Junior sailors represent QLD at international event
TWO members of the Whitsunday Youth Sailing Team (WYST) have been representing the region at Melbourne’s Sandringham Yacht Club, taking part in the annual Sail Melbourne regatta for the past five days.
Klaus and Eva Lorenz were in fact sailing aboard the only two boats to represent Queensland in the 420 class.
Sail Melbourne is one of five international ISAF Gold Cup events taking place around the world in the lead up to the next Olympic games. It attracts international Olympic sailors and also caters to 'invited' classes, including Optimists and youth classes such as the International 420.
Altogether, 26 classes of dinghy were represented, with an estimated 600 sailors from 23 countries taking part.
Racing for the International 420 class was held over three days, from December 5-7.
Rockstar, skippered by James Hodgson of Mooloolaba and crewed by Klaus, ended the series in third place.
Drag Queen, skippered by Eva and crewed by Andrew Meligonis, also of Mooloolaba, ended in a very creditable 12th place in the 24-boat fleet.
WYST spokesperson Jeremy Cooper said Klaus and James had been sailing together since January, but Eva and Andrew had just two weekends of training together since October.
This was their first competitive event since they both aged out of the Optimist class.
The sailors are currently on the road to Sydney, where they are due to take part in 'Sail Middle Harbour', from December 13-16. This will be their second regatta in the lead up to the 420 Nationals and the Australian Youth Nationals, both to be held at Sorrento on the Mornington Peninsular in January 2014.
Other Whitsunday sailors attending national regattas this summer are Whitsunday Optimist Sailing Team (WOST) members Jasmine Tickle, Hamish Swain and the two Gummow boys, Aidan and Ty.
These four sailors will enjoy a three-day coaching clinic here at Airlie Beach, conducted by New Zealand Olympian and Queensland Optimist coach Susannah Pyatt.
The clinic has been organised by WOST parents and the Queensland Optimist Association.
COMPETING: Whitsunday sailors Klaus and Eva Lorenz (left and right) with Mooloolaba sailors James Hodgson and Andrew Meligonis at the Sail Melbourne regatta.