Young sailor tests skills at regatta

YOUNG Whitsunday sailor Klaus Lorenz tested his boat skills and tactical nous with some excellent results at the OAMPS Youth Regatta, hosted by the Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron in Manly, Brisbane from July 4-7.

Klaus's fleet, the Optimist, was the most heavily contested of the boat classes at the regatta with 37 competitors so it was a real credit to him and the Whitsunday Sailing Club that he managed an overall finish of seventh with a best race result of second.

These good results become even more impressive when you consider that among Klaus's competitors were three members of the Australian team to contest next month's Optimist World Championships in Brazil. The regatta consisted of 10 races over the four days starting with two on the opening day.

This was Klaus's best day of racing, finishing on the podium at the conclusion of both races.

“My starts on the first day were really good, as there was a lot of breeze,” Klaus said.

“My strategy and tactics all the way up the first upwind was really good and I rounded the top mark in fifth.

“On the reach I got up on a plane really quickly and made a big gap between me and 6th.

“On the run I just surfed waves continuously and I caught up to the bunch of boats in front of me.

“I sailed consistently for the rest of the race and I overtook two boats on the last upwind and finished third.

“On the next race I pretty much did exactly the same except I finished second.

“It was a good day.”

The next three days of racing weren't quite so kind to Klaus as the wind dropped away but he was still able to finish inside the top 10 fairly consistently.

His next regatta will be the Optimist State Championships at Manly, Brisbane, on July 25.

He aims to secure a spot in the Australian team when it is selected during the Optimist Nationals in January 2010.


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