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NZIODA regatta dates for the new season


Ranking Regatta dates for 2015/2016 season are now available so mark your calendars. Largely Auckland based (luckily for you), consider combining the other out of town venues with a family weekend away - 

 The 2015/2016 seasons ranking regattas are as follows:

  • North Island Champs: 13-15 November 2015 at Napier SC.

  • Auckland Champs: 30 January -1 February 2016 at Maraetai SC.

  • Interislander Champs: 19 February – 21 February 2016 at QCYC Picton.

  • NZIODA Nationals: 25 March – 29 March 2016 at Kohi, Auckland. 


  • Pre-Nats: 6 February – 8 February 2016 at KYC

  • Teams racing: 7 February 2016 at KYC 

  •  The most recent Newsletter from the New Zealand Optimist Association is available - HERE

  •  NZIODA website  

  •  NZIODA facebook 


The Winter Sessions

As well as the AK Winter Sprint Series, Wakatere is running its own coaching program for Opti & Feva junior WBC club members on alternate Saturday afternoons. The Winter Sessions will operate at the club from 1:00 – 4:00pm and be run by a qualified coach. Time to grab some extra layers and don’t forget your beanie! 

OPTI WINTER SESSIONS are targeted at those new to the Open fleet this season and Green fleet sailors with a few regattas under their belts.  Basic skills, some fun racing and building some club camaraderie. Coordinator: Gordon Sims simsgordon@gmail.com

FEVA WINTER SESSIONS are to keep your skills honed for next season and to get more comfortable in the boat. Club Fevas provided and sailors new to the Feva class should contact Class Rep Simon Probert for his approval before booking. Coordinator: Simon Probert sprobertnz@gmail.com 

DATES: Sat 30th May; 13th June; 4 July; 11 July; 25 July; 8 August; 22 August

FULL DETAILS: Wakatere BC Bookings page  

Opti in Antarctica image shared from the International Optimist website



Opti sailing - Winter 2015

No need to stop sailing this winter and better if you don't. Hit the next season with the advantage of some time on the water over the cooler months. 

The Auckland Winter Sprint Series is run every few weeks on a Saturday afternoon with venues rotated between several Auckland clubs. The series is used by the NZL travelling Opti teams as training sessions before they head to the Opti Worlds, Opti European Champs and so on. So the Open fleet competition is at a high level- always good to sail against people that are better than you.... and there is a Green fleet in the series so a perfect place for those that still need to boost their confidence in fleet racing. A sprint series comes with lots of start practice - an essentail skill. 

See the series FB page for all the latest information- AKWSS Facebook 

2015 Date Location/Club: 
9 May Murrays Bay
23 May Wakatere
6 June Kohimarama
20 June French Bay (tide 1pm) 
27 June Wakatere
18 July Kohimarama
1 Aug Murrays Bay
15 Aug Wakatere
29 Aug Kohimarama
TBC Ice Breaker, Lake Pupuke

A celebration and fundraiser

Four of our junior club sailors (Robbie McCutcheon, Francesco Kayrouz, Alice Haslett & Luke Cashmore) qualified for the Optimist International Champs in North America, Europe and Asia. 

For the first time, all the NZL Opti teams have joined forces to train & fund-raise together, culminating in a night of fun and good company before they head overseas. Here is some background on the group - click here

Join us in supporting them at the NZL Opti Teams Fundraising Dinner on Saturday 27 June @ 7:30pm at Wakatere

- Buy a ticket by calling Susanne  027 307 5070

- Or bid online - NZL Opti Team 2015 Auction (closes Sunday 28 June) 

A Green Fleet Perspective

Friday 1st April was a tough start for all of the green fleeters at the 2015 Optimist Nationals. Despite gusts of 25+kts, all the sailors were eager to get out on the water. With 30 seconds to go, the start line is bedlam with upturned boats and screams as boats collide. Wind thunders past frightened faces and into sails. Kids hike until their thighs burn and their boat is flat. Calm for once, until they realise the next gust is about to hit. With capsizes, nosedives, you name it, only one race was sailed due to the challenging conditions.

Photo shared on Flickr by SameJ 

Saturday 2nd was blown out for both fleets so most of Wakatere headed to Te Papa. Sunday was a lot calmer and more successful for most people. We had four races, two in the morning and two in the afternoon with a short break in between for lunch. 15kts was the maximum.

Monday was an exciting day in all as the wind suited some but not others and places changed rapidly. Two races were completed but sadly, the third was abandoned. Tuesday was by far the windiest day so sailing was once again called off. Prize giving proceeded afterwards without too much trouble.

Congratulations to Wakatere sailors Nick Probert, Ben Holroyd, George Lee Rush and Timothy Cashmore for braving the windy Wellington conditions.

By George Lee Rush Age: 10 

Pictured - George Lee Rush - Dawson Trophy for Notable Sportsmanship

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Classes sailed at Wakatere

  • JUNIOR: Optimist, P Class, RS Feva
  • YOUTH: Starling, 29er, 420, Boards, 
  • RS Feva, Laser Radial
  • SENIOR: Laser, OK Dinghy, Sunburst,
  • Windsurfing, 470, 49er, 3.7, Idle Along, 
  • RS Feva, Zephyr