Yachting

Yachting

Introduction

The School's Yachting team sails in a number of regattas. The first regatta of the season is the Wakatere Regatta held in February. This is followed by the Auckland Cup (otherwise known as the South of the Bridge regatta). The New Zealand Secondary Schools Championships are held in Algies Bay, and the Harken Schools Regatta is sailed in small keel boats that are used by the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron to train many of New Zealand's best keelboat sailors.

The team then competes in the Auckland Secondary Schools Fleet Racing Regatta. This is sailed at Wakatere Yacht Club situated at Narrow Neck Beach. The regatta is for all sailing classes generally sailed with clubs in Auckland. Schools win the regatta by taking the finishing places of four yachts sailed in three different classes.

The major emphasis in schools yachting is on teams racing. Three 420 class yachts from a school race against three yachts from another school. The team with the least number of finishing points wins.

The last regatta of the season is the National Teams Racing Regatta which is sailed in the last week of the Term 1 holiday. The 30 schools that take part are seeded into Gold, Silver and Bronze fleets.

Students train at the Akarana Yacht Club on Thursday nights, with the team split into two groups. The competitive squad is for experienced sailors and the development squad is for those less experienced or wishing to develop their existing skills.

General Information

Terms played: Term 1

Game days: A selection of events

Practice times: Mondays after School

Costs: $30 to $400

Equipment: Sailing gear. Lifejacket, wetsuit, etc

Registration: Week 2 Term 1

Other information: Need to own boat for Fleet racing regatta

The Master in Charge of Yachting is Mr Gale. Students are able to speak to him in the Commerce department during the School day or contact him via email.