Competing at Sail Melbourne 2013
Mathew Kempkers in the Laser Radial, Russell Page-Wood in the OK, and Logan Dunning-Beck with Jack Simpson in the 49er Class are currently competing at the ISAF World Cup Sail Melbourne - follow their progress on the event website: sailmelbourne.com.au/website/home.html
Kate Stewart wins 2013 North Harbour Tanner Cup trials
The last couple of weekends have been a busy time for Wakatere's five P Class sailors. The P Class Tanner Cup trials for Auckland province and North Harbour province have been contested at Kohimarama and Murrays Bay respectively and our Wakatere sailors have come away with great results.
The North Harbour selection trial regatta was sailed last weekend. Harry Milne, Greta Stewart, Kate Stewart and Xanthe Copeland from Wakatere competed. On Saturday there was just one race completed - with the committee boat recording NW 25-30knots at the end, it was a tough morning for all with plenty of stories when everyone got back to the beach. Sunday was an early start with racing commencing at 9am and in very tricky SW conditions 6 full length races were completed. Kate Stewart managed to dominate the fleet and will be the North Harbour Tanner cup representative.
At the Auckland Province P Class selections at Kohimarama, Henry Haslett ( WBC/GBC) won the trials and was selected to be the Auckland representative.
The Tanner Cup is the interprovincial National regatta competed for by a representative from each province who is chosen from selection trials in each province. The Tanner Cup has been competed for since 1945 and has been won by many prestigious names including Chris Dickson, Russell Coutts and Dean Barker as well as current Wakatere members Paul Snow-Hansen, Logan Dunning- Beck and Terry Nicholas. This year is the 90th anniversary of the P Class and the Tanner Cup regatta will be held in January at the Tauranga YPBC.
Congratulations to both Henry and Kate.
Our annual pre-Christmas regatta is all on! We accept entries from the following classes: Optimist green and open, P Class, Starling green and open, Splash, 29er, RS Feva, Sunburst Laser, Laser Radial, RS-X & Bic Techno board. A minimum of 4 boats are needed to constitute a class.
Saturday 14th Dec 2013 is one of the biggest sailing days at the club with our annual Wakatere Junior Regatta with many juniors from most of the other Auckland clubs attending. If you are a Wakatere parent with a child entering the regatta we need your help - and to all others, we need you too! Contact Peter or Amanda below to let us know how you can help your club.
2013 Twilight Sprint Series revised dates
Friday 8 Nov; Friday 29 November; Thursday 5 December; Thursday 12 December.
Youth starts - 5pm; Senior starts - 6pm.
Many of you will have noticed the six identical boats fully rigged and under covers parked by the front of the Club. These boats are all RS Feva’s. The Club has purchased these with funding gratefully received from Lotto, along with a full compliment of life jackets donated by the Victoria CC Trust.
We are holding a short ceremony at 11.00am on 10th November to launch the fleet, so please come along if you can. There will be a separate notice circulating about this during the week. For more information on the RS Feva click here.
P Class 2013 North Island Champs,Tauranga- Labour weekend
After a fun session from Paul Snow-Hansen during the week, involving plenty of capsize practice which would prove useful for the weekend ahead, five Wakatere P Class sailors ventured down to Tauranga for the P Class North Island Champs. It was an awesome weekend, with all ten races completed on time in a range of wind conditions (5 - 18 knots), all within viewing distance of the Tauranga Yacht Club lawn. There were 33 sailors from Wellington through to Kerikeri attending, and more than 50% of the fleet were female.
Kate Stewart (above) and Henry Haslett were pushing the front of the fleet all weekend and took out 4 race wins between them, ending up in 4th and 5th places overall respectively. Harry, Greta Stewart and Xanthe Copeland had moments of brilliance throughout, and valued the time in the boat. Greta took the unlucky prize, falling ill and missing Sunday, and then breaking a stay to miss a race on Monday. Spectacular ove- the- front and then over- the-side capsize award to Henry (below). Fastest capsize recovery award to Kate. Goldfinger dishwashing glove award to Xanthe. Port tack the fleet award to Harry. All done and dusted, including Prizegiving, by 3pm Monday.
Some pretty tired sailors headed home and looking forward to the next challenge in their P Classes.
Yachting New Zealand Award Nominations for 2013
Wakatere sailors will be well represented at the 2013 Yachting New Zealand Volvo Excellence awards. In the Performance section Paul Snow-Hansen and Dan Willcox (MBSC) are selected for placing 7th in the Men's 470 World Champs; in the Youth Performance section Markus Somerville and Jack Simpson are selected for placing 3rd in the 29er at the 2013 ISAF Youth World Champs, they are also part of the Youth Team selection; and in the Service Awards Christine Hansen past secretary of the 420 and 470 Assn's.
For further reading go to YNZ's News item - http://www.yachtingnz.org.nz/node/17212
OK Dinghy Rum Bucket Champs at Wakatere, 2013
It's all over at the Rum Bucket, a great weekend of wind and sailing, top three results were Luke O'Connell of Worser Bay 1st; Matt Stechmann of Naval Point 2nd and Jim Turner of Wakatere 3rd. Well done everyone. FULL RESULTS HERE
This Labour weekend Wakatere will host the OK Dinghy Rum Bucket Championship in conjunction with the OK Dinghy Association. Five races back to back are scheduled for Saturday 26th and Sunday 27th... Filling and emptying the prized Rum Bucket is also scheduled.
