Kerikeri Regatta – December 2014
In the school holidays the Westlake Boys sailing team travelled north to compete in the Kerikeri regatta. With a forecast of heavy winds and rain, the team hoped that some sailing would be possible. The first day of sailing happened in strong but sailable winds and the Westlake team went out and enjoyed the conditions. Unfortunately the wind proved too strong for some of the other teams in the competition which meant that sailing was delayed until lighter winds.
Once the racing started again on day two, Westlake put in a strong performance winning all races and gaining first place at the end of the day. The strong winds continued into day three but the team managed to keep their high level of sailing skills up and eventually won by 20 points, beating longtime rivals Kerikeri who finished runners up.
The win was a great start to the New Year for the Westlake yachting team consisting of Michael Stern (captain), Josh Handa, Tom Fyfe, Blake Nicholson, Harry Milne and Matt Jacobi. The boys showed good speed and sound tactics. Thanks to Mrs. Stern for the great food and Westlaker Sam Wallis for his coaching assistance.
Optimist Sailing Champ
This was a great result for the third former, who competed against the Malaysian, Hong Kong, Indian teams, as well as some European teams. He finished 11th in the Australian Nationals. Overall it was a fantastic effort considering the opposition included two British world team yachtsmen in the top ten as well.
Robbie also went on to win both his regattas at the Auckland Championships held over Auckland Anniversary weekend, ranking him number two in New Zealand.