Whitsunday sailor takes on world
The eyes of the sailing world are on Melbourne this week as the world's top sailing talent descend on Sandringham Yacht Club for the opening round of the 2010/11 ISAF Sailing World Cup.
Whitsunday youth sailor Klaus Lorenz will proudly sail an Optimist (sail number AUS 677) for Queensland.
Although the event is billed as "Melbourne set to have the wind in her World Cup sails" light winds played havoc with the Sail Melbourne program on day one for the invitation races with some classes staying on the beach.
Your Waterfront writer was last week was talking to visiting members of Sandringham YC about the huge preparations at the refurbished club. The 'Sandy YC' members won a yacht charter with Queensland Yacht Charters in their youth sailor raffle.
They are proud this event will attract 400 the world's best male and female competitive sailors from around the globe to their club and excited that the World Cup acts as a key Olympic selection event.
The World Cup encapsulates all the glamour and excitement synonymous with the world of sailing. Fashion, fun and summer spirit are incorporated across all aspects of our lifestyle marine driven carnival, making it an exciting addition to Melbourne's Summer Events Calendar.
Off shore and on shore the event promises the largest sailing regatta in the Southern Hemisphere. Australia's own Beijing Olympic gold medallist Malcolm Page and his new 470 partner Mathew Belcher will be up against the world's best on Port Phillip Bay. Current 49er world champions Nathan Outteridge and Ian Jensen and Olympic RS:X board sailor Jessica Crisp are just a sample of the sailing elite taking part on their quest for world glory.
Interactive spectator activities include sailing lessons and on-shore demonstrations will tempt the whole family into discovering the excitement and glamour of the sailing lifestyle. Online you will find sailing action on YouTube.
Klaus graduated from champion Sabot sailor to maintain his champion status taking a gold medal the recent NSW Optimist Championship. Klaus is honing his skills as he has entered in the Australian Optimist National Championship to be held at Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club, Pittwater in Sydney starting on January 9.
Klaus has entered the Nationals with training partner and Sister Eva who crewed together when they won the Queensland State Sabot Championships.
Royal Prince Alfred has received entries from every state of Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Germany and Cook Islands and is expecting 150 entries by Friday's closing.
Young off the beach sailors will no doubt enjoy their visit from Santa this Sunday afternoon after racing. With a bit of luck Santa will be steady on his feet and not fall from the committee boat into the harbour as happen on the soggy Santa occasion. Yo! Ho! Ho!
Seeing the light
Bloke up Cape Gloucester way was geographically embarrassed while driving his vehicle and ended up bogged on the beach.
Seeing lights, he said to himself "here they come to rescue me" so he had a nice nap while waiting.
Waking some time later he wondered why he had not been saved.
He realized the lights were the Gloucester channel navigation beacon lights.
The Narrows - Mariners are advised that the port lateral mark buoy located south of Stanley Point between Hayman Island and Hook Island is off station.
Shute Harbour - Mariners are advised that the port lateral mark No. 8 buoy Fl R 3s located at the entrance to Shute Harbour, is reported off-station.
Mariners should use caution in the vicinity. AUS charts 253 & 254
Fair winds to Ye!