Any questions, contact Ben Morrison 021 832060 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wakatere offers windsurfing pathway
Welcome to the new sailors Ben, Matt, Tom and Dillon who have joined the Techno Coaching program through the association. Our current focus is to provide sailors who are looking at moving into something more exciting and challenging with an opportunity to transition onto windsurfing. There is still space for a few more. Contact me at Wakatere for more details: email@example.com
For these current recruits the learning has been quick as they are already familiar with the skill of sailing. Understanding and gaining the benefits of core fitness and flexibility provide motivation to master the skills.
Sailors overseas 2013
Ellie Copeland and team mate Erica Dawson (competing at Sail AK above) didn’t feature in the recent 49er medal haul in Marseilles, France but as possibly the youngest competitors it was a huge thrill to compete in the first ever 49erFX Worlds Champs. With Ellie boarding the flight from Auckland in a wheelchair (sprained ankle) this was a great effort and they’ll be back. http://www.49er.org/2013-world-championships/. Congratulations to fellow team members Alexander Maloney and Mollie Meech of Murrays Bay and Tauranga for winning the World Championship and taking Gold.
And welcome home to those club members involved in the Americas Cup. It’s been a long haul, an awesome regatta and we are very proud to have you as club members at Wakatere. We hope you now have time to enjoy your summer back in Auckland.
Morning session at Wakatere
Click any of the above images for photos taken on the second weekend of sailing this season.
The 2013-2014 sailing season has officially opened at Wakatere BC. Last Sunday an opening address from newly elected Commodore Craig Smith launched the new and exciting season, and introduced speakers - patron and recently inducted club life member George Gair, club patron Don Brooke and club President Judy Salthouse.
Team New Zealand's involvement in The America's Cup (AC) regatta, currently being contested in San Francisco, was at the forefront of everyone's mind - the tight racing, the near capsize and, not least, the hard work leading up to the event. Each speaker reminded club members that all those New Zealanders involved the AC began at local clubs like Wakatere, it was something for young sailors to aspire to, and also for the whole sailing community to feel proud of.
Following formalities approximately 50 boats took to the water and the day ended in a well attended BBQ.
NOR for Sunburst Nationals available
NOR and Entry Form now available for the Sunburst Nationals and Sunburst 50th Anniversary weekend of sailing, fun and socialising. Click on the event logo at the top of the right column to connect to our dedicated event page.
Exciting times: Red Bull Youth America's Cup & Grand Slam series
Chris Steele doing the USA Match racing Grand Slam series which he is currently leading after two regattas. http://www.usamatchracing.com/2013/#
Jono Spurdle is doingthe Red Bull Youth Americas Cup which starts Sunday, sailing with Peter Burling and the NZL 2 team. Stuart Dodson is ex WBC member sailing with the NZL 1 team (Full Metal Jacket racing). https://www.facebook.com/RBYAC
Silver medal for Somerville and Simpson, World Championship
Markus and Jack moved it up a notch at the 29er World Championship which recently concluded in Aarhus, Denmark. In a massive fleet of 213 boats, representing 25 nations, the boys went into the final series of the gold fleet placed 4th and by the end of the 10 races had worked their way into 2nd overall. Congratulations boys, the end of a great season together. Full results here.
Bronze medal for Markus Somerville and Jack Simpson,Youth Worlds
The 2013 ISAF Youth Worlds have come to a close with Markus and Jack taking bronze in the 29er Class, and contributing to NZ placing 3rd overall as a nation. Isaac McHardie and fellow Hamilton club mate Micah Wilkinson won gold in the SL16 cat... for a full report from YNZ click here
Also on the international stage:
Paul Snow-Hansen sailing with Daniel Willcox (MBSC) now competing in the Olympic class 470 World Champs, La Rochelle, France. Event website..... Paul and Dan finished 7th overall in the 117 boat fleet, with a 3rd placing in the medal race. In the women's division Jo Aleh and Olivia Powrie took the gold medal, a fine follow up to their Olympic Gold medal 1 year ago.
Henry Haslett (WBC & GBC), Optimist Worlds, Italy, 15-26 July 2013.
Report from Harrison Hill, techno, pictured left: I arrived in Lake Garda Torbole on the 8th July to find the weather was scorching hot 32 degrees while the lake is a refreshing 17.
Started racing on the tenth to find the Italians were all very good windsurfers. But have been racing my best to grab a top 10 placing in one of my races. I am improving with every race.
In my age group there are 40 competitors so I'm averaging high 20s at this stage with last day of racing tomorrow. Wind is constant 18 knots.
I have appreciated all the help and support from all fellow club members. The water in Italy is packed with nothing but windsurfers. HEAVEN!!
Craig Smith - new Commodore at the helm
At the 2013 AGM a re-shuffile of the flag officers included the election of a new Commodore as Phil Rzepecky stood down after a two year term. Stepping into this role is Craig Smith, long-time member and sailor in the Sunburst class.
Simon Probert, Optimist Class, becomes the Rear Commodore
Ben Morrison, OK sailor, moves into the Vice Commodore role
Cathy Coleman retains her role as Treasurer
Kate Upton retains her role as Secretary
Also announced at the AGM was the inclusion of four new Life Members - Bruce Yarnton, past Commodore and Sunburst sailor; Karen Yarnton past social events organiser and Sunburst sailor; George and Fay Gair who have also had a very long association with our club as a parents and patrons.
On behalf of Wakatere Club we would like to thank Phil for the enormous amount of work he has volunteered over the last two years as Commodore, his positive approach and friendly smile has been much appreciated.
