QLD Optimist Championships a success


posted on
Tue 1 Jul 2014
posted by
Heidi Walton


The Queensland Optimist Championships held over the weekend were a great success according to host Whitsunday Sailing Club.

The regatta attracted an enthusiastic fleet of some 30 off beach boats including local Optimist sailors from Airlie Beach and Bowen.

Among the fleet was local sailor Aidan Gummow  who sailed very well to place fourth overall in the open fleet.

All competitors did extremely well, including local Ned Sleight who took second overall in the green fleet. Unfortunately, competitive WSC sailor Hamish Swain fell ill over the weekend and was unable to compete.

The regatta, supported by Scott Gummow Kitchens, iSail and NB Sports, kicked off with a practice race on Friday afternoon, held in a moderate wind.

Around five races were held on Saturday and on Sunday, with very light wind conditions in the mornings, resulting in the course being set to reach the breeze from the south-east by the afternoon.

Being new to competitive racing, the green fleet, consisting of six boats, were coached around the course by Sean O’Regan and Eva Lorenz, while club members and volunteers assisted Principal Race Officer Paul Efferney with the open fleet.

Whitsunday Sailing Club was thrilled to see the event was well supported which demonstrates the growth of offbeach sailing. Local optimist sailors will soon test their skills in an upcoming regatta in Brisbane.

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