Ju­niors shine at youth week event

Whitsunday Times - - ON THE WATER -

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.

Photo Con­trib­uted

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.

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