Proteges hone their sailing skills



A KEEN contingent of young Gladstone sailors enhanced their end of year national champion- ship prospects by participating in the first of a series of training camps last weekend.

The Central Region Develop- ment Committee of Yachting Queensland camp for novice ju- nior and youth sailors was staged at the Port Curtis Sailing Club with 22 youngsters participating in the two-day program.

With a majority of the partici- pants set to compete in either the national sabot titles in Yeppoon in December or the national youth series in Mooloolaba next Janu- ary, the chance to train under elite Sydney coach Martin Watson, for-merly of Yeppoon, was invaluable.

Watson instructed the young sailors on tactics and skill devel- opment at the camp which was the first of five which the CRDC in- tends to conduct in the Central Queensland region this year.

Participants sailed in the youth Flying 11 and laser classes while juniors made up a strong sabot fleet.

The next camp, for juniors and youths, will be hosted by the Kep- pel Bay Sailing Club in April with both groups also to attend live-in camps in Bundaberg in June.

Additional junior and youth camps will also be staged at Kep- pel Bay in August and September/ October.



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