It looks quite possible that we will have 10 Wakatere boats sailing at this event in the Green Fleet, so come along and be a part of it.
IMPORTANT: There will be no Green Fleet activities at the club this Saturday as everyone will be at the Lake.
ICE BREAKER REGATTA SATURDAY 12 SEPTEMBER LAKE PUPUKE
Who should consider attending?:
Any sailors who have been in C1 or above could comfortably attend this regatta.
If you would like to take your boat to the regatta on one of the trailers, then book yourself onto itÃ‚Â using the link to the left.
If you need a login, contact Peter Kempkers as shown on the page. If you are having problems, or that trailer is full, then we can run a second one or double up on other trailers which are going to the event. For details on this contact Graeme Milne on firstname.lastname@example.org.
IMPORTANT: The trailer leaves at 8am sharp on Sat morning, so load up Friday night in the club compound, or before 8am. Be sure to bring sufficient ties to tie your boat on. At the end of the day be sure YOU load YOUR boat back onto the trailer as soon as you finish your racing. This allows the drivers to return home without having to wait around if they wish.
Wakatere as a Group:
Get there early as it will be a busy day at the Lake. Aim to be there at 8:00 Ã¢â‚¬â€œ 8:15am. The Park is off Sylvia Park Ave, off Kitchener Road. Hopefully the park grass areas will be open, so it will be possible to park on the grass.
It makes it easier if everyone works as a group, so aim to rig up beside the Lake where indicated, and look out for the other Wakatere Boats. Rigging near to the water makes it easier to assess the conditions of the day, and you are close to the boat launching areas.
Preparation, Preparation, Preparation:
Fill out the entry form before turning up on the day. See
Read the notice of race before attending
Entries need to be in by 9am, which can be done on the morning at the Lake.
Roger Pagani will brief the Wakatere Green Fleet sailors at 9am, so look out for him at this time. His boys, Leo and George are number 4386 and 4129
There will be a race briefing at 9:15 Ã¢â‚¬â€œ be sure to attend.
There will be two races in the morning, with the first start at 10:05am. There will be a break in the middle of the day and another two races in the afternoon.
Its important to know when the start gun is going to go, so wear a watch with a count down set for 4 minutes and make sure you understand what flags and sounds will be used to start the race.
Click here for an article on the start procedure
Be sure to get to Bed early on Friday night, eat a good breakfast, go to the toilet before hitting the water, and take a good lunch to eat during the break. Take heaps of warm clothes.
One parent will need to be present all day in case help is required for your child.
IMPORTANT: In Green fleet, its all about having FUN, what have you got to lose! DonÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t forget the prizes!
However, for those who a "chomping at the bit", 5 tips for the day:
1. Start on Starboard if you want to get a clean start. Be near the line with one minute to go and aim to get across the start line on starboard tack.
2. Sail fast: watch those woollies and the luff of your sail to make sure you are going at full speed all the time.
3. Call Starboard if you are on Starboard to ensure other boats give way
4. Approach the windward mark on Starboard to ensure you have right of way.
5. Do a "Jenny CraigÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s"at the bottom mark Ã¢â‚¬â€œ in fat, out thin, and pull your mainsheet in fast to keep your speed up.
I am not there on Saturday, but Roger ( and Gary and Bob and loads of others ) will be there. Give me a yell during the week if there is anything you need, or contact Graeme Milne re trailers if the first club trailer fills up.
Cheers and Good sailing!