Lessons learned at Sydney event
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.