Wakatere sailors competing on the international circuit
- Markus Somerville and Jack Simpson, 29er Class, ISAF Youth Worlds, Cyprus 13-20 July, 29 entries; also competing for NZ are Sam Barnett & Zak Merton 420 Boys, Liv Mackay & Abby Goodwin 420 Girls, Andrew McKenzie Laser Radial Boys, Isaac McHardie & Micah Wilkinson SL16
- Henry Haslett (WBC & GBC), Optimist Worlds, Italy, 15-26 July 2013
- Paul Snow-Hansen and Dan Willcox (MBSC), 470 Men's Class, Delta Lloyd Regatta, Holland , European Champs, Italy, 8-15 June 2013, 79 entries
- Jordan Stevenson, Optimist North Americans, Bermuda, 3-11 July 2013
- Jono Weston and Kate Stewart,Optimist North Americans, Bermuda, 3-11 July 2013
- Xanthe Copeland and Airi Kawana,Opti Asian Champs, Hayama, Japan 22- 30 August
- Harrison Hill has been competing quite a bit at windsurfing over the past seasons and will be competing on the international stage at 3 Techno Windsurfing Regattas. The first is the Italian Nationals at Lake Garda Italy (11,12,13 July), second will be the Baltic Cup (19,20,21 July) and third the Worlds regatta in Sopot Poland. 30,1,2,3,4th August.
- Robbie McCutcheon and Alice Haslett who are going with the NZIODA Development Squad to the New Caledonian Nationals 17 - 20 October
Please let us know about your sailing events
Are you a Wakatere sailor about to take part in a national or international regatta? Or, if there's a sailor you support who is competing in an event please email the webmaster: firstname.lastname@example.org with a little bit of background of the sailor(s) and their event. It's hard to keep up with all that's going on and we would love to know about what our sailors across all classes and age groups are doing, so don't be shy! Here's a guide:
- Name of sailor(s)
- Age of sailor(s) if they're youths or juniors
- if they're part of a team or an individual entry, other team member's names and clubs if possible
- the class of boat/board
- if it's the result of a selection process
- date of event(s)
- and a link to the event(s) website if possible (we can sort this out if it's too hard)
- any other details you know of which may be of interest, such as expected conditions, numbers participating, anything quirky.
Wakatere Prize Giving
The Club prizegiving was well attended on Friday night, Commodore Phil Rzepecky compered the event which ran smoothly amid families tucking into their byo dinners. Former Wakatere youth sailor Jono Spurdle was introduced and spoke on his recent selection as part of the Junior America's Cup team, and following this each Class rep made their various awards.
The evening closed with the award of the major prizes listed below, and sailors going offshore for various regattas were presented with a much appreciated travel-fund donation, along with best wishes from their Club members.
Junior Sportsmanship - Louis Mayo, Starling Class
Most Helpful Senior member - Graeme Milne
Top Junior Female - Kate Stewart, Opti, P Class and Starling
Meritorious Junior - Markus Somerville and Jack Simpson, 29er NZ and Australian National Championship winners
Top Female Sailor - Ellie Copeland, 5th place Youth Worlds in the 420 Class with Erica Dawson
Meritorious Skipper - Paul Snow-Hansen, NZL Sailing Team, 2012 NZ Olympic 470 men's representative (with Jason Saunders of TPYBC), placed 5th
Commodore's award for outstanding achievement - Amanda Michel, Club communication
2013 Winter sailing at Wakatere BC
Keep an eye out on our Wakatere Facebook page for updates on what's going on at Wakatere over the winter. Simon Probert will be posting information for Opti sailors "We will have the WBC Winter Fun Racing most Saturday afternoons (start date to be advised), the Auckland Winter Sprint Series every second Saturday and starting 4 May with the first racing hosted by Wakatere, and the Force Racing clinics at Lake Pupuke on Sunday mornings. I will provide more information on these later in the month but if anyone needs any further details please let me know"...and we'll have links to international regattas in which Wakatere sailors are taking part.
2012-2013 Season closes
Wakatere's official racing is over for this season.Things were wrapped on Sunday morning with a fun Parent/Child Opti Relay race. In the afternoon the Closing Day Handicap Races were sailed, followed by the Closing Day Barbeque.
While the official season is over, there's sure to be more winter action at the club if recent years are any indication... for example Auckland Winter Sprint Series for juniors kicks off this Saturday at Wakatere. See their Facebook page for all the details AWSS - Facebook page
During the school holidays the club was put to good use by sailors from the NZ ISAF Youth Worlds team training daily, and another group of young group of board sailors attending a clinic run by Bruce Kendall.
3.7 North Island Champs at Takapuna
Derek Snow won the 3.7 North Island Champs run out of Takapuna Boating Club.The competition was held over two days in strong winds and was part of the club's ANZAC regatta, also featuring board sailors incuding Wakatere's Aaron Gibb-Pearson, and Lasers including Matthew Kempkers. Full results.
Congratulations Henry Haslett, winnner of the NZ Opti Champs 2013
Henry Haslett, who represents both Wakatere BC and Glendowie BC, is the winner of the 2013 Optimist Champs, held in Timaru over Easter. It was a difficult regatta for the organisers as there was very little wind and only a small percentage of the scheduled races were sailed. Henry came out on top, snatching the lead on the final day of racing!
