Youth sailors fight fierce com­pe­ti­tion

Whitsunday Times - - ON THE WATER -

WHIT­SUN­DAY youth sailors Jas­min Tickle, Eva Lorenz, Bren­dan Hoff­man and Lach­lan McCon­nel, are back from an event­ful few days at the 2014 Queens­land Youth Cham­pi­onships, hosted by the Kep­pel Bay Sail­ing Club.

Jas­mine and Eva sailed their 420 Drag Queen through­out the event and fought off se­ri­ous com­pe­ti­tion from their south­ern ri­vals to fin­ish in a re­spectable third place.

Bren­dan and Lach­lan sailed their 29’er Mur­phies Law, but suc­cumbed to light breezes, fin­ish­ing fifth over­all in the Mixed Youth Di­vi­sion.

While they were at the event, the teams were pre­sented with their Queens­land Sail­ing Team uni­forms by Olympic sailor John Ber­trand, who had just re­turned from the Olympic sail­ing se­lec­tion ti­tles held in Spain.

Th­ese two Whit­sun­day teams will now join many more sailors to com­pete in Bo- wen on Novem­ber 8 and 9, in the Port Deni­son Sail­ing Club’s 150-year sail­ing re­gatta.

The teams will also be host­ing an auc­tion on Oc­to­ber 24 at the Whit­sun­day Sail­ing Club. The aim of the auc­tion is to raise funds that will help with the costs of trav­el­ling to the next na­tional ti­tles, which will be held in Western Aus­tralia this year.

DRESSED FOR SUC­CESS: Whit­sun­day youth sailors Jas­min Tickle, Eva Lorenz, Bren­dan Hoff­man and Lach­lan McCon­nel, pic­tured with coach Shane Smith (cen­tre), at this year's Queens­land Youth Cham­pi­onships in Yep­poon.

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