On March 8 Katikati College entered a team in combination with Mount Maunganui College to compete for the first time in team sailing.
420 yachts are a two person yacht and are raced in teams of three with the combined placings of all three yachts counting towards the result. Unlike fleet racing where first across the line wins, if a team cannot get all three yachts across the finish line for a score of ten or lower (low scoring system where 1st place gets one, 2nd place two and so on) then the team loses. This brings excitement to the racing with yachts using tactics to slow opposition yachts to allow their yachts through. The course is short and races are usually just ten minutes long.
The combined school team has been training every Friday since last year and it showed with four wins from five starts. The team took out second place behind Tauranga Boys College, the only team to better them on the water. BOPSAT is a precursor to the much larger regatta held in Taupo at the end of March. The Central North Island Regatta will involve 12 teams from around the region and the event is run over three days.