"A truly eventful and dramatic end to the Nationals in Timaru this weekend has seen Henry Haslett bring home the National title to Wakatere BC and his other home club Glendowie BC. If you followed the race reports over the weekend you’ll know that Henry and the rest of the sailors attending had to negotiate some of the most difficult conditions for years to claim the title.... more on the Opti portal from Simon Probert
- Worlds Team, Luke Garda, Italy - Henry Haslett
- North Americans, Bermuda - Jordan Stevenson
- Europeans in Hungary - Jono Weston and Kate Stewart
- Asians Champs in Japan - Xanthe Copeland and Airi Kawana
Results for Club Champs (day 1) are on the website with the final races scheduled for Sunday April 28. Club results 2012 -2013 season
Wakatere sailors competing offshore:
Alister Deaves & Miles Addy at OK World Champs, Thailand
The 2013 OK Dinghy World Championship starts next week. Wakatere sailors Miles Addy and Alistair Deaves are competing along with 10 other kiwis in a fleet of 75. Follow their progress at the event website: http://okworlds2013.com/ or www.okdia.org
Markus Somerville & Jack Simpson at RYA Volvo Youth National ChampsMarkus and Jack are in the lead after two days of competition and seven races. 50 crews are taking part, this is the Youth selection series for the British Youth team, with a stray antipodean crew taking part to train for the main event - good luck boys! For updates from the sailors, go the Facebook page: facebook.com/MarkusSomervilleSailing and for full results and event reports go tot he event website: http://events.sailracer.org/eventsite
Paul Snow-Hansen & Dan Willcox at the Princess Sofia regatta, PalmaAfter two days of racing Paul and Dan are placed 5th overall. They have two more races in the qualification round before moving into the Gold fleet. The qualification round result only counts as one score, so it's like a practice regatta before the main event which starts day after tomorrow. Follow their Facebook page for updates. Princess Sofia Regatta Event website
Wakatere is hosting a Windsurfing Regatta, with RS:X competing in the NZ Youth Selection Trials and Techno293 competing in the 6th and final race series of the Kendall Cup.The event will kick off on Saturday and on Sunday run in combination with our Club Champs Day 2 on a separate course.
There has been considerable growth within the Techno class over the last 2 seasons attributed to a core group of parents, coaches and respective clubs, all of which has been acknowledged by the recent support and commitment by YNZ.
As our young Opti sailors look to their future and parents endeavour to retain participation within the sport while belonging to a healthy club environment we invite you to come and observe the weekends event with a thought to learning windsurfing at Wakatere for 2014. Come on down and talk to the team and meet Bruce Kendall and associated guests. Regards, Gary Hill Windsurfing Regatta committee
This is the final Techno Kendall Cup Regatta and RSX Youth Selection Trials
An update from 29er sailors Jack Simpson and Markus Somerville
Over the recent months we have won the Sir Peter Blake regatta, Sail Sydney, the Australian Nationals, the New Zealand Nationals, and Sail Auckland. We are currently training hard, to represent the country at the end of the month at the British Nationals. In July we will travel with Yachting New Zealand to the ISAF Youth Worlds in Cyprus and then on to the Open Worlds in Denmark.
..... good luck boys
Wakatere Opti sailors winners at the OKI 6hr race
From Sail-World.com report: Devonport’s Wakatere Sailing Club’s Jonathan Nicholas and Henry Haslett won the OPTI 6-hr race, run prior to the start of the main event. The boys crossed the finish line ahead of two coming joint second, also both from Wakatere.
'It's a bit of a surprise to win,' said Haslett, 13. 'We...more
The WBC Senior Classes Regatta 9-10 March 2013
The WBC Senior Classes Regatta is this weekend and for the first time it will be bigger and better than ever with racing over 2 days. It’s being run in conjunction with the Sunburst Auckland Champs and the Jolly Boat Nationals. We expect there'll also be a great turn-out from the OK fleet who have a strong base at our club, and lets hope we see some senior skiffs on the skiff course with the 29ers.... and many more.
There is no junior sailing at the club on Sunday.
Intersecondary Schools Fleet Racing Regatta, 7-8 March,Wakatere BC
This is a fantastic two day regatta with 3 quick races per day.
1) Sailors can only enter this regatta through the school’s sports coordinator. Link to NOR and SIs http://www.collegesport.co.nz/sport/zone/72/yachting
2) Entries Close 28th February
3) We would appreciate support from any yacht clubs in the form of safety boats. If you can bring one contact Peter Mayo at email@example.com or Kim Admore. Hope to see you there.
Kim Admore| Regional Support Officer Yachting New Zealand DDI 09 412 783
Email firstname.lastname@example.org Fax 09 412 7837 Mobile 021 1126 737
Wakatere OK Dinghy Invitational - 24 February 2013
By Bob Smith
On Sunday 24 February one of New Zealand's leading OK Dinghy strongholds, Wakatere
Boating Club held its inaugural OK Dinghy Invitational. A number
of former and prospective OK sailors were invited to compete in two races
(in conjunction with normal Wakatere Sunday afternoon club racing) in OK
Dinghies provided by... more
Jack Simpson and Markus Somerville a winning combination
Jack and Markus are having the sailing summer of their lives in the 29er skiff. Early in the season Jack and Markus travelled to Australia where they won the Austrlian 29er Nationals; following that the boys have won the NZ 29er Nationals and Sail Auckland and look assured of a place in the YNZ Youth Team which will complete in the ISAF Youth Worlds later this year. Well done boys! We hope to post a report from the boys in the near future.
Auckland Optimist Championship 2013
The final day of racing at the 2013 Optimist Auckland Champs has come to a close at Wakatere BC with Nick Egnot Johnson, Leonard Takahashi-Fry and Jackson Keon, all of Murrays Bay SC, taking the top three spots in the eleven race series. .read more on our dedicated web page..
Day two of the Optimist Auckland Champs at Wakatere BC saw a continuation of conditions of day one - sunshine, moderate to strong easterly winds, choppy seas and great racing.
Having put away four races, the Open fleet leaderboard featured some significant changes. Nick Egnot Johnson (MBSC) has moved into first with healthy lead of 9 points over Hamish Clark of Queen Charlotte YC; first female sailor and positioned third is Wakatere's own.....read more on our dedicated web page..
Sailors, family and supporters arrived at Wakatere Club this morning to find a well oiled volunteer wheel clicking over, and perfect sailing conditions. Ninety five Open fleet and 35 Green fleet from all over New Zealalnd, as well as...read more on our dedicated web page.
