Our sailor is the East Coast champ

YOUNG Whitsunday champion sailor Klaus Lorenz smashed the field to finish first overall in the 5-15 years age group of the 2010 East Coast Optimists Championships Regatta in Sydney last weekend.

Forty Optimists were registered at Woollahra Sailing Club (Rosebay) event.

This was a really good turnout, according to Klaus considering the event was held in winter.

“Rose Bay is a really shifty venue so I was prepared for gusty weather,” he said.

In his first race on Saturday, Klaus got a sweet start to go on and win the race from Kyle O'Connell of Southport Sailing Club, the only other Queensland entrant.

“The next race was quite the same and I won again,” Klaus said.

“The third race I got out in front by heaps and won convincingly.”

In the fourth race of the day, Klaus found himself in unfamiliar water playing catch-up sailing.

“I was fourth around the top mark and had to catch up heaps,” he said.

“I was third around the second top mark and managed to get an inside overlap around the bottom.

“I then went on to win from Kyle.

“For the final race of the day, I managed to get a really good start again and just stayed on the lifted tack to lead for the rest of the race.”

After a good night's sleep, Klaus was pumped up for another day of racing on the Sunday.

With a cracking start in his first race, he opened up the day's account with a win.

Klaus got off to a shaky start in his second race, but managed to pull back the field and take the lead.

“On the last upwind the wind died off and then came in 90 degrees to the left of the fleet,” he said.

“Luckily I had a large enough margin to stay in front and eventually win.

“The wind had filled in again for the third race, so I was happy.

He positioned well at the front of the pack and stayed there to the finish.

“The fourth race was really hectic and I had a shocking start,” he said.

“I had to fight my way up to fourth and stayed there until I overtook Jim Colley on the last upwind to finish third.”

Kyle O'Connell won that race.

In the final race of the championships, Klaus regained his impressive regular form, fighting hard to win first place.

These results made him the outright champion from Kyle O'Connell and Brodie Crossman of Sydney.

Klaus thanked everyone who helped him achieve his result.

“Bondy, for the boat and all the gear he lent me; Tom Brewer, New South Wales coach, for his on-water support; the Crossmans for being really helpful and nice and for putting up with me for the weekend; my parents for all their support back at home; and Whitsunday Sailing Club for all their support.”

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