The New Zealand Optimist National Championships were held in Maraetai, the easternmost suburb of greater Auckland over Easter, which saw a total of 170 youth sailors competing across the open, white and green fleets. All three fleets were tested by a range of weather conditions from light breezes through to gusts of 30 knots.
In the Open fleet, Doyle sailor Cam Brown finished third behind Will Leach and Joe Leith respectively with all three showing impressive displays of consistency in their sailing. While in the White fleet, Matteo Barker took out the honours and was the worthy recipient of the Doyle Sails Optimist Scholarship offered to the top White Fleet sailor.
Cam Brown at 39kg has the Doyle White Optimist sail on board which was the perfect sail for the all-round weather conditions.
Doyle Optimist sails are built in New Zealand and have a very successful history in many countries around the world and at international events. Doyle’s One Design department consists of world renowned sailors, coaches and designers including the likes of Andrew Lechte, Andrew Brown, Lindsay Smith, Jud Smith and Daniel Fong. All of our experts apply a sophisticated and thorough approach to the design and engineering of sails, making use of the advanced design software to optimise the sails before they are even built.
DOYLE OPTIMIST SAILS
Orange // Small – Flat, easy to use sail recommended for sailors under 33kg.
White // Medium – Great all round sail for sailors 32 -43 kg.
Black // Heavy – Powerful sail for sailors over 41kg.
All three sails and Optimist accessories are available for purchase here.
Next year's national championships will be at the Napier Sailing Club next April. A change to the ranking system was passed at the annual general meeting held during the nationals, which will see the number of ranking regattas drop from four to two.
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