Matthew Kempkers 2nd - Laser Radial Nationals 2013
In one of a number of National championships being sailed last weekend, Matthew Kempkers placed second in a fleet of around 30 Laser Radials at Napier Sailing Club. Overall winner was Andrew McKenzie, with Matthew second on countback over first woman, Rachel Basevi.For full results click here
Bruce Yarnton with Imogen Rowe 2nd - Sunburst Nationals 2013
The 2013 Sunburst Nationals were held at the Port Chalmers Yacht Club on Otago Harbour over the weekend of January 19- 21. Three Wakatere boats were shipped down in a container, and a fourth crew borrowed a local boat and used their own sails. Four boats went from the Worser Bay Club making eight North Island boats out of a fleet of 30. The conditions were cold, very windy much of the time and quite unlike the Auckland summer weather of late... click here for more on the Sunburst Portal
Wakatere NZIODA teams racing champions
The Teams Racing regatta held at the club last Saturday was a huge amount of work for the organisers, a huge effort for the sailors - but what a fantastic event!
Almost perfect conditions for racing greeted us in the morning with light winds and flat seas. As many of the teams hadn’t done a lot of teams racing, it took a few rounds for everyone to get back into the swing of things and then the battles really started heating up.
Our visitors from Korea made a strong challenge and managed a semi-final berth and all three Wakatere teams took some scalps along the way. However the best news of the day was the final result - 1st Wakatere1; 2nd Murrays Bay 1; 3rd Queen Charlotte Yacht Club.
Congratulations! Awesome trophy. For full results, go to the Optimist AK Champs page.
A huge thank you to Terry and Simone Nicholas for organising the event along with Dave Johnson from MBSC, and to everyone else who mucked in and helped out.
Russell Woods wins 2013 OK Nationals
At the OK Dinghy Nationals, held at Napier Sailing Club from 30 December - 4 January, Russell Wood placed first with afour point margin over Paul Rhodes of Worser Bay. Ben Morrison placed third a further three points behind in the 30 boat fleet. From Wakatere Rod Davis placed 15th, Miles Addy 18th, Brett Graham 19th and Nigel Comber 28th. Well done Russell!
Christmas party and Black Stick regatta
Following the great sailing on Saturday we saw a steady easterly on Sunday, and some great sailing for the Black Stick regatta. This turned out to be a fast race. Earlier in the morning the Optimist sailors and their parents swapped places (in Optis) with some hilarious results, you know who you are!! And throughout the weekend, the A Class sailors were out in numbers, looking very impressive too.
Perhaps the best was for last - Santa on the tractor, enjoyed by young and older alike.
We had a very well supported Christmas barbeque with entertainment from local band "Lost Authority" which went down well. A huge thankyou to Pamela Jones and all of the people who got stuck in and helped in the kitchen - with food and cleaning up. Mike Simpson did us proud again with gourmet lamb!! The new kitchen continues to come into its own on club occasions like this.
Finally I would like to wish all club members and their families a happy and safe Christmas. Good luck to those competing in regattas over the holiday season.
Commodore, Philip Rzepecky
Gary Hill reports on the NI Windsurfing Champs and Kendall Camp
Had a great weekend down at the North Island Windsurfing Champs and extended Kendall camp this week. Attended by Harrison 3rd under 17 boy and 4th overall in a fleet of 17. William Clough first under 15 boy.
Really well attended and a growing fleet of fine sailors form Wakatere,Murrays Bay, Manly, Kohi, Tauranga, Rotorua, Christchurch. A good read can be found here: http://www.yachtingnz.org.nz/news/201212/tauranga-puts-it-on-for-the-boards-and-kites
Looking forward to a great event when Wakatere host the RSX Youth Selection and last Techno Kendall Cup race on March 23rd 24th
Thanks for all the support this year.
Jonathon Weston a winner at the Junior Regatta
What a great day! Auckland turned on summer weather, and the pohutukawas were in blossom at Narrow Neck beach for the pre-Christmas Wakatere Junior Regatta. 98 boats turned up to take advantage of the great conditions and sailed the scheduled four races.
The start was delayed a few hours while waiting for the northerly easterly breeze to arrive, this was a good decision as sailors enjoyed back to back racing in a small chop with a light to moderate breeze just after midday. Great to see so many parents helping and enjoying the sunshine. The prize giving was well attended with lots of spot prizes, and with local Olympic 470 dinghy sailor Paul Snow-Hansen handing out medals and congratulations.
The Optimist Open fleet featured 37 boats, the largest fleet in attendance, and racing was fairly tight at the top. Wakatere sailor, Jonathon Weston, was rewarded for his consistency and placed first; with Nick Egnot-Johnson in second and James Wilson in third - both from Murrays Bay SC.
In the Starling class a healthy fleet of 20 took part and Sam Barnett of Tauranga YPBC (and ex-Wakatere) had a great set of results to place first, while Sam Wallis of Wakatere came through in second from another Tauranga sailor Zak Merton in third.
In the P Class a group of seven local sailors were putting in some valuable racing practice for their Nationals which are a few weeks away in Nelson. Leonard Takahashi-Fry of Murrays Bay SC finished on top and one point ahead of second placed Tim Adair who represented both Wakatere and Murrays Bay SC, with Kate Stewart of Wakatere in third overall, and first girl.
The 29er Class featured only four boats, but they were very colourful and enjoyed the racing. The Hamilton/Kohimarama combination of Isaac McHardie and Micah Wilkinson placed first; Murrays Bay combination of Josh Handa and Jack Rogers placed second; Kohimarama sailors WilliamMcKenzie and Sam Simpson placed third; and Wakatere's Aidan Nicholas and Rory McCutcheon placed fourth.
