Young sailor coaches Myan­mar sail­ing team

Whitsunday Times - - ON THE WATER -

WHIT­SUN­DAY 420 sailor Klaus Lorenz, and his team­mate, James Hodg­son from Mooloolaba, have just re­turned from Ngwe Saung, Myan­mar, where they helped to train the Myan­mar Na­tional 420 team in prepa­ra­tion for De­cem­ber’s SEA Games.

Ear­lier in the year, Royal Queens­land Yacht Squadron (RQYS) head coach Adrian Fin­glass, sent out an in­vi­ta­tion on be­half of the Myan­mar Sail­ing Fed­er­a­tion, seek­ing a 420 team to be pacing part­ners for the du­ra­tion of the team’s sea train­ing.

Thus be­gan an op­por­tu­nity for James and Klaus to ex­pe­ri­ence three weeks of liv­ing and sail­ing with the Myan­mar team un­der the di­rec­tion of Richard Ma­son, an English 420 coach.

The Queens­land boys joined Ma­son in Myan­mar on Septem­ber 25, for a three­week train­ing regime fea­tur­ing boat tun­ing and a strong fo­cus on rac­ing rules, race strat­egy and tech­nique.

The for­mat for the train­ing was loosely based around a four days on, one day off sched­ule, but de­pen­dant on the mon­soon weather pat­tern.

The boys be­gan each day at 9am with a brief­ing, fol­lowed by a 3-4 hour ses­sion on the wa­ter.

“Evenings were spent chill­ing out in our room in front of the very wel­come air con­di­tion­ing,” Klaus said.

Ac­cord­ing to Klaus, both boys found the ex­pe­ri­ence ex­tremely ben­e­fi­cial to their own sail­ing “be­cause of the dif­fer­ent per­spec­tives on tech­niques and psy­chol­ogy it of­fered, not to men­tion the in­valu­able train­ing time spent with the team”.

“Liv­ing amongst the team was just such an ex­pe­ri­ence for us,” he said.

Ngwe Saung Beach, on the coun­try’s south-west coast, is the pro­posed sail­ing venue for the SEA Games, be­ing held in Myan­mar for the first time in 44 years, in a new $17mil­lion (US) pur­pose-built fa­cil­ity, which is cur­rently un­der con­struc­tion and where the boys stayed.

ASIAN EX­PE­RI­ENCE: Richard Ma­son (coach), with Myan­mar sail­ing team mem­bers Moe, Ol­lie, Thiengi, Dan, Wai, Za­yar and Ong and Aus­tralian 420 sailors James Hodg­son (third from left) and Klaus Lorenz (sec­ond from right), at Ngwe Saung, Myan­mar, where the team were train­ing for De­cem­ber’s SEA Games.

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