Ju­nior sailors rep­re­sent QLD at in­ter­na­tional event

Whitsunday Times - - ON THE WATER/SPORT -

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.

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