Great results outside region
A STRONG contingent of Whitsunday Sailing Club sailors headed south to Mooloolaba to compete in both the junior and open fleets at the 2011 Optimist State Championships last weekend.
Gun sailor Klaus Lorenz fought hard over both days coming in a close second behind Queensland Sailing team member Kyle O’Connell who took home the title of 2011 Queensland Optimist champion in the open division.
There were plenty of lead changes in the tricky conditions as the young sailors fought hard for pole position around the short windward-leeward courses.
"I’m pretty disappointed because I was doing alright with the wind on the first day," Klaus said.
"Then the wind picked up on the second day and the lighter sailors got ahead of me because I’m heavier than them. "I tried my best but in the end I just didn’t make it."
It was the third time Klaus has competed at the event, but the first for his younger sister Eva who took home the Jessica Watson Trophy for coming first in the female open division.
"It was the first time the trophy had been given out," she said.
"I had to sail pretty hard on both days because I wasn’t used to the light wind conditions."
Whitsunday sailor Hamish Swain came first in the junior fleet with fellow sailor Aiden Gummow coming in second.
Both competing at their first regatta on the weekend was Brendan Hoffman who finished 22nd and Ollie Annear who came in 25th.
Having competed in eight races each against 35 competitors over two days, these young sailors represented the region and sailing club very well. The 2011 championships were held as part of Mooloolaba’s week long ‘celebration of sailing’ that took place from June 3-9.