NZIODA Regattas

  • 2019 North Island Optimist Championships – Recap.
    New Plymouth's reputation as New Zealand's premiere big wave open ocean sailing venue is well intact after the 2019 North Island Optimist Championships this past weekend. Big waves and at times good breeze meant the young intrepid sailors will be spinning yarns about the walls of water for years to come and no doubt the wave heights and sailor prowess in managing the mountainous conditions will increase with each telling of the story to their mates. Great stuff !  Day 1 dawned with a moderate northerly of around 15 knots. A building wind swell combined with a long period Southwesterly … Read more
  • North Island Champs – New Plymouth 8th – 10th Nov
    Less than two weeks to go before our first ranking regatta of the season kicks off under the mountain in New Plymouth. Time to get your entries in (enter here) and finalise your travel plans. Download or update the NZIODA app to access the latest information on what promises to be a great event. There has been some awesome early season training going on around the country leading into the first ranking regatta of the season. The footage out of Worser bay clinic over the long weekend has been amazing, and good to see great turnouts at coaching clinics in … Read more
  • Maraetai to host 2020 NZIODA Auckland Championships
    Maraetai Sailing Club are very excited to announce they will once again be hosting the Optimist Auckland Champs over Auckland Anniversary weekend 25th, 26th, 27th January 2020! For those that have experienced the previous Auckland Champs regattas at Maraetai, I’m sure there will be no doubt that this will once again be a fantastic event! Although MSC is one of the smaller Auckland clubs, the team pride themselves offering exceptional hospitality with great assistance launching and retrieving, very well organised race management setup, a great array of prizes and delicious catering to boot! Some of the natural advantages at Maraetai … Read more
  • 2016 Auckland Champs Results
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  • Thrilling Finish To 2014 Optimist National Championship
    The 2014 Toyota National Optimist Championship final day was a real thriller on both open and green fleets. We were once again treated to a great breeze. Peaking at 18 knots, it yet again tested the sailors strengths, particularly with the gusts and shifts coming thorough. In open fleet our top sailors mixed it up a bit by dropping back in most if not all races however their consistency throughout the regatta paid off and we saw Scott McKenzie hold onto his lead and take out the Ralph Roberts Trophy as National Champion. Sam Bacon who finished with a strong … Read more
  • Big Week Of Sailing Ahead For NZL Optimist Sailors
    New Zealands largest single class regatta of the year, the 2014 Toyota Optimist National Championships is about to commence at Manly Sailing Club on the Whangaparaoa Peninsula. Racing gets underway next Friday April 18, where 265 sailors from 5 countries will race up to 15 races over the five days of racing. For many sailors it will be more than a week of sailing and training. Before the main event commences, the Pre Nationals regatta ( 127 entries to date) will run at Manly this Saturday and Sunday 11-12 April. Next Wednesday and Thursday 16-17 April will see the NZL … Read more
  • Final Day Of Optimist North Islands
    The final day of the Optimist North Islands got underway in the continued light conditions of 4-6knots so it was a true day for good clear thinking and strategic sailing and it was a Kiwi, Scott McKenzie from Kohimarama Yacht Club in the Gold Fleet, who led the way with a great display of skill in reading the shifts and good boat speed in the conditions, taking two firsts to pull away from Australian Otto Henry to take the title by three points. Third place also went to Australia with Alexander Higgins keeping the next Kiwi sailor, Jackson Keon at … Read more
  • NZIODA North Island Champs Day 2
    Day two of the North Island Optimist Champs dawned grey and overcast with a light drizzle and no wind. As the morning progressed the rain set in and any chance of wind disappeared so PRO Gerald Martin made a great call and postponed racing for three hours. By 1.00pm the sky had lightened and a light westerly breeze was enough for both the Open and Green Fleet to be sent out. The conditions were very light and the sea state choppy making the sailing a real challenge and it was the Australians who led the way with some excellent results. … Read more
  • NZIODA North Island Champs Day 1
    The NZIODA North Island Champs commenced in light and shifty conditions for the Open Fleet in New Plymouth. With over 100 entries the fleet has been split into two and it was with a great deal of skill PRO Gerald Martin completed three races in the qualifying series before the end of the day. As you can imagine the results reflect the tricky conditions and no clear leaders can be established as yet though, all who have finished within the top 10-15 have a chance of taking out the event. Final placings are awaiting protest hearings and as soon as … Read more
  • NZIODA Optimist Regatta Season Underway
    The NZIODA Optimist Regatta season gets underway today (Friday 15th November) with the North Island Championship, a three day regatta to be held at the New Plymouth Yacht Club. Yachting New Zealand Regional Manager Wayne Holdt  has spent considerable time to ensure around 150 optimist sailors from throughout the country, and including 20 from Australia, are set to begin the 12 race series on Friday. Light conditions are predicted so it should be an ideal early season warm up as well as a great first up regatta for many sailors who are entering the regatta scene for the first time.The … Read more
  • 2012 North Island Champs
    The Optimist North Islands were recently hosted by Lake Taupo Yacht Club, Nov 16-18, and were held in very challenging conditions including a wide range of wind strengths and cold temperatures throughout. The open fleet had 119 sailors from across 14 NZ Clubs and 5 Australian Clubs. Nick Egnot- Johnson from Murrays Bay Sailing Club sailed consistently in the 12 race event finishing 6 points ahead of his club mate Leonard Takahshi-Fry in second place. Alec Brodie (Middle Harbour/RPAYC  Australia) sailed solidly into third. Karensa Jennings also from Murrays Bay Sailing Club was the first girl, finishing 10th overall. Green fleet … Read more
