Wakatere Junior Regatta 12th December 2009
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What a great day we had on Saturday for the 2009 Wakatere Junior Classes Regatta.
The conditions suited the Green Fleet sailors really well, with light to moderate breezes in the morning and afternoon Ã¢â‚¬â€œ fortunately we were mostly on the beach for lunch when the windy front came over the course.
The regatta attracted record numbers with 120 boats in total and 44 in Opti Green. It was great to see 24 Wakatere Opti Green sailors on the course with many making it their first regatta. The fact that so many chose to attend this regatta and they sailed so comfortably reflects how successful the Sunday morning coaching is at Wakatere Ã¢â‚¬â€œ congratulations and thanks to Gary Hill and his team of parent coaches for setting so many young sailors onto the path of enjoying sailing as a sport for life.
For me there were many stories of success:
Jonathon Weston ( 9 yrs old) was tied for 1st and finished second on count back Ã¢â‚¬â€œ Jono youÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re a legend!
Sebastian Jones in 3rd! only his second regatta this season and up from 35th at the same regatta last year.
Aidan Nicholas 8th consolidating on some good regattas this spring and off to open fleet after xmas.
A few Green fleet sailors just decided to get on with it and do the open fleet for this regatta, so well done to Harry Elworthy, Ã‚Â Sam Barnett, William Long and Tom Milne who sailed all of the races of the day in challenging conditions at times and mostly ended up in the first Ã‚Â½ of the fleet.
Look at the progress of these sailors from the same regatta last year:
Aidan Oliver 35th jumped to half way up the fleet.
Anneke Simmonds 31st to 14th
Chris Diggle 29th to 16th
Harrison Hill 27th to 9th (including two 5th places)
And some fairly new regatta sailors with some great results:
Jordon Mercer 13th
Dan Finnemore 20th
Harry Milne 21st ( 9 yrs old)
And some others who attended their first regatta, and had a big smile on their faces at the end of the dayÃ¢â‚¬Â¦.Ben Whittington, Jessica Berry, William Clough, Phoebe Rendle, Maddy Hill, Luke Thomas, Hilary Comber and Hannah Smith.
Well done to all, what a great way to wrap up the spring sailingÃ¢â‚¬Â¦..see you at the Xmas sleep over.