City sailors earmarked as talents
GLADSTONE laser sailors Nick Aldridge and Tim Patrick have been earmarked as talents of the future after attending recent Yachting Queensland training camps in Bundaberg and Mooloolaba.
The Port Curtis Sailing Club teenagers were among those from throughout the state identified as being potential future Olympians with a host of former national and state sabot champions in attendance.
The camps featured a number of top class coaches including Australian Institute of Sport elite coach Marty Watson and former Olympic mentors Dayne Sharp and Ian Brown.
A typical day in camp required sailors to spend 4-5 hours on the water completing various skill exercises.
Former Port Curtis Sailing Club members Melissa and Samantha Hardy also came up from Brisbane to sail their 420 at the Bundaberg camp but study commitments prevented them from attending the Mooloolaba event.
Upon completion of the training camps, sailors contested a six-race regatta over two days at Mooloolaba with Aldridge finishing 13th overall and Patrick 15th on a countback from his father Scott who joined in the action.