Ex­pert coach shares skills

Whitsunday Times - - ON THE WATER -

LAST weekend the Whit­sun­day Sail­ing Club hosted a coach­ing clinic for young sailors on 29'ers and 420's.

In ad­di­tion to the lo­cal sailors, boats came from Mackay and Townsville to take part.

Sail­ing con­di­tions were de­scribed as “a bit flukey” on Satur­day but were near per­fect by Sun­day.

The young sailors were for­tu­nate to have ex­pert coach­ing pro­vided by lo­cal sailor James Dahl.

Dahl has a wealth of knowl­edge, rang­ing from boat-set up to boat han­dling skills and was ea­ger to pass this onto the young­sters.

All sailors were very thank­ful for the coach­ing and came away from the weekend hav­ing learned some­thing new.

The weekend fin­ished with some close rac­ing held in the bay.

An­other weekend is planned be­fore some of the ju­nior sailors head south for Sail Bris­bane. This year’s re­gatta in­cor­po­rates the Queens­land 29’er cham­pi­onships. It will be held at the Royal Queens­land Yacht Club at Easter.

COACH­ING CLINIC: Lo­cal boys Brendan Hoff­man and Lach­lan McCon­nel with coach James Dahl in front of their 29'er Kaos last weekend.

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