Auckland Champs 2017 – The Final Day

 

What a day for sailing! Sun, wind gusting up to 14 knots, highly motivated competitors and helpers. Our hopes were met, the wind picked up for Auckland’s anniversary day so that all fleets were launched on time.

The sailors gave their best, were well disciplined so that all starts were clear and no time lost. After three exciting races the fleets hit the shore already around 2.00 pm. No protests were raised and the prize giving could go ahead without delay.

And to make this day a little more exciting – Alex Maloney, the Rio Silver Medallist presented the prizes.

Check here for results:

https://optimiststarlingaucklandchamps.wordpress.com/results/

The 2017 Auckland Championships were a great event. It was not only the organisation, but also the spirit and a celebration of the effort that all of us put into the event. A big “Thank You” goes to:

  • The sponsors, who provided their support not only for the regatta, but also throughout the season. Without you this event would not have been possible!
  • The Auckland Council – for finishing a gigantic amount of work just in time and a beautiful space that we can share with the community
  • The parents – For your children, who continue to amaze us.
  • To the sailors – What a show you put on for us! Thanks for all your efforts, hard training, the fairness, stamina, and motivation you showed.
  • The helpers – you made this regatta a memorable and fun event. Without your help, your willingness to jump in at any task that was thrown at you. You did all the small and big jobs with a smile on your faces. Without you, we truly would have been stuck!
  • The organisers – most of all Amy Mulcahy, who did an outstanding job organising this regatta! 
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    Getting ready for the final races
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    Racing in the city of sails
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    Getting some speed on
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    Waiting for the prize giving
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    Nicky Tilsley – preparing the trophies
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    Prize giving
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    The new podium (which got really hot for bare feet)
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    Waiting…
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    Scott Leith starting the prize giving
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    Alex Maloney – Rio Silver Medallist & our special presenter
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    Amy Mulcahy – the organisational master mind
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    Nikki Beckman – our kitchen organiser (hiding behind her flowers)
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    Dave Howarth – our Giltrap sponsor
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    Thanks to Richard Brown, Steve Pyatt & Kim Admore
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    Green opti 10 & under: Liam Richards & Sean Kensington
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    Opti Green 11 years: Jack Parr, James Miller, Levi Jenkins
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    Opti Green 12 years & over: Zac Floyd, Chloe Salthouse, Isabelle McDonnell
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    Opti Green overall: Chloe Salthouse, Liam Richards, Sean Kensington
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    Starling Darlings: Anne-Marie Read
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    Starling 1st girl: Kate Sheldon
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    Starling: Josh Shon, Sean Herbert, Luke Cashmore
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    Opti Open Silver Fleet, 1st Girl: Stella Bilger

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    From Green straight to Open Gold Fleet: Naiomi Ferissey

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    Tara Menzies – Our Bayleys sponsor
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    Youngest competitor in Open Fleet: Tom Pilkington
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    1st 11- year old & youngest competitor in Gold Fleet: Jasper Carmenzind
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    Opti Open 12 years & under: George Pilkington, George Lee Rush, Amelia Angus
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    Opti Open 13 year old: Joshua Hyde, Seb Menzies, David Buchanan
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    Opti Open 14 years & over: Will Hadfield, Braydon Hamilton, Josh Gilmore
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    Opti Open, 1st Girl: Amelia Angus
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    Opti Open overall: Joshua Hyde, Seb Menzies, David Buchanan

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    Bayleys sponsor Tara Menzies
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