Junior sailors star

THE inaugural North Queensland Junior Championship Regatta was sailed in very trying wind conditions on Edgecumbe Bay in Bowen over the weekend.

The conditions got the better of many of the competitors with several of the 22 boats retiring in each of the five heats.

Principal Race Officer, Jim Hayes of the Whitsunday Sailing Club, postponed Race 3 on Saturday afternoon due to the robust wind conditions, but still skilfully managed to complete the weekend’s full scheduled of races by lunch time on Sunday.

Whitsunday juniors gained five of the top seven placings including the trophy in the senior 1-up fleet, and the 2-up trophy, which was retained after strong competition from a Townsville team.

Klaus Lorenz won the senior trophy, with other Whitsunday sailors Daniel Townsend, Jess McMullen, Hannah Duncan and Kayla Evans coming second, fourth, fifth, and seventh respectively.

Eva Lorenz, with crew Hamish Swain, won the Junior 2-up trophy.

This was a great result for the squad, which performed exceedingly well thanks to coaches Josef Concy and David Dias.

Of the 22 boats taking part in the regatta, there were 10 from Whitsunday, five from Mackay, three from Townsville, two from Yeppoon, and one each from Bowen and Cairns.

The Annual General Meeting of the NQ Sabot Association was held during the regatta, and a new committee was elected to build and manage the fleet’s activities into the future. The new committee is:

President – Ian Stephenson, Mackay; Secretary – Gaynor Turnbull, Mackay; Treasurer – Jane McMullen, Whitsunday; Measurer – Jim Barsi, Townsvillle; Committee member – Sharon Dodge, Cairns.

In the committee’s plans are several regattas around the region next year and a week-long training camp to be held during one of the school holidays.

It is also hoped that at next year’s Junior Championship Regatta, to be held at the same time, teams will vie for a new inter-club trophy.

Although Sabots continue to be the main class of dinghy sailed in the region, other classes such as Optimists, X3s and BICs will be invited.

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