The Optimist Green fleet was well attended - 29 sailors practiced their skillswith some very close racing - Murrays Bay cleaned up with Campbell Stanton first, Josh Berry second and Henry Wilson third. And lets not forget the one Sunburst who took part - well done Finn Buckeridge and Ben Harris.
Wakatere Club would like to thank all those who volunteered their help on the water, onshore and in the kitchen, it's very much appreciated and we can't do it without you! We would also like to thank all those who donated spot prizes.
Full results are available on the RESULTS page.
Sunburst and Zephyrs at Lake Taupo
A busy sailing weekend - the Zephyrs and Sunbursts travelled to Lake Taupo YC for the weekend to take part in their North Island Championships which was part of a wooden boats event. Conditions were cold in the mornings and the Lake delivered shifty winds.
In the Zephyr class Grant Beck placed first on countback after doing battle with his arch rival Tim Snedden. In the Sunburst class five crews from Wakatere took part, and Bruce Yarnton with new crewmate Imogen Rowe placed second just one point ahead of fellow club members Mike and Suzanne Long; Kevin Whitehead and Jane Hawkins placed 7th, Craig and Merryn Smith placed 11th while Dee and Robert Ankersmit placed 19th.
Sir Peter Blake Regatta 2012
This weekend sailors enjoyed a large turnout and plenty of wind for the Sir Peter Blake regatta at Auckland's Torbay Yacht Club. Wakatere sailors represented most classes and gathered together at the tent base onshore.
The following sailors had results in the top ten: 29er Jack Simpson and Marcus Somerville 1st - winning every race in the 10 boat fleet, with Ellie Copeland and Erica Dawson 2nd; P Class Kate Stewart 4th; Starlings Sam Wallis 4th and Rory McCutcheon 6th; Starling Green fleet Luke Hardie 9th; Bic Techno Harrison Hill 4th and William Clough 5th; 3.7 Derek Snow 2nd; Opti Open fleet Henry Haslett 3rd, Airi Kawana 6th and Josh Bull 7th; and Opti Green fleet Francesco Kayrouz 4th. For full results, click here.
Chris Steele Match Racing in Sydney
Last week skipper Chris Steele competed in two match racing events in Sydney. Chris and his team won the Musto Youth International Racing series, and placed second in the Harken International Youth Match Racing Champs. See the report of the final days racing in the Harken event.
Wakatere at the Opti North Islands 2012
The most important of the recent regattas was for our Open sailors who attended the Optimist North Island Champs in Taupo over three days, because it was also a NZ ranking regatta.The whole squad performed really well in some testing conditions, and the three day format is a great test of a sailor’s fitness and stamina.
The first day was relatively light with wind between 8 and 2 knots and very shifty as always. Saturday and Sunday turned cold with strong cold SW winds and rain whipping up short seas providing a real test of skill. We also had Green feet racing on Saturday and Sunday and Rachel Willison and Lewis Dol should be congratulated for getting out there and giving it a go. We look forward to seeing your progress in Green fleet this year.
On all three days we saw our Wakatere sailors perform to the highest level with nearly everyone achieving personal milestones of some sort. Day 1 was all about Greta Stewart and Jono Weston (left) and their top 5 placing in multiple races. This year a system was introduced where the top 5 sailors received a bib with their regatta placing on it, similar to the Olympics. The whole team was hugely proud to see Jono achieve the 5th place bib after day one. Sadly Harry Milne and Josh Bull were sick for Day 1 with Josh never really recovering all weekend.
As the wind increased so did the influence of experience in the fleet and some of our more seasoned sailors started to make more progress to the front with top 20 results from Xanthe Copeland, Kate Stewart and Harry Milne (who battled sickness all weekend and still placed some fantastic results), Henry Haslett (1st in race 4), and Airi Kawana including a 3rd race placing from Xanthe. However Jono was in the ‘zone’ all weekend - finishing in a superb 5th place overall (and holds that bid until January at Wakatere), from Mr. Consistent Airi in 13th, Henry in 23rd, followed by Kate, Greta and Xanthe in 26th, 29th and 33rd. The whole squad should be congratulated for some superb efforts in one of toughest regattas of the year and remember… the next one is on our home turf!
Open fleet results at http://ltyc.org.nz/results/2012%20NI%20Opti%20Champs%20Open%20FINAL.html
Green fleet results at http://ltyc.org.nz/results/NIOPTIgreen.htm
Year 7 & 8 School Regatta
This schools team event held annually at Kohimarama is great fun and a fantastic opportunity to represent your school in sailing. Once again our sailors showed their class to place 1st (Greta), 2nd (Xanthe) and 3rd (Henry) overall in a fleet of 59. Our local school, Belmont Intermediate took the Schools Trophy for the first time ever, with a Team of Jono Nicholas, James Grover Grey ( out of retirement), Harry Milne, Jono Weston and Finn Buckeridge. Well done to all those who took part and wasn't the warm weather a pleasant change from the cold of Taupo!
Kitchen Duties at Wakatere
Please note that we now have kitchen duty rosters for both the morning and afternoon sessions at the club. Please go to the Sailing & Club Admin page to check whether you're on the list. If you are not listed, but would like to help, please contact Anthea Dunning.
Change of plan - Christmas Bash on Sunday 16 December
We've had a change of plan - the Club Christmas party is now the Wakatere family Christmas BASH on 16 December, NOT this Friday night.
We've decided to put a lot of effort into making our last club day for the year, Sunday 16th December, a really special Christmas day. There will be morning coaching and then the historic Black Stick Race. After that, back on shore, Father Christmas will visit and we will have a super barbecue and live music from two local bands into the evening! This will be a family focused way for our club to celebrate Christmas. Please support the day by coming along. More details will be available soon.
