READY TO RACE: Keppel Bay Sailing Club competitor Jonno Pummell is ready to set sail at the Queensland Youth Yachting Championships in Yeppoon this weekend. Photo Melanie Plane/The Morning Bulletin
READY TO RACE: Keppel Bay Sailing Club competitor Jonno Pummell is ready to set sail at the Queensland Youth Yachting Championships in Yeppoon this weekend. Photo Melanie Plane/The Morning Bulletin Melanie Plane

15-year-old Pummell sets sail for Qld title along Cap Coast

JONNO Pummell will ramp up his campaign for a state title today as sailors from across the state set sail on day one of the Queensland Youth Yachting Championships.

The 15-year-old Yeppoon sailor will take advantage of familiar waters and vie for a spot on the state podium off the coast of Yeppoon today, tomorrow and on Sunday.

Pummell, who has been sailing for four years, spent the past three days picking up racing tips from some of Queensland's top coaches and competitors and planned to put them to good use come race time.

"I think I'll do pretty well ... I'm competing in division one," Pummell said.

"My main competition will probably be the 420s and the other 29er. It will be pretty fun out there on the water."

Former Yachting New Zealand High Performance and Youth Director and five-time Volvo ISAF Youth World coach Marty Watson said high-quality racing was expected over a variety of classes.

"Some of the kids here would be as young as seven through to as old as 17," Watson said.

"Some of the local kids are looking pretty good. Kelly (Tansey) and Jonno (Pummell) in the 29er as well as Dane Bulder are all contenders in the double-handed disciplines.

"There is a crew from southern Queensland in the 420 men's that are looking pretty good and in the 420 women there is Eva Lorenz and Jasmine Tickle from the Whitsundays."

Keppel Bay Sailing Club sports coordinator Matthew Hunter said those competing will have the opportunity to compare their sailing skills with the other participants while having fun on the water at the same time.

"Spring time in September has the potential to bring gusty conditions, and launching off the beach and into waves will be a new, valuable and exciting experience for some of the sailors," Hunter said.

"Keppel Bay Sailing Club is proud to host such a premier youth sailing event.

"All members get on board to help out and volunteer during the event to make it as successful as possible and we hope to host the event for many years to come."

Hunter said members of KBSC cannot wait to show off their facilities to spectators during the regatta.

"Spectators and supporters can expect a fantastic viewing experience of the event," Hunter said.

"The beach is adjacent to the 'Bilge Bar', which is an outdoor dining area attached to the club, where patrons can view proceedings from the clubhouse deck or even the restaurant which both sit right on the beach."

QLD YOUTH YACHTING TITLES

From 11am today at Keppel Bay Sailing Club, Yeppoon

KBSC local competitors: 29er: Dane Bulder, Kelly Tansey and Jonno Pummell; 420: Myfina Healy; Flying 11: Ryan Healy; Laser 4.7: Sophie Baynton; Laser Radial: Blake Newton; Sabot: Jesse Laverty, Lucas Johnson, Shelby Newton, Seamus Byrt, Deklan Bulder and Steven Maher.



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