Lessons learned at Syd­ney event

Whitsunday Times - - ON THE WATER -

JU­NIOR Whit­sun­day sailor Eva Lorenz has been learn­ing valu­able lessons about mount­ing a rac­ing cam­paign at the New South Wales Youth Cham­pi­onships, held in Syd­ney’s Botany Bay, from Oc­to­ber 5-7.

“Lord Nel­son has oft been quoted as say­ing that "ports rot both ships and men" and [while] this can hardly be ap­plied to off-beach boats, there are two ar­eas which ev­ery sailor will un­der­stand as the un­do­ing of a rac­ing cam­paign - crew and gear,” Eva’s fa­ther and ju­nior sail­ing spokesper­son Jeremy Cooper said.

Mr Cooper said 14-year-old Eva found her­self in Botany Bay ready to con­test the cham­pi­onships aboard a 420 dinghy but with­out crew.

“Af­ter a mul­ti­tude of texts, emails, etc, [she] found Lachie Mon­aghan, a NSW 29er sailor, [who was] lost with­out a skip­per and we were very grate­ful that he joined the team,” Mr Cooper said.

None­the­less, Mr Cooper said Lachie had never sailed a 420 be­fore and found there was a lot to learn.

A lack of breeze, com­bined with crew in­ex­pe­ri­ence, re­sulted in a 13th and 11th place for the newly formed team, who im­proved the next day with a 5th and 6th place.

Un­for­tu­nately Eva and Lachie came 13th in their last race due to a bro­ken kite sheet block and on the last day (Mon­day), the wind came up to more than 25knots and they de­cided to re­tire.

Also rep­re­sent­ing the Whit­sun­day re­gion but in the Op­ti­mist class was 12-year-old Ai­dan Gum­mow.

Ai­dan’s fa­ther Scott Gum­mow said on day one, Ai­dan fin­ished sixth over­all and on day two he was 10th out of a 65-boat fleet.

How­ever, Mr Gum­mow said Mon­day’s strong winds were a “shocker”, pro­duc­ing a 21st place re­sult.

“Over­all it was good to have 65 boats on the start line and to pre­pare him for the na­tion­als where there will be big fleets,” Mr Gum­mow said.

“And it’s also a bit of a re­minder for him that he’s got to work on some big breeze sail­ing [tech­niques].”

LEARN­ING LESSONS: Whit­sun­day sailor Eva Lorenz and her newly found crew mem­ber Lachie Mon­aghan bat­tled ad­verse con­di­tions and gear prob­lems at the NSW Youth Cham­pi­onships last weekend.

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