YOUNG Whitsunday sailor Klaus Lorenz achieved some strong results when he brought home a win in Sydney last week at the Pittwater Spring Cup regatta.
Klaus entered the competition to get a feel of the waters where the Optimist Nationals will be held in January and this was his first serious regatta since July.
There were 41 Optimists on the start line for most races, which was a sizeable fleet.
Day one saw sailors on the water for six hours without a break, but achieved only one start due to light and fluky winds.
Klaus finished the day with a win but said it was not without some very hard work.
Day two saw five starts in better wind conditions, with Klaus winning two and coming third in two and scoring an overall win for the competition.
“I was especially pleased with the result as I had not been able to sail my boat here since July, as the airline would not carry my mast and sail back from Melbourne,” he said.
“When I go away to sail, I am always asked who my coach is.
“Actually, I have no coach, although I do get plenty of encouragement.
“I learn new things at every regatta I go to [each one is training for the next] but between times, I coach myself.
“It's just practice, practice, practice.”
Klaus said he was grateful he lived in one of the best places to sail and could train as often as he liked.
“I can sail any day I choose,” he said.
“I simply get off the school bus one stop early, get my boat out, and go sailing, usually with my sister Eva as a training partner and three times a week she and I train with the whole squad of five or six boats.
“Although city kids get more competition in their larger club fleets, they can't spend the time on the water that we can.”
The Whitsunday training squad is always looking for new members.
Klaus encouraged anyone to join the squad if they wanted to start sailing better by training and racing harder and more frequently.
Fundraiser for Klaus Lorenz
There will be a fundraiser held for Klaus Lorenz at the Whitsunday Sailing Club on October 23.
As Klaus has been travelling all over the country and abroad to Thailand and New Zealand to compete in several sailing regattas this year, the funds raised from the evening will help to support Klaus for his past and future endeavours as he follows his dream of becoming a professional sailor.
There will be an auction on the night.
- When: Saturday October 23 at 6pm
- Where: Whitsunday Sailing Club
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