Opti sailors shine at Youth Cham­pi­onships

Whitsunday Times - - ON THE WATER -

FOUR Whit­sun­day Op­ti­mist sailors trav­elled to Yep­poon to com­pete in the 2014 Queens­land Youth Cham­pi­onships at the end of last month.

Brothers Ai­den and Ty Gum­mow, were joined by Hamish Swain and Mac Mitchell, with all boys sail­ing their very best dur­ing the week­end­long event.

Con­di­tions were just right for the young Opti sailors who shared their cour­ses with the Sabots.

In what turned into a tight bat­tle, Ai­den Gum­mow won out, claim­ing first place in the di­vi­sion over­all, with Hamish Swain com­ing third on a count-back.

The re­gatta was pre­ceded by a three-day train­ing camp, with in­struc­tion from top coaches, in­clud­ing for­mer Op­ti­mist cham­pion and New Zealand Olympic sailor Su­san­nah Py­att.

Whit­sun­day-based sailor Klaus Lorenz took the place of the sec­ond Op­ti­mist coach.

The en­tire six days of train­ing and rac­ing was hosted by the Kep­pel Bay Sail­ing Club, where a tremen­dous team of vol­un­teers rolled out the wel­come mat.

All of the Whit­sun­day Op­ti­mist sailors are now get­ting ready for their next big event – the re­gatta to cel­e­brate 150 years of sail­ing at the Port Deni­son Sail­ing Club in Bowen on Novem­ber 8-9. The re­gatta is open to all classes of off beach dinghies and cata­ma­rans. For more in­for­ma­tion con­tact Scott Gum­mow on 0418 872 869 or visit www.qld.yacht­ing.org.au.

FIRST: Ai­den Gum­mow claimed first place in the Op­ti­mist Di­vi­sion of the 2014 Queens­land Youth Cham­pi­onships at Yep­poon

PODIUM PLACE: Whit­sun­day sailor Hamish Swain placed third in the Op­ti­mist Di­vi­sion of the Queens­land Youth Cham­pi­onships in Yep­poon.

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