  • Tim Adair Wins Auckland Champs 2012
    Congratulations to Tim Adair for winning the 2012 Auckland Champs held at Howick Sailing Club, March 3,4. Tim showed the rest of the 110 boat fleet how to deal with tricky shifty conditions by scoring incredibly consistent results of (2),1,1,1. Cameron Moss finished 6 points behind in second with George Gautrey in third. Regatta Report: Severe weather warnings for much of New Zealand put paid to any thoughts of sailing on Saturday with the race committee making a wise decision to cancel the day’s sailing early on Saturday morning. The ensuing weather bomb reinforced that decision and called for patience … Read more
  • 2012 Interislander Optimist Challenge
    The 2012 Interislander Optimist Challenge combined with the two day South Island Optimist Champs was the biggest single fleet regatta outside of the Optimist Nationals held in the South Island. 91 entries in the Open fleet and 33 in the Green fleet, three days of great racing on the sparkling waters of Queen Charlotte Sound. Breeze of up to 18 knots on the first day, up to 15 knots on the 2nd and the last day was one for the light wind specialists, 5-7 knots. Most sailors agreed that there was a good balance of conditions for everyone.   The interislander … Read more
  • Optimist North Island Teams Racing
    The New Zealand national team staved off a strong challenge fromAustralian competitors to claim the Falcon Electrical Optimist NorthIsland Teams Racing Trophy at the Napier Sailing Club over Labour Weekend.  A visiting Japanese and regional club teams also vied for line honours.Optimist teams’ racing involves pairs of four person teams competingin a race, the aim is to have the lowest aggregate points across the line.  Good team communication is essential to a successful outcome.  Sixteen teams entered the contest, after two losses a team is out ofthe knockout regatta.  The event was held just off Harding Rd, Napier. Shifty light conditions in … Read more
  • Egnot-Johnson Takes Title
    Murrays Bay sailor Nick Egnot-Johnson kept his nerve on the last day of the Mr Apple Optimist North Island Championships to claim the title. Light breezes with current meant the second race of the final day in the 109-strong fleet was not finished within the time limit.  The series ended with seven races sailed and Nick collected two race wins, and a worst placing of seventh to comfortably take out the title.  Nick did not manage a placing in the New Zealand team to compete at the Optiworlds in Napier in January; selections were made from the top five at … Read more
  • Green Fleet Nations Report
    Henry Gibbs wins the Green fleet division The overall winner of the Green fleet was Henry Gibbs of Queen Charlotte Yacht Club in the South Island, in second place was international sailor Vaitea Delvallet of Tahiti, and in third place was local Wakatere sailor James Grover-Grey. During the eight race series all three sailors sailed consistently in the variable conditions and got the reward they deserved. The Green fleet is a division for sailors who have entered the Optimist class and are building on their experience before moving into the Open class where they will become eligible for selection into the … Read more
  • 2011 Toyota National Championship Report
    The 2011 Toyota Optimist New Zealand Nationals Championship was won by Leonard Takahashi-Fry, a 12 year old Aucklander representing Murrays Bay Sailing Club. Leonard drew ahead of his competitors by sailing a very consistent series and only one race outside the top ten placings. It's a meteoric rise for the young sailor who placed around 80th at the Optimist Nationals at Whitianga last year. Isaac McHardie of Hamilton/Tauranga was second overall, and local Wakatere BC sailor Markus Somerville placed third overall, Markus competed at the Optimist Worlds last year.  The National championships were made up of 310 sailors aged from 9 – 15 years … Read more
  • 2011 Teams Racing Nationals
    OPTIMIST TEAMS RACING NATIONALS WAKATERE The teams nationals were great fun plus excellent for honing those skills, boat handling, rules and plenty of urgency and aggression on the race course.  Gerald assisted by Nick Hazzard set the course as close in as possible to the club house for spectator viewing, and to try to minimize the tide.  Forecasted breeze was a bit slow arriving which made initial racing difficult.  The newly formed teams battled it out on an international/worlds format.  Two courses were operating, the A course for the top club teams and a B course with Dave Johnson and … Read more
  • 2010 Interisland Optimist Challenge
    The South Island again dominated the Interislander Optimist Challenge, Island of origin Opti style, the winner decided from the best results through the age groups from both Optimist Classes. Jayvee Buchanan of Charteris Bay won the Open Optimist Class for the second time, Taylor Burn of Queen Charlotte was 1 point behind in 2nd, and Liam Closey of Murrays Bay 3rd. Grace Hawtin of Queen Charlotte convincingly won the Green Fleet, Steffi Loncar of Queen Charlotte in 2nd and Blake Woodfield of Taupo 3rd. 76 young sailors from all over New Zealand took to the sparkling waters of Queen Charlotte Sound outside Mabel Island in the Optimist … Read more
  • 2009 North Island Champs
    Who would have thought …  the Optimist North Island title is heading south!  Jayvee Buchanan from Charteris Bay sailed a great regatta and proved his ability across a range of weather conditions to win the title. Jayvee is now the current North Island and South Island champion (he holds the South Island title which he won in February).  Each of the 3 days of the regatta in Napier from November 13-15 brought a different set of conditions, from a 20+ knot westerly on the morning of the first day, moderate sea breeze conditions on the second day and light and shifty … Read more
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