SUNDAY RACING - GLAMOUR BBQ - LIVE MUSIC - SANTA - FAMILY PARTY - CHRISTMAS FUN
For some great shots of Opti training yesterday, taken by Neil Wallis, go to our Facebook page. You do not need to have your own Facebook account to access our page, and you can go there by clicking on the link just to the right on this page - in the narrow column.
Club & Twilight Series results available
For results from our Twilight series, and last weekend's club racing, go to the main menu and go to RESULTS/CLUB RESULTS
Sunday afternoon racing
Lasers and Starlings coming ashore after Sunday afternoon racing and under an inky sky. For more photos, click here.
Bookings are now open for ordering club sweatshirts & NEW jackets. For details and to view the new Wakatere Soft Shell Hooded Jackets click here.
Jackets available in black only. Our popular sweatshirts available in charcoal or Navy.
For details & to order, go online to our BOOKINGS page http://www.wakatere.org.nz/cms/index.php?option=com_seminar
Orders are open for 1 week and close next Sunday 4th November @ 5pm.
They will be on display this Sunday afternoon at the club. For further information, contact Simone Nicholas email@example.com
Twilight sailing underway
The Twilight Series got underway last night with a reasonable turn out from the Optimist fleet, a 29er, a Laser and one Sunburst were also spotted on the water. The weather was fine with a light offshore breeze giving the sailors some practice in the fickle gusts it brings. Last week the scheduled sailing was blown out, so this was the first evening of sailing - see our programme for the remainder of the series. All club classes are welcome.
Learn to Sail brave the weather during October school holidays
Believe it or not, the Wakatere Learn to Sail programme managed to slot in a course during the October School holiday despite the relentless windsd we've been experiencing.
A fresh young group of sailors were guided through the learn to sail programme by Charlie and his coaches Susannah and Briar, and with the invaluable support of their parents - helping to get them on and off the water; in and out of warm sailing clothes and much more.
Wakatere sailors nominated for YNZ Excellence Awards
YNZ have announced their winners and finalists for the YNZ Excellence Awards. Among those nominated are Wakatere sailors: Mike Keeton - Gold medal at the Laster Master World Champs, and Paul Snow-Hansen with Jason Saunders - 5th at the Olympics; and in the Young Sailor category we have Ellie Copeland with Erica Dawson - 5th at the Youth Worlds, and Alex Munro with Trent Rippey - for the 29er Class
NEW Sunburst Portal
We now have a keen club member looking after our newly establised Sunburst Portal. So, if you're a Sunburst sailor, you'll now be able to check out that part of the site for news and events specific to your own class. Featured on the portal are a photo gallery, a page of technical artlcles, and a page of links to other sites of interest. To access the Sunburst Portal, look down the main menu on your left.
The season opened this weekend with the traditional address from our Commodore, club Patron and president - and then ever-popular firing of the cannon. The weather has been exceptionally 'spring-like' for the last few weeks and this weekend sailing was blown out - so no Opening Day Regatta unfortunately.
The BBQ was well attended however, and we're looking forward to better weather and a whole lot of sailing at Wakatere!
Better late than never - many thanks to all those who attended the working bee a few weeks back. Such a hive of activity in and out of the clubrooms - and lots of valuable maintenance, organising and cleaning was sorted so that we can start the new season in good shape.
Paul Snow-Hansen and Jason Saunders at the 2012 Olympics
At the recently completed 2012 Olympics Paul Snow-Hansen of Wakatere, and Jason Saunders of Tauranga Yacht Club, enjoyed the regatta of their lives to place 5th overall in the men's 470 fleet.
Racing was held out of Weymouth, on the southern coast of the UK, where the Olympic classes have been gathering annually for the last four years to familiarise themselves with the venue. At the most recent of these familarising regattas, named Sail for Gold, Paul and Jason had come away with a third placing and their fourth podium placing on the international circuit.
Over the two week Olympic period conditions began with moderate to heavy winds but as time progressed they lightened off to very little breeze. For the 470 men racing began approximately 5 days into the event and with a moderate breeze. The venue featured a number of courses, each of which presented a different set of challenges.
Paul and Jason's first challenge was to overcome a disqualification in the opening race but they went on to score three top ten placings which put them into bronze medal contention partway through the regatta. As racing progressed this position was relinquished, however the 21 year olds qualified for the medal race in fifth place.
Racing was delayed a day due to lack of wind. In this race they still had an outside chance of regaining the bronze medal should all their stars align - this was not to be, but their 7th place resulted in Paul and Jason retaining their fifth position. While they were hoping to medal, this is a very exciting result for the duo who are comparatively young in this fleet. Well done boys, Wakatere is very proud of you!
As an aside, when the women's 470 medal race was held shortly after the completion of the men's race, Jo Aleh and Olivia Powrie made New Zealand sailing history by winning the race and taking the gold... this was on top of a silver medal for Peter Burling (Tauranga) and Blair Tuke (Kerikeri) in the 49er and a very exciting conclusion to the Olympic sailing event.
Munro, Simpson and Somerville at the 29er Worlds
The 29er Worlds are underway with a record-breaking 220 boat fleet in Sopot, Germany. Wakatere sailors Markus Somerville/Jack Simpson and Alex Munro, sailing with Trent Rippey of Tauranga, are taking part after recently competing in the Europeans and ISAF Youth Worlds respectively.
The six race qualification round was completed overnight leaving Alex and Trent in 34th and Markus and Jack in 35th which will hopefully see them through to the gold fleet - if the 220 boat fleet is split four ways. Also competing are Alexander Maloney and Molly Meech who are placed 22nd.
