming down from the boom just after the start when there was just no air!!!
As far as wind strength went, one would have to say it was a very fair regatta, catering for the little kids for 5 races and the bigger kids for the last 2. The good news is that everyone stayed out for all the races, and learnt so much by doing so.
Some numbers from Terry...
As far as I can see it’s the biggest green fleet regatta ever held in NZ with 91 boats – up from 45 at the same event last year.
Wakatere had 19 Green Fleet sailors, which made up 20% of the fleet, second only to Murrays Bay with 23. Last year Wakatere had 4 sailors at this event in Green Fleet.
3/4 of Green Express (not counting Jonathon the honorary member) were in the top 1/3 of the fleet.
Well done Max (ex Green) with a 42nd – into the first half of open fleet in first major regatta is an incredible result.
Some great results in some races:
Rory with 2 x 1sts and a 2nd, and the worst race being a 16th, showing that consistency wins regattas.
Jonathon with 2 x 5ths and only 1 race outside of 21st
Tom with 2 top three finishes
Leo winning race 4
Emily with 2 great races to finish
Seb with a great start to the regatta with an 18th and how about Harrison Hill leading at every mark, before finishing 4th in the last race, great way to finish the regatta.
The highlight for me was the top mark in the last race, watching Harrison, Rory and Harry leading the fleet and having a spectacular off-wind section in big winds, building seas, going fast in complete control... Fantastic...
Congratulations to all who took part, the sailing was great, the mood within the Wakatere camp was very upbeat with everyone supporting each other and hopefully enjoying the experience.
Well done to Rory for winning the regatta and keeping up the record of Wakatere winning every regatta this season (no pressure on you guys for this Saturday).
Thanks to all the parents who arranged supported and managed the whole weekend.
Some great photos here: http://www.oceanphotography.co.nz/lightbox/index.php?category=gallery/5-12-09/Optimists%20Green&start=0
Full Results here: http://www.sportsground.co.nz/files/Site/741/9/Pdf/091207103117PCEQYWUJ.pdf