Young sailors flying our Whitsunday flag
JUNIOR sailors Klaus and Eva Lorenz have flown the Whitsunday Sailing Club (WSC) flag at yet another interstate regatta finishing with impressive results in both the 420 and Optimist sailing classes.
Last week the siblings travelled to Belmont on Lake Macquarie where they competed in the New South Wales Youth Championships from Saturday, September 29-Monday, October 1.
Proud father Jeremy Cooper said Klaus was one of 13 sailors in the 420 division, while Eva was one of 43 in the Optimist class.
"All together there were about 200 boats sailing," Mr Cooper said.
A total of 10 races were run during the three-day event, which Mr Cooper said was impressive given the variation in wind directions and strength.
At the end of the regatta Eva walked away in fifth place as one of three Queensland competitors in the top five.
Klaus, who partnered with James Scott, a Laser sailor from Mooloolaba, was awarded a second-place position in the 420 class. "This was the first time they'd raced together so they were very pleased," Mr Cooper said.
Mr Cooper said while the Whitsundays were a fantastic place to train, the limited number of boats based here made it essential for junior sailors wanting to compete to travel to these sorts of events, held further afield.
"[But] I think the WSC appreciates the fact that the kids do travel and get the name out there," he said. Eva is now back in the Whitsundays but Klaus flew out of Brisbane on Tuesday bound for the Solomon Islands where he has been invited to coach an Optimist sailing team at the Point Cruz Yacht Club.