To follow progress go to the event website: http://www.29erworlds.org/
Alistair Deaves at the OK Worlds, Denmark, 21-28 July
Alistair Deaves and three fellow NZ sailors have travelled to Denmark to compete in the OK Worlds sailed out of Vallensbaek. Racing begins on 24 July. For the event website click here http://www.okworlds2012.okjolle.dk/
Ellie Copeland and Alex Munro at the ISAF Youth Worlds
The New Zealand Youth team have come to the end of their Worlds in Dublin Bay, Ireland. Wakatere's Ellie Copeland, sailing with Erica Dawson, and Alex Munro, sailing with Trent Rippey, can hold their heads high after placing 5th and 8th respectively in difficult conditions. For a full overview of the event by YNZ coach Ian Neely click here. For the event website with full results click here
Markus Somerville and Jack Simpson 13th in the 29er Europeans
The 29er European championship sailed in Sopot, Poland, has come to an end. Two NZ crews took taking part including Wakatere's youth partnership of Markus Somerville with Jack Simpson, along with the MBSC/Tauranga combination of Alexander Maloney with Molly Meech.
Markus and Jack finished in 13th position overall in a mixed fleet of 99 boats, they were also the 7th youth crew. The regatta began with a qualification round in which Markus and Jack placed 23rd, this result is taken through to the final round and from here they climbed the ladder. Race highlights while in the gold fleet were top ten results including a 5th, a 3rd and two 9ths. Alexander and Molly finished in 17th overall and third female crew. For full results on the event website: http://www.29ereuropeans.org/index.php/results1/
Markus and Jack, Alexander and Molly, now move onto the 29er Worlds competition in Germany where Wakatere/Napier combination Alex Munro and Trent Rippey will also take part having recently completed the ISAF Youth Worlds..
Tim Adair & team at the Optimist Dinghy Worlds, Dominican Republic
Day 4: Racing is slow at the Optimist Dinghy Worlds - lack of wind and thunder storms are playing havoc with the sailing schedule and after 4 days a total of 4 races have been completed by all fleets. The usual mid-regatta teams racing event is coming up and then fleet racing resumes, when we hope conditions will improve for the remainder of the world championship.The venue is stunning though - For a full report to date, and sailing photos, go to Sail World.
For the team's Facebook page which features venue photographs along with comments from parents and supporters click here: Opti teamFacebook page . You DO NOT need to have a Facebook account yourself to view this page, however only account holders can make comments.
Day 1: The 2012 Optimist Dinghy Worlds opened today with measurement and registration. Racing begins on the 17th and 15 races are scheduled with a maximum of three races per day. For the event website click here:http://www.optiworlds2012.org/
Wakatere sailors finish well at the Laser Radial Men's Worlds
At the conclusion of the Laser Radial Men's World Championship in Brisbane, Australia, the Wakatere trio of Logan Dunning-Beck, James Roberts and Matthew Kempkers finished well in the 54 boat fleet. All three sailors of the young men made the top division and can put this relatively close-to-home experience under their belts for future international campaigns.
Logan was the top placed Wakatere sailor, finishing strongly in 8th overall, James placed 11th and Matthew 20th For full results: event website by clicking here.
Racing at the Laser Radial Worlds was programmed to begin on Thursday 12 July, however light winds in Brisbane, Australia, delayed racing until the following day. On Friday the RO managed to get three races away, with only one further race today, Saturday.
Day 3: Wakatere's young guns James Roberts, Matthew Kempkers and Logan Dunning-Beck are competing in a fleet of approximately 54 boats. On Day 3, and after 4 races, we see James in 7th and Matthew in 11th, while Logan is climbing back up the fleet in 28th after a shaky start.
Ellie and Alex competing in the ISAF Youth Worlds
Wakatere youth sailors Ellie Copeland and Alex Munro are members of the NZ Youth Worlds team competing in Ireland. Ellie sails in the female 420 with Erica Dawson of Murrays Bay SC, and Alex sails withTrent Rippey of Tauranga BCin the 29er skiff. Racing begins of the 14th of July, for the event website click here
Finn Drummond reports on the A Class Cat Europeans
From the 24th to the 29th of July I competed in the A-class European Championships in Lake Garda, Italy. I flew to Italy straight after my last exam and got half a day of training in before the regatta. The boat I used in the regatta is called a ‘dna’ which has C foils which provide lift. In New Zealand I was used to sailing in a boat with straight boards. I was on very steep learning curve.
The regatta was held in predominantly strong ‘Ora’ winds that blow from the south between 15-20kts. At the start of the regatta . . . more
Ellie Copeland competing at international 420 event
Ellie Copeland, sailing with Erica Dawson of Murrays Bay SC, is presently competing in Europe at the Nieuwpoortweek regatta. This event serves as a warm-up regatta for the girls before going to the Youth Worlds which begin shortly in Ireland.http://www.nieuwpoortweek.be/index.php/news/results-2012/results-420.html
Matthew Kempkers at Laser Radial Youth World Champs
See how Wakatere Laser Radial Youth sailor Matthew Kempkers is getting on at the World Champs in Australia. Also competing from NZ are Mahia Pepper and Jack Collinson who have had association with our club over the years; NZ Youth Team representative Andrew McKenzie; as well as Cullen Le Roy, Berrick Fitzsimons, Jacob Miller, Keith Inglis, and Charles Corston.
After 7 races there are four NZL boys are in the gold fleet, Andrew McKenzie is placed 2nd overall, Matthew Kempkers is on 11th and pts behind 10th, Mahia Pepper is 13th and Jack Collinson has worked his way up to 16th. http://results.rqys.com.au/12-YOUTHRADIALBOYS.htm for full results