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News for the Optimist Front Page

Something for everyone

Wakatere has five Optimist coaching options available for this half of the 2015/2016 season - something for all levels of ability, commitment and budget.  

The overriding objective is to provide a range of options that encourages junior sailors long-term involvement and love of sailing. We aim to build a cohesive group of kids that integrate across all levels of Opti sailing and build a sense of pride in their club. We also aim to provide a fun and social environment for kids and parents. 

Everyone engaged in coaching at the club must be a financial member of Wakatere BC and have completed a certified Learn to Sail course.  Learn to Sail is not a 'coaching' option but we keep a waiting list for our next course. Click here to register your interest 


2015 Coaching options and costs:

  • Sunday Confidence 1 & Confidence 2 - $150 whole season
  • Sunday Learn to Race - $115 Oct - Dec
  • Green - $350 Oct - Dec
  • 4 Star - $400 Oct - Dec
  • 5 Star - $550 Oct - Dec


Brief description of Sunday options: The Sunday sessions begin nice and early with our parent led C1 & C2 groups. This is our entry level session to club coaching and sailing at Wakatere. This builds to our Sunday Learn to Race group a bit later on Sunday morning with a YNZ qualified coach running the session.  Sailors should have spent some time in C1 or C2 before joining the Learn to Race group. To find out more and to book a place, look for the two red Sunday logo options on our EVENTS / Bookings page  

Brief description of Green, 4 & 5 Star options: Wakatere has 3 coaching groups to choose from which cover after school and Saturday coaching sessions. All with YNZ qualified coaches. They are called Green, 4 Star & 5 Star coaching groups. It is hoped that these sailors will enter regattas in the Open or Green fleet and work towards the Optimist Nationals at Easter 2016. Sailors should be sailing confidently and be keen to improve. For a more detailed description of each option go straight to the Booking - GREEN, 4 STAR, 5 STAR BOOKING



School Holiday Learn to Sail

This could be you this summer!

Wakatere is running four Learn to Sail courses for juniors in the Sept/Oct school holidays. Places with Club Optis are fully booked but we can accommodate more sailors if you have your own Opti or can borrow a friend's for the course. All courses run for 4 consecutives days from 9am -3pm. 

The remaining course still open for bookings is - COURSE 4: Thurs 8th - Sun 11th Oct. Must have own Opti. 

This is an ideal time to get started and make the most of a long summer of sailing. For more details and to book a place, see our EVENTS / Bookings page


35 Races Later

Well done to all our junior club members who competed in the Auckland Winter Sprint Series over the last 4 months and 35 races later! 

It was set up so that all of the Travelling and Development Teams could receive coaching and racing during the Winter, many of them flying in from other parts of the country every weekend. It's also a great series for all our junior club members to mix it with the best and get a head start for the new season. Racing was hosted by several Auckland clubs on a rotating basis.  

Wakatere did well - 

Opti OpenRobbie McCutcheon 1st; Francesco Kayrouz 3rd; Luke Cashmore 6th. 

Opti Green: Ben Holroyd 2nd; Will Sims 5th. Final results HERE 

Robbie McCutcheon at the Opti NAMS in July.  Image by Matias Capizziano


Opti Info Night


Tuesday 22 Sept 7pm at Wakatere

Wakatere is holding an Optimist Class Information Night.  It’s a get together for parents, reps & coaches to chat about plans for our Opti sailors this season. We’ll cover Sunday Coaching, Green fleet & Open fleet, coaching and sailing – all levels. It will be informative and brief so you won’t be at the Club for too long on a school night.

We hope to see at least one parent from every junior sailor’s family participating.  


Lots of new season Opti information

Opti Info Night: Our Optimist Information Night will be on Tuesday 22 September at the club. (This is different to the date on our programme). This is for all Optimist sailors and parents at all levels to find out more about our coaching options and overall focus this season. Input welcome.   

Sunday Opti Programme: There will be a change to the Sunday Programme this season. The C1 & C2 groups will continue as before with parent coaches while the Sunday morning Race Group that starts at 10:30 will have a qualified coach and the fees will reflect this change. to be advised 

The Sunday Programme will start on Sun 27 Sept. Bookings will be open shortly on our Wakatere Bookings page 

Opti Open & Green Fleet Coaching: The after school and Saturday coaching programme for the Open 5*, Open 4* and Green Fleet will start after daylight savings begins (27 Sept) and after the Stack Winter Champs.  

Learn to Sail: We are running four Learn to Sail courses during the Sept/Oct 2015 school holidays. Those on our waiting list have been advised. It operates on a first come, first served basis. 

If you have access to your own Opti to use for the course and the course is fully booked, contact our Coordinator for an additional placement. Course info - Wakatere Booking page

Membership: All sailors must be members of Wakatere BC to receive coaching at Wakatere. It must be renewed each season (Sept-Sept). See our membership app - click here 

Upcoming events:  

1.     Sunday 20th September - Bart’s Bash at Wakatere. One short race at Wakatere and lots of fun sailing alongside adult classes. Some Olympic sailors, world class Maxi sailors & AC sailors to mingle with. Our juniors will be well looked after so get your online entry and don’t wait for race day. We won't send you out if the weather isn't great but we need your online entry now. 

-       Wakatere Regatta Docs page with race information

-       Barts Bash website to SIGN UP 

2.     2nd – 4th October Stack Winter Champs. Pre-regatta coaching 29 – 30 Sept / Regatta 2 – 4 October. Conveniently in the school holidays, many juniors make the most of this week. Murrays Bay Sailing Club





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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