Please select your home edition
Edition
Naiad/Oracle Supplier

Klaus Lorenz to coach Airlie Beach based Optimist dinghy fleet

by Ian Grant on 12 Sep 2011
Klaus Lorenz from the Whitsunday Sailing Club was the day’s best performer posting a perfect score with three bullets - 2011 International Optimist Australian & Open Championships Tom Quirk
Teenage Whitsunday Sailing Club skipper Klaus Lorenz has filled an important role as the qualified coach for the young Airlie Beach based Optimist dinghy fleet.

The 2011 Optimist Australian championship Bronze Medallist who personally built his own career from an intense program of training and racing on Pioneer Bay to become one of the best in the Nation has the proven talent to pass this knowledge on to other members of the Whitsunday Sailing Club junior squad.

Heading the squad will be his younger sister Eva (12) already recognised among the best female Optimist skippers following her selection to represent Australia earlier this year.

Both Klaus and Eva have a unique bond with Eva who has measured her career on racing and training against her older brother as the important path towards improving her tactics and technique has now become a special student in the Klaus Lorenz trained Optimist dinghy racing team.

Klaus who turned 15 on May 22 has made the important career decision to step up into the Olympic 420 dinghy class racing program with his good mate and previous Optimist rival Ollie Annear (14) however he remains determined to help the young WSC Optimist team gain the knowledge to improve and enjoy their fleet racing.

The exceptionally dedicated self-taught sailor who has shown it is possible to develop a career from endless hours of mid-week sailing after school hours with his tenacious kid sister Eva has the proven experience to wear the title as the Optimist team coach.

Sure Klaus appreciates the support from his parents WSC Life Member Jim Hayes and Yachting Queensland Youth development coach Ben Callard but while there commitment has been important he has added the personal touch to become recognised among Queensland’s best young dinghy sailors.

Later this month Klaus Lorenz and Ollie Annear will make their 420 class debut in the Yachting Queensland State Youth championships while Eva will contest the Optimist class series on the Keppel Bay Sailing Club courses off Yeppoon.

As expected they Whitsunday Sailing Club team will be racing against the best youth sailors in Queensland however they are physically and mentally prepared to retain their places in the youth development squad.

Racing in the 420 will be a new learning curve for skipper Klaus Lorenz and sail handler Ollie Annear however as they have learnt from the competitive Optimist fleet racing that the major results are only achieved from endless hours of practice.

'Ollie and I are close mates and understand what it will take to start our 420 career from being the 'new boys’ in the fleet but we are ready for the challenge,' Klaus Lorenz said.

The Queensland Youth Championships will provide Klaus Lorenz and Ollie Annear with an important bench mark on their boat speed as they prepare to contest the open Australian championship on the Moreton Bay Boat Club courses in late December.
InSunSport - NZZhik Yachting 660x82Schaefer 2016 Ratchet Block 660x82

Related Articles

29er Worlds - Damage control on first day of Finals in Medemblik
It was about damage control on the first day of the final series of the 29er Worlds 2016 in Medemblik It was about damage control on the first day of the final series of the 29er Worlds 2016 in Medemblik, Netherlands. Gwendal Nael and Lilian Mercier from France won this game and have taken over the lead, followed by their fellow countrymen Benjamin Jaffrezic and Chauvel.
Posted today at 11:40 am
RS Feva Worlds – Brits dominate top 10 after Day 4
The sun and thermal breeze arrived late but turned out for a glorious day on the water. It was a guilt edged day after a ‘not so promising’ start at the 2016 PA Consulting and Allen RS Feva Worlds in Santander. The sun and thermal breeze arrived late but turned out for a glorious day on the water. Race 2 of the final series (i.e. first race of Thursday) was set off in a very gently building seven – nine knots
Posted today at 7:38 am
Tight battle for top spots on penultimate day of the OK Dinghy Worlds
Race seven got away under black flag with a pin end bias allowing those that end to tack and cross the fleet. Race seven got away under black flag with a pin end bias allowing those that end to tack and cross the fleet. First out was Thomas Hansson-Mild (SWE) and Mats Caap (SWE). Caap led around the top mark, but Hansson-Mild took the lead offwind and led to the finish to find his sail number on the black board for a black flag starting penalty, along with five others.
Posted on 28 Jul
Smith and Needham take title by a squeak at 505 UK Nationals Regatta
Like a cat playing with a mouse, the wind knocked the fleet from side to side before showing a bit of tooth and claw With three races scheduled, the slightly earlier start time of 11am seemed to surprise a few competitors and many would have missed the start of the first race of the day and the third in the series had it not been for a short postponement due to a wind shift in the original starting sequence.
Posted on 28 Jul
Jake Lilley bridges the experience gap as he prepares for Rio Olympics
Lilley is one of the tallest and heaviest Finn sailors in Rio, but also, at just 23 years old, one of the youngest. An intensely physical sailor Lilley stands head and shoulders over most of the fleet and is beginning to show some of his huge potential on the racecourse, with several top results in the past year.
Posted on 28 Jul
RS Feva Worlds - Gold fleet closely bunched after Day 3
Beautiful day in Santander – perfect for sitting on the beach but wind was a premium commodity. Beautiful day in Santander for the 2016 PA Consulting and Allen RS Feva Worlds - perfect for sitting on the beach but wind was a premium commodity. Teams were focused, keen and eager but had to deal with the tough waiting for sufficient stable breeze to go racing.
Posted on 28 Jul
SAP 505 Nationals and Pre Worlds - Smith and Needham make early charge
Andy Smith and Tim Needham, carried form shown in winning Keil Week last month into first two races of 505 UK Nationals The UK duo, Andy Smith and Tim Needham, carried the form shown in winning Keil Week last month into the first two races of the 505 UK National Championships.
Posted on 28 Jul
Over 600 sailors from 43 nations to participate in Laser Youth Worlds
To support the top-class sailing events, the government of Schleswig-Holstein has confirmed to provide financial means To support the top-class sailing events, the government of Schleswig-Holstein has confirmed to provide financial means in 2016 and 2017. This aid money can help to bring top events to Schleswig-Holstein.
Posted on 27 Jul
PA Consulting Allen RS Feva Worlds – Day 1
Following the 12 practice race recalls the fleet behaved for the first championship start, and got away first time. Champagne stuff is very overused in sailing, but with temperature in the high twenties, 15kts average, three qualifying series races, your mates are your arch competitors it is at the very least aqua frizzante, or full fat coke and not the zero stuff. OK, after race one the wind did ease off and by race three it was more like 8-10kts.
Posted on 26 Jul
29er Worlds - Team Postma/Bramervaer wins opening day in Medemblik
Dutchmen Lars Postma and Quinten Bramervaer won the opening day of the 29er Worlds 2016 in Medemblik, Netherlands. Dutchmen Lars Postma and Quinten Bramervaer won the opening day of the 29er Worlds 2016 in Medemblik. They are leading after three races on Monday July 25, on equal points with the 2015 Optimist World Champion Rok Verderber and his crew Klemen Semelbauer from Slovenia. The Australians Tom Crockett and Harry Morton are in third position, also on equal points with the numbers four and five.
Posted on 26 Jul