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Wakatere Junior Regatta 12th December 2009

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 – 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 – 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 – Jono you’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,  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 ½ 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 day….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 sailing…..see you at the Xmas sleep over.







Peter Blake Regatta Torbay 5 - 6 Dec 2009

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:

Full Results here:




Destination Sailing – Orca, Ice-cream and Beach Cricket.

What more could we have asked for?

Ten adventurous Green Fleet Sailors arrived at Wakatere Saturday morning expecting a quite sail over to the beach just past Rangitoto Light house for lunch then return sail to the club.

After a briefing covering the destination, currents, shipping channel and the importance of staying reasonably close together the Optis were launched around 10:30.

With everyone sailing along nicely we stopped and waited as a group for a large barge and motor launch using the channel to cross in front of us before proceeding. As we approached Rangi light it soon became apparent that we were in for a treat (or a scare) as we caught up with a small pod of Orca. The Orca accompanied us playing in and out of the Opti’s for around 10mins until we had to leave them to it and turn into our beach. There were at least 6 Orca including at least one large black and white male well over 5 metres long. Needless to say even Adian refrained from any behaviour at this point that may have seen him in the water.

Jonathon “He came up right behind my boat and dived just before he touched my rudder”, “I think I might have touched one when I put my centreboard down, I hope I did not make him angry”.


We spent a couple of hours on the beach eating lunch, playing cricket, with a few of the boys going for a boogy board behind “Wave Nine’s” tender. Ice-creams magically produced from the big boats freezers were well received.


The sail back was a little more challenging in around 15 - 20 knots directly on the nose with four of the boys electing to be towed all or part of the way.


Everyone had a great time and certainly had a story to tell.

(More photos to be added soon)

North Islands – Napier

Joseph Gibb-Pearson was proud to be the only Green Fleet sailor to represent the Wakatere at the 3 day North Island Championships this year which attracted a fleet of 48 sailors. Multi day regattas are usually larger and more exciting – but take a lot more stamina and concentration – and support from parents.


Day 1: With 22-25 knot winds, only the Open Fleet sailed – and there was a constant stream of boats coming back off the water with broken rigs or exhausted sailors: only the brave survived. For many the Green Fleet it was off to the Spa Pools or ‘chillaxing’ with new made friends.


Day 2: 4 races back to back in 5-10 knot winds: easy. Terry’s fantastic coaching and great racing experience from the winter series races with Bob obviously paid off: Joseph notched up a 10th, 7th, and 15th. Unfortunately, he did not read the wind shift in the last race and went the wrong way, but still came 25th.


Day 3: 3 races in very light, and very shifty 0-8 knot winds. Again, a wind shift caught Joseph in the first race (a good topic for coaching maybe). The wind completely died in the second race – with sailors going backwards with the tide! 5th in the last race was a great way to finish. Joseph came 13 overall. Results:


All Green Fleet Express sailors would have done extremely well in this regatta. The Wakatere are lucky to have a high standard of sailors thanks to our dedicated coaches.


Results Howick Regatta 7th November

Results Howick Regatta - Green Fleet – 7November

1st Max Hayman

2nd Sam Barnett

3rd Jonathon Weston

4th Aidan Nicholas

5th Harry Elworthy

6th Tom Milne

Howick put on a friendly and relaxed regatta. The weather was mixed, with variable, moderate winds.  The Green fleet course was quite far out, the same one used by their Open fleet colleagues.

Saturday saw a great turnout from Wakatere who dominated the Green fleet event with nine of the fleet and they finished with nine of the top ten places on the results board. 

Max Hayman had a great day winning three races.  Harry and Max had some great duals at the start and to the first mark.  Jonathon Weston, sometimes after a slow start, would work his way through the fleet to finish strongly.  Tom pushed all the way. Aidan Nicolas not only sailed strongly all day but took home the major spot prize of a digital camera.  Tom, Jonathon, Aidan and Joseph all sailed strongly at different times.  Sam won his first ever race, the third, in an exciting finish with Max. 


A close finish in race one (Max Hayman, Jonathon Weston)

Overall all the sailors showed off the progress they have made and the benefits of the coaching and support they have received; a great reflection on all those involved.  They also supported each other really well through out the day.


Everyone had a good time; the sailors all stuck it out, in what was a long day, and learned a lot in a variety of conditions (including having lunch on the water).  As Terry noted, it is all about time on the water; getting experience in different conditions.  Congratulations to all those who competed and thanks to all those in support.  Hope to see everyone for the next regatta,

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