SAILING: Maria Mohrholz at the recent Mutihull Challenge at Hervey Bay on Windspeil.
SAILING: Maria Mohrholz at the recent Mutihull Challenge at Hervey Bay on Windspeil. Contributed / Marina Hobbs

Maria thrives on the water

SAILING: Veteran Maria Mohrholz relishes the challenge on her dinghy called Windspiel most Saturday afternoons.

She took a few minutes while mountain-biking to speak with the Observer and give an insight about sailing and its requirements.

"It's always a personal challenge and that's where I hone in on my skills,” Mohrholz said.

"Last Saturday, the winds built up and it was a real challenge because the boat chucked me out twice.”

But like she has done for many years, she quickly took stock and went about her job again.

"A the windward mark, it's very hard work and you really have to concentrate all of the time,” Mohrholz said.

Meanwhile competition continues at the Port Curtis Sailing Club with a round the bay race tomorrow from 9am until 4pm.

The race covers 60 nautical miles and involves a dozen boats of the cruising, racing, multi-hull and mono-hull variety.

Easterly winds up to 20 knots are predicted before easing in the evening.

- NICK KOSSATCH



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