Winning Optimist

YOUNG champion sailor Klaus Lorenz has returned from Thailand on cloud nine after finishing 11th in the Optimist Asian Championships earlier this month.

Klaus, the sole Queenslander in the Australian team, had to adapt to stronger tides and more fickle winds than he was used to in Whitsundays waters.

One of 110 sailors from 21 countries competing in the event, Klaus received an award for being second out of the non-Asian contestants in the regatta.

Klaus also finished eighth overall among the male competitors in the open (under 15 year-old) event which was staged between July 3-11 in South Pattaya, Thailand.

A real highlight for Klaus was notching up two third places throughout the regatta.

Klaus said he also enjoyed the Thai culture and the massive learning curve.

“I learnt more about being consistent and sailing in different conditions than what I'm normally used to,” he said.

He added that being up against some of the top seeds from the sailing scene was also very beneficial to his development.

Above all he learnt how to be composed before a race.

“I became more focused and relaxed before the race, instead of being uptight and intense,” Klaus said.

He now plans to refresh himself with a month-long break from Optimist sailing.

During that time he aims to do some junior coaching at Whitsunday Sailing Club, before getting back in to his regular training.

The next major competition for Klaus is the national Optimist regatta early next year.

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