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Wakatere sailors in the 2016 NZ travelling teams are:
  • Josh Hyde – European Champs, Italy
  • Ella Gladwell – European Champs, Italy
  • Josh Schon – North American Champs, Antigua
  • George Lee-Rush – North American Champs, Antigua
  • Robbie McCutcheon – Asian Champs, Sri Lanka
  • Luke Cashmore - Asian Champs, Sri Lanka
  • Brayden Hamilton - Asian Champs, Sri Lanka

AWSS starts this May

The Auckland Junior Winter Sprint Series is back for 2016. This Saturday afternoon series is for Open & Green fleet Optimists, P Class & Starlings. It's shared around several Auckland clubs with up to 4 short races scheduled on each date.

Registration: 12:30 - 13:00, $20 cash entry payable on the day

Briefing: 12:50

First race: 1:30

Set these dates aside - 7 May @ Kohi ; 21 May @ MBSC ; 11 June @ Wakatere ; 25 June @ MBSC; 2 July @ Wakatere; 30 July - venue tbc; 13 August - venue tbc; 27 August - venue tbc;  10 Sept @ MBSC in conjunction with the Ice Breaker Regatta. 

See Facebook for more information and updates - Auckland Junior Winter Sprint Series Facebook

Greg Lee 
Wakatere Opti Open Rep

 

2015/2016 Wakatere Wrap

 

The 2016 Opti Nationals was not what most were expecting, little to no wind and lots of waiting around and no racing at all on the first and last day for the Open fleet , but that’s sailing!

The Australian visitors, expecting lots of rain and 30 knots, unfortunately dominated the regatta with 5 Australians in the top 10, while many of NZ's experienced and bigger sailors struggled for pace and consistency in the light and shifty conditions.  First Wakatere sailor (and 10th Kiwi) was George Lee Rush followed by Josh Hyde in 24th (14th Kiwi),  Ella Gladwell in 29th (16th Kiwi) and Josh Schon in 32nd (19th Kiwi), with Fran Kayrouz, Luke Cashmore, Robbie McCutcheon, Brayden Hamilton and Robbie Wooldridge rounding out Wakatere’s sailors in the top 50.  The final results led to some significant changes to the overall NZIODA rankings for the season, and the makeup of the travelling teams. 

Conditions for Green Fleet racing were good with the light winds, although large wind shifts and variable conditions made for some challenging racing for young sailors. The Wakatere Green fleet showed outstanding promise.  The Fong boys were in contention for high placings right up to the end of the regatta with Zach Fong finishing 3rd and Ethan 12th.  Other notable placings were Will Sims in 6th and Brody Cooper in 9th.  We look forward to seeing these sailors joining the Open ranks for next season.

OPTI NATS RESULTS 

NZIODA RANKINGS  

Final end of 2015/2016 season rankings for Wakatere sailors (inside top 25):

  • Josh Hyde 8th
  • Josh Schon 10th
  • George Lee-Rush 12th  
  • Francesco Kayrouz 14th
  • Ella Gladwell 17th
  • Luke Cashmore 18th
  • Robbie McCutcheon 19th
  • Brayden Hamilton 21st

 

Placing in Nationals (inside top 50): 

  • George Lee Rush 17th (10th Kiwi)
  • Josh Hyde 24th (14th Kiwi)
  • Ella Gladwell 29th (16th Kiwi)
  • Josh Schon 32nd (19th Kiwi)
  • Fran K 33rd (20th Kiwi)
  • Luke Cashmore 36th (23rd Kiwi)
  • Robbie McC 38th (25th Kiwi)
  • Brayden Hamilton 39th (26th Kiwi)
  • Robbie Wooldridge 43rd (30th Kiwi)

 

WBC Sailors selected for Travelling Teams:                  

  • Euros - Josh Hyde, Ella Gladwell. Travelling to Crotone, Italy
  • NAMs - Josh Schon, George Lee Rush, Fran Kayrouz. Travelling to Antigua
  • Asians - Luke Cashmore, Robbie McCutcheon, Brayden Hamilton. Travelling to Trincomalee, Sri Lanka 
  • Girls Dev Team: Ella Gladwell 
  • Noumea Dev Team: Robbie Wooldridge 

Opti Coaching Part 2

Coaching for the second half of the season for Opti sailors starts mid February 2016. The coaching will focus on training for the Opti Nationals which luckily for you is in Auckland this year at Kohi YC, Easter 24-29 March 2016. REGATTA WEBSITE 

We have new 2016 courses for Opti Green / 4 Star Open / 5 Star Open and our Sunday programmes - C1/C2 and LTR will also continue as normal and follow the club days on our SAILING PROGRAMME

An online booking must be completed prior to your first session - BOOK HERE 

- 5 Star starts Thurs 2nd Feb
- 4 Star & Green fleet starts Saturday 13th Feb
- Sunday C1/C2 
- Sunday LTR starts Sunday 14th Feb 
 

WAKATERE OPTI PATHWAY: Learn to Sail, Sunday C1, Sunday C2, Sunday Learn to Race, join afternoon club racing, Green Fleet Coaching, 4 Star Open Coaching, 5 Star Open Coaching. 

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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