GALLERY: Keppel Bay Club Youth State Titles wrap up
MORE than 100 of Queensland's most promising young sailors have completed the annual six-day Keppel Bay Sailing Club (KBSC) Youth State Championships at Yeppoon.
Ranging in age from seven to 17, the youth state sailing championships attracted male and female sailors from as far north as Cairns down to Southport.
Now in its ninth year, the championships consist of a three-day training camp, followed by three days of racing, which wrapped up on Sunday.
Paul Florian, former Commodore of the KBSC and now championship race officer, said the event was designed to advance Queensland's sailing youth, with a view to developing elite sailors.
"From the green fleet, which are sailors relatively new to the sport, right through to the high performance youth, the championships are designed to develop sailing skills and ability," Florian said.
"The standard of coaching for the young sailors at the event is very high, with 12 coaches from Yachting Queensland, in association with the Australian Institute of Sport, conducting the three-day camp.
"We look forward to some of these sailors who participate in the youth championships to possibly go on and represent Australia in sailing at the Olympics as well as the America's Cup."
The training camp was held last Tuesday through to Thursday, with the championship racing on Friday to Sunday.
The sailors raced across nine different classes of vessels. The green fleet raced in Tackers Optimists on Causeway Lake and the off the beach boats consisted of Sabots, Open Bics, Bic Tecnos (sailboard), Flying 11's, 29ers, 420's Laser 4.7 and Laser Radials.
The weather was ideal for the championships and participants and their parents were impressed with the high level of sailing tuition and race organisation at the event.
"The feedback we got from the sailors and their parents is really very encouraging," Florian said.
"They told us it was an exceptionally well run and organised six-day sailing event. We are very keen to continue to run this youth sailing championships, because we see it as an important stepping stone for Queensland's young sailors to develop up to the elite level."