Ju­nior sailors com­pete at youth cham­pi­onship event

Whitsunday Times - - ON THE WATER -

JU­NIOR sailors rep­re­sented the Whit­sun­days at the Queens­land Youth Cham­pi­onships in Yep­poon, from Septem­ber 27-29.

The three-day rac­ing event was pre­ceded by a three-day youth de­vel­op­ment train­ing camp.

Al­to­gether, nine Op­ti­mist sailors, Hamish Swain (11), Bren­dan Hoff­man (13), Ai­dan Gum­mow (12), Ty Gum­mow (11), Cedar White (11), Jas­min Tickle (13), Mack Mitchell (10), El­liarna Mitchell (11), and Cameron Brown (13), took part in the events. Op­ti­mists sail­ing in their first re­gatta were sib­lings Mack and El­liarna Mitchell, and Cameron Brown.

In the 420 class, Mjah Hewett (16) and Eva Lorenz (14), were also sail­ing their first re­gatta to­gether.

Par­ent and ju­nior sailor spokesper­son Jeremy Cooper said coach­ing, both on and off the wa­ter, was of a very high stan­dard, with a group of very ex­pe­ri­enced coaches headed by John Ber­trand, a Laser sil­ver medal­list who has taken part in sev­eral Amer­ica’s Cup cam­paigns.

The Op­ti­mists were also coached by Brady Lowe, sail­ing master from the South­port School and Danny Fuller, YQ North Queens­land coach. The 420 sailors shared Alex Gough from RQYS and Craig Ferris from Syd­ney, with the 29ers and sail­boards.

Mr Cooper said the coach­ing ses­sions in the first three days were held in steady to strong norther­lies, giv­ing the Whit­sun­day sailors a good taste of launch­ing and re­triev­ing in surf, “some­thing they only ever ex­pe­ri­ence at Yep­poon”.

“All Whit­sun­day sailors sailed very well, coped with the con­di­tions, and fin­ished all their races,” he said.

Mr Cooper said the star Whit­sun­day per­form­ers at the youth cham­pi­onships were Ai­dan Gum­mow and Hamish Swain, who came se­cond and third re­spec­tively in the Op­ti­mist class.

Mjah and Eva also did very well, com­ing fourth in the dou­ble-han­der di­vi­sion and se­cond in the 420s. Mjah, Eva, and Ai­dan are now head­ing for Syd­ney to com­pete in the NSW Youth Cham­pi­onships. Ai­dan will join a very big (80plus) fleet of Op­ti­mists, and the 420 team will sail with about 15 oth­ers.

ON THE WIND: Ju­nior Whit­sun­day sailors Hamish Swain, Bren­dan Hoff­man, Ai­dan Gum­mow, El­liarna Mitchell, Cameron Brown, Mack Mitchell, Ty Gum­mow, Jas­min Tickle, Mjah Hewett, Cedar White and Eva Lorenz, took part in the Queens­land Youth Cham­pi­onships in Yep­poon, from Septem­ber 27-29.

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