Young sailor coaches Myanmar sailing team
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.