Lack of wind a challenge

22:36, Mar 31 2013
Airi Kawana
PATIENCE PERSONIFIED: A lack of wind continued to frustrate yesterday, but racing eventually got under way for the open fleet. Pictured is Airi Kawana from Wakatere.

A lack of wind has hampered the 170-strong field in the New Zealand Optimist Sailing Championships, at Caroline Bay, over the weekend.

Winds of more than five knots were a rarity over the weekend, with the race schedule well behind where race organisers want it to be after three days.

The Green fleet, with 52 novice sailors have completed just five races, while the Open Fleet, which has been split into a yellow and blue fleet due to the number of entries have also struggled to get races completed.

Elliot Bacon, of Worser Bay, leads the Green Fleet heading into day four.

The 10-year-old has 39 points after a second, third and a sixth in his last three races.

He is two points clear of club mate Scott Withell, who won race four, with Queen Charlotte's Jasper Hopkins a further nine points back in third.


The best placed Timaru Yacht and Power Boat Club sailor is 9-year-old Nicos Shearer in 28th.

Murrays Bay sailor Jackson Keon leads the open fleet after two races.

He is on a score of 6.0, with Queen Charlotte Yacht Club's Hamish Clark and Napier's Brooke Wedgewood locked at 7.0 in second equal.

The best placed Timaru sailor in the open fleet is Aris Shearer in 11th.

Racing in the championships continues today.

The Timaru Herald