North Island Optimist Championships - Napier 26-28 November 2018

Posted by Bryce Day on 31/10/2018 :: News Category 2018

North Island Optimist Championships - Napier 26-28 November 2018 name

With 23 sailors making the trip to Napier for the regatta we had a great start to the season. We had 6 sailors where it was their first ranking regatta so a big learning experience.

The forecast was mixed ahead of the regatta and it didn't disappoint with some light and very shifty sailing occurring across the 3 days of racing. In one race we even saw a downwind finish!


Day 1 saw 3 races being run in light winds with the Murrays Bay sailors finishing up holding a number of the top spots going into day 2.


Day 2 was frustrating with AP flags being flown and launching delayed. The team made great use of the time to fly drones, sing and dance while Opti Rep Simon photo bombed as many photos as possible. Day 2 only saw 2 races being run with a number of course resets due to shifts as big as 50 degrees causing havoc for the race committee and sailors a like.


Day 3  - Finals day saw more delays with the sea breeze not kicking in until 12:30 at which point sailors had up to 20 knots providing quite a different sailing experience to the light shifty conditions on the previous days.


Overall Murrays Bay sailors sailed very well with 15 sailors making Gold fleet including Jessica Redpath in her first ranking regatta! All sailors learnt a great deal which they will take into future regattas - well done team!



4th Lucas Day (3rd 13 year old)

10th Noah Shirley

12th Lucy Leith (2nd Girl)

14th Naiomi Ferrissey (3rd Girl)

16th Jasper Camenzind (1st 12 year old)

20th Joe Leith (1st 11 year old)

21st Jack Parr (2nd 12 year old)

23rd Hermione Aris 

31st Sam Scott

36th Alex Hebberd

44th Joshua Ferrissey

47th Jessica Redpath

53rd Oliver Scott

54th Shufei Wu 

55th Sam Clarke



2nd Sam Elworthy

4th Freya Caisley

5th KeDing Leon Bao

24th Oliver Day

29th Katie Mulcahy

42nd Edward Caisley 

47th Blake Dyer (sailing only 2 of the 3 days)


Unfortunately Kai Yu fractured his wrist the day prior to the regatta so wasn't able to take part. The team look forward to seeing him once recovered for the next one.


Full results can be found here:

Thanks to the coaching team, Connor, Zak, Sam and Oscar who were great in keeping the small (and big) kids occupied.










Oscar ensuring Amy was kept busy :)


















Murrays Bay sailors in front of our prime tent spot!









Hi Mum... look at us dancing to the Ue Boom










Not to be out done by the girls.... the boys dancing up a storm










Kai with his fractured arm - next time Kai!










Thanks again to all the parents for their support and a great vibe over the regatta