2015 Optimist North Island Championship was held in Napier 13-15 November. It was a very competitive Open Fleet regatta with 110 sailors + 34 Green fleet, sailors came from as far south as Dunedin & Canterbury, north from Bay of Islands, east as New Plymouth, and west as Australia. It was great to have an Australian contingent to increase the intensity.
As with all national ranking regattas, there was a mix of challenging conditions for the sailors in the open ocean of Napier. Day 1 was SW shifty breeze of 5-20 knots, cold, rain, hail, sun, and that was just the first leg of the course! Day 2 was NE 7 knots with ocean swell and chop on top. Day 3 was light NE/E flat water and sailors that picked the breeze shifting right did well.
Wakatere had a great performance at the top end of Open fleet overall and age group prizes including 2nd overall Robbie McCutcheon and 1st girl overall Ella Gladwell. 2nd overall in Green Fleet was Kahn Yazici. This sets the scene for a great season for Wakatere and beyond.
Results and key performances are noted on our CLASSES / Optimist page
Photo: 2015 Feva Nats @SailWorld
We are pleased to announce that the second NZ Feva Nationals will be held at Wakatere BC over the last weekend of the 2016 April school holidays. The second half of our club season will all be about gearing up for it.
Three coaching groups are starting this week (from November 2015). The first two follow the International Feva standard of an Open group for any age group and Junior group where both sailors are under 17. These sessions are for club members only. The third group is a Ladies Only weekday Learn to Sail Course and is open to members and non-members on a casual basis. All options are now open for bookings with full information available on each link-
We also have a large group of newly arrived Fevas from the UK that have been purchased by club members, so hopefully our numbers for Sunday afternoon club racing will swell.
Something for everyone (new and used) this Sunday from 11am - 1pm. Even something for those shore based parents that need some wet weather gear. Last minute drop-offs accepted from 9:30am.