Trio star at state championships

AUSTRALIAN Optimist team member Klaus Lorenz has continued to impress in the lead up to his tilt at the Asian Championships, winning the Queensland State Championships on the weekend.

Klaus entered the event as one of the favourites to win and he didn't disappoint, edging out three local hopes at the event hosted by Southport Yacht Club.

Given Klaus' growing reputation in the sport however, there were possibly two more notable stories to come out of the weekend's regatta.

One belonged to another Lorenz, Klaus' little sister Eva, who competed ferociously against her older brother and other more experienced sailors throughout to finish an incredible fifth.

The fifth overall placing included a race win, with Eva leading from start to finish and delighting in her brother's misfortune as he capsized trying desperately to catch her on the downwind stretch.

The other story belonged to Whitsunday Sailing Club OptiSquad member Hamish Swain who won the green fleet competition for juniors in his maiden regatta.

Hamish displayed race craft beyond his years to come home with four firsts and two seconds from the six races in the competition.

The achievements of all three sailors are notable in themselves but the fact that conditions heavily favoured local competitors magnifies them further.

One main feature of the racing was the tidal stream, which, due to fairly light winds, completely dominated the competition, and should have given a significant advantage to the local boats.

Set on the Broadwater, the course included both deep and very shallow water over sand bars which uncovered at low tide.

Competitors had to learn very quickly the need to keep in the shallow (slow-moving) water sailing against the tide, but head for the deeps (faster-moving) when sailing with the tide.

They also had to take account of the cross current when heading for the marks.


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