Klaus and Ollie prepare for worlds
THEY might be in their teens but Whitsunday sailors Klaus Lorenz and Ollie Annear have their sights on big things in 2012.
The sailing duo represented the region this week at the 420 Nationals Sailing Championships in Redcliffe and finished eighth out of 33 other competitors from across the state.
While they were a little disappointed with their results both teens said the experience was worth it.
"We were a little disappointed because we were going for fifth position but we enjoyed competing against others," Ollie said.
It was the teens first time competing in the five day comp, with Klaus already looking ahead at what areas they need to improve on.
"When we get home our focus will be on practising basics," he said
"This year we're hoping to try to go away more and compete outside the Whitsundays."
Conditions were not favourable for the duo who took on between 5-20 knot winds on the first day to 20-35 knots on their second.
Wind gusts died down slowly on the final three days allowing them to gain much needed territory on the competition ladder.
Klaus said their training paid off and they were fit enough to compete in the gusty conditions.
"In the first race we worked the shifts, in the second race we sailed our own race the whole way around the course which was good and gained a place on the last up wind to finish third," he said.
"The third race was harder with the bigger breeze so the larger crews did well."
Klaus and Ollie are getting plenty of rest before they compete in the National Youth Regatta at the Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron that starts this Saturday, January 7.
"If we do well at this event we might get selected for the worlds," Klaus said.