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Waka Winter Sessions

As well as the AK Winter Sprint Series (details in article below), Wakatere is running its own coaching program for Opti & Feva club members on alternate Saturday afternoons. The Waka Winter Sessions will operate at the club from 12:30 – 4:00pm and be run by a qualified coach. The first Saturday is next week 30th May so grab some extra layers and don’t forget your beanie.

  • OPTI 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 SESSIONS are to keep your skills honed for next season and to get more comfortable in the boat. Club Fevas will be provided for these sessions. Sailors new to the Feva should contact Class Rep Simon Probert for his approval before booking. Coordinator: Simon Probert sprobertnz@gmail.com



Dates:  Sat 30 May; Sat 13 June; Sat 4 July; Sat 11 July; Sat 25 July; Sat 8 Aug;  Sat 22 Aug

Cost: $140 for all 7 sessions. $40 per session for casuals. 

Parents: A roster will operate for a few parents to act as support crew afloat and assist the coach when asked. We will also need help with launching & retrieving on the beach at each session. When all bookings are confirmed we will be in touch.

Places for each class are limited to 12 so go straight to our Wakatere BC Bookings page




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

2015 Optimist Nationals and the Open Fleet

We have a report on the Optimist Nationals from one of our Open fleet sailors Santenay Jordan - 

The Optimist Nationals 2015 started off with of course, WIND on Thursday as a welcome to Wellington. The 17 of us Wakatere Open fleet kids got our boats checked and we were ready for the regatta.  Registration was all go [as Luke showed off his sticker sticking skills] and a sense of anticipation throughout the tents and compounds formed for the 150 Open fleet sailors and their eager support crews.

Friday was a very challenging day, but so much fun! We sailed four races with the wind getting up there. The swell was pretty big as well making the reach unbelievably fast. Due to all to the conditions, there were several breakages and races not completed by some of our team.  Surprisingly it was not as cold as we all had expected.

There was no racing on Saturday because it was too windy. Some of the Wakatere crew went to Te Papa and cruised around Wellington’s water front. On Sunday we sailed four races again, the conditions less tough than Friday and the wind out of the south rather than the NW.

Sunday was a day that most people made up for their tough Friday which pushed up our places in the fleet.  We got to relax together that night at a local restaurant. 

On Monday we got sorted into gold, silver and bronze fleets. This allowed us sailors in the lower fleets to start knowing what it was like to lead a race. The conditions were moderate and then increased making the day easier for us to handle and adapt to. Tuesday racing was cancelled so we all packed up our boats, then headed to the prize-giving.

5 Wakatere sailors- Robbie, Francesco, Alice, Luke and Josh got into international teams and training camps.  Great results from them and all the Wakatere Open sailors to tackle all that Worser Bay could throw at us.

Overall it was a fantastic experience, and we all loved it. Thanks to Worser Bay for their superb organisation and hospitality and NZIODA.

By Santenay Jordan / Wakatere BC Optimist sailor

For a Green fleet perspective, see the article on our Classes / Optimist page by George Lee Rush CLICK HERE

Congratulations to:

Alice Haslett - Briar Dye-Hutchison Trophy for 1st place NZ National female competitor.  

George Rush - Dawson Trophy for Notable Sportsman Overall

Josh Schon - 2nd U13 in Age Group Awards

George Rush - 1st 10 yr old in Age Group Awards

Robbie McCutcheon - NZL Optimist European Team, Wales, July 2015

Alice Haslett - NZL Optimist European Team, Wales, July 2015

Luke Cashmore - NZL Optimist Asian Champs, Qatar, October 2015

Francesco Kayrouz - NZL Optimist North American Champs Team, Antigua, July 2015

Josh Schon - NZL Opti Development Team (Noumea) 







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

Closing in on the Opti Nationals

The Nationals are a few weeks away at Worser Bay BC in Wellington and Wakatere's Opti group have been stepping up the coaching and are ready to race. The regatta is being held during the Easter school holidays from 2nd - 7th April 2015. 

Contact our acting Opti rep Bob McCutcheon if you have any questions about your entry.

See our CONTACT US page. 

More information at the - EVENT WEBSITE

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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