Juniors shine at youth week event
EIGHT local junior sailors travelled to Brisbane’s Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron over the recent school holidays, to compete in the annual five-day OAMPS Youth Week regatta. Some also took part in an Optimist training camp held over the first holiday weekend, coached by 2012 New Zealand Olympian, Suzannah Pyatt, with assistance from local coach, Klaus Lorenz.
The OAMPS regatta concluded on Saturday with the local sailors making their mark across three classes.
Klaus Lorenz, sailing with Mooloolaba skipper, James Hodgson, won gold in the 420 class in a field of 12 boats from New South Wales (7), Tasmania (2), Victoria (1) and Queensland (2).
Sailing in the Open Optimist fleet of 68 boats were Eva Lorenz (9), Aidan Gummow (10), Hamish Swain (24), Brendan Hoffman (30), Ty Gummow (58) and Jasmin Tickle (62). Ayla Ovari, sailing in her first regatta came fifth in the Optimist Green Fleet.
Natasha van Rennes, originally from Victoria, sailed for the first time in the Viper class catamaran, winning two races and finishing second overall.
Whitsunday Optimist Sailing Team (WOST) spokesperson Jeremy Cooper said the regatta was plagued by light winds, with racing cancelled on day two. He said altogether, six races were sailed by the 420s and five by the Optimists.
“All the sailors did very well in the conditions and their placings reflect their respective weights and levels of experience,” he said.
“Weight plays a very important role when winds are light.”
Mr Cooper said for the Opti sailors, “68 boats on the start line was quite something”.
“There were 280-odd kids sailing there so they all had a ball. They all made new friends and it was a great experience,” he said.
Regatta results can be found at www.qldyouthweek.com.
REGATTA EXPERIENCE: Whitsunday junior sailors who attended the OAMPS Youth Week regatta and Optimist training camp included Klaus Lorenz (coach), Hamish Swain, Ty Gummow, Eva Lorenz and Aidan Gummow. They are pictured here with New Zealand Olympian Suzannah Pyatt.