Clarence skippers prepare to set sail

TWO Clarence skippers will be heading to Kiel, Germany in July to compete in the 4.7 Laser Sailing World Championships.

William Sargent and Max Gluskie, both 15-years-old, secured their spots on the Australian team when they finished third and fourth overall in the Australian Youth Championships in New South Wales.

Their successful results saw them become the only Tasmanian representatives in the 15-sailor team heading to Germany.

William, who has been sailing for three-years, said he was happy to reach the pinnacle event for this type of boat so early in his sailing career.

“I am one of the youngest in the team and I am looking forward to competing against some of the best sailors in the world,” he said.

“The weather in Kiel is most often quite windy, which is usually how I like to sail and these are the conditions that I excel in the most.

“Hopefully, I will take full advantage of this and I will be aiming to sail to the very best of my ability.”

Max, a skipper with five-years’ experience, said he was nervous to be competing in such a large regatta, but felt he would prove a solid competitor.

“My first goal will be to try and make the Gold Fleet,” he said.

“I think it will be fun to represent both Tasmania and Australia, and I look forward to catching up with sailors from the other states again.

“After this regatta is complete, I hope to move up to Laser Radial.”

William said it was a “real privilege” to represent Australia at just 15-years-of-age.

“I don’t think it will fully sink in until the gun of the first race sounds,” he said.

“Following this event, my long term goal is to qualify for the Australian sailing team and then the Olympics.”

William and Max will be hosting a fundraising event for their trip on Saturday 18 June, which will include a curry night and silent auction.

William said any funds raised on the night would be a “huge help” in aiding the overseas trip.

“We have received some wonderful support already from businesses and friends, so we know that it will be a good night,” he said.

For more information or if you are interested in attending the fundraising event, RSVP to wmworlds2016@hotmail.com.

Caption: Young Clarence residents Max Gluskie, left, and William Sargent have been chosen to represent Australia at the 4.7 Laser Sailing World Championships in Kiel, Germany in July.

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