Coast windsurfer Josh Green in action on Lake Cootharaba.
Coast windsurfer Josh Green in action on Lake Cootharaba. JULIE HARTWIG

Sailboarding remains in aquatic limelight

SAILBOARDING remains the flavour of the month after Mooloolaba's Hailey Lea's unique Techno 293 win and Buderim's Josh Green prepares for the Windsurfer One Design Australian Championship.

Lea is the first Coast sailor to be selected to an Australian team to contest the Youth Sailing World Championship after finishing as the top girl in the Techno 293 class at the Adelaide Australian Youth Sailing Championships.

Her fellow Coast sailors also achieved personal bests with Noosa's Indiabeau Laborie finishing eighth in the Laser Radial and Frazer Brew finishing 17th in the Laser 4.7s in the same event.

Green is ecstatic about Lea's win and is looking forward to training with her during the lead-up to the youth world championship in July.

Before that happens, Green, 48, heads to Sydney next week to get his mind and body ready to race in the nationals on the Sound off Mosman Beach on Sydney Harbour where the open ocean swells roll in.

He will also have the Australia Day weekend sailing and power-boat traffic to contend with while racing the 80-board fleet.

The former Canadian windsurfing team member says the national title had eluded him last year, but he says he is better prepared this year.

This year he has put on weight so he can move up to the preferred medium-weight division and has been training hard off Mooloolaba and Southport.

"The rough seas-state and big-wind conditions will suit me so I think I have a good chance of taking out the title,” Green said.

The last word of this week goes to the un-retiring Bob Robertson who is in Dusseldorf, Germany, at what is touted as the world's biggest boat show.

Her says the visit is on his bucket list of boating adventures.

However, there is also a suspicion he is there looking for another yacht, since he has put his Sydney Hobart Race division-winning Bravo on the market.

"You just never know. I have an open mind and a cheque book,” Robertson said, before departing.

And that, he says, is the extent of what he is prepared to share as he worries about his wife Bev overhearing any likely plans he has for inspecting a specific vessel.

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