SAILING SPIRIT: Whitsunday sailors Brendan Hoffman, Eva Lorenz, Ollie Annear, Klaus Lorenz, Aiden Gummow and Hamish Swain will be representing the Whitsundays at the Optimist State Championships this weekend at Maloolabah.
SAILING SPIRIT: Whitsunday sailors Brendan Hoffman, Eva Lorenz, Ollie Annear, Klaus Lorenz, Aiden Gummow and Hamish Swain will be representing the Whitsundays at the Optimist State Championships this weekend at Maloolabah.

Sailors represent region at State

THE Whitsunday Sailing Club (WSC) will be well represented this weekend at the 2011 Reef Optimist State Championships in Mooloolaba with six young sailors set to compete.

Aiden Gummow, Ollie Annear, Hamish Swain, Brendan Hoffman and Eva and Klaus Lorenz will all be competing in the off-beach division.

Klaus said he was looking forward to attending the event for the third time.

"I’ve been helping train the other sailors for it," he said.

"We have been practicing starts and manoeuvres and have been doing drill practices." Long-time member of the WSC Jim Hayes presented the sailors with club t-shirts on Sunday which will be worn when the sailors are competing down south.

"The idea of today’s presentations is to show people coming through in our sailing team that they too can aim to represent the club," he said.

"I hope when they wear their shirts other competitors can see what is written on the back as they will be trailing behind them." Hayes said the shirts were an acknowledgement to encourage other young sailors that they too could represent the club.

"It goes to show that these kids can do that well," he said.

"It encourages fitness, goal attainment and strategies and sets a course for them that encourages good sportsmanship. They are not just learning sailing skills, but also skills for life."

The six sailors are aged between nine and 15 and will participate with other sailors who will compete in sabots, lasers and optimists. 


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