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Youth Race Squad

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Background to YRS

The YRS (Youth Racing Squad) in its current format was headed by Tim Cripps (the original squad father) as a means to encourage and support junior sailors (aged over 11) to race.

Initially starting with a small squad of around 12 sailors in toppers and progressing to Lasers they attended a coached racing programme running in Spring and Autumn each year. These original YRS can now be found helming or crewing in double handed boats, competing in NCSC racing series, in national race squads and passing on their knowledge as instructors.

Today the programme is very similar with volunteer coaches leading two programmes in Spring and Autumn. The programme is intended to provide intense focus on racing skills (rather than learning to sail) over a set number of days. All sessions are delivered on a Saturday combining the Saturday racing series.

So to provide an overview:

During Spring 2018, we have delivered a 4 full day programme (four Saturdays) led by a core team of volunteer coaches during May and June. The format provides small group work both on the shore and the water aiming to improve the existing racing skills of the YRS members. All juniors work hard and complete the full day working with the coaches and their peers to improve their racing techniques including starting, line bias, the 1stbeat and improving their boat control. There is also a focus on racing rules and protests. YRS are expected to compete in the Saturday Stanier series to continually improve their racing skills as part of the coaching programme.

The Autumn dates are currently under discussion and will be posted on fb as well as sent to those on the YRS mailing list.

The YRS programme is free to any club member but there are criteria for sailors to be included in the YRS.

1) YRS programme aims to encourage and support juniors racing therefore we need to see demonstration that juniors are already starting race. For example Tuesday night racing or Saturday which are the two most appropriate club racing series for juniors. We are looking that juniors have already completed at least one series before applying to YRS, this demonstrates to us and the coaches that they are committed to racing. Just holding a RYA qualification does not mean juniors are necessarily interested or committed to racing.

2) Sailors need to own their own boat that is suitably equipped to race. There is no criteria for the type of boat and could be an Optimist, Topper, Laser, Tera or other single handed boats. As yet we have not had any double handed boats but that doesn't mean they can't be part of YRS.

3) Sailors must possess a willingness and commitment to race at the club - not just because parents thinks it's a good idea!

4) Suitable clothing to attend the coaching session, including sailing gear for the sailor to be on the water for at least 90 minutes (i.e. Wet suit, dry suit, thermal gear) - it can still be cold in Spring/Autumn.

5) Be available to attend the planned sessions with a willingness to listen, learn and follow instructions from the coaches.

6) Parents/guardians are required to assist the coaches by providing safety cover (on the water as rib drivers/safety crews) and also as shore assistants (will need buoyancy aid and willing to help launch/retrieve boats as required). The programme is run by volunteer club members so parents need to be around at every session in case of 'extra hands' needed.

What next?

If you feel a junior (aged between 11 - 16) meets the above criteria fully then contact the YRS coordinator Kathryn Hinsliff-Smith by email to arrange our ON THE WATER ASSESSMENT and discuss if this is the right option.

If your junior sailor isn't quite ready for the YRS then we would encourage you to continue to attend the popular Saturday Club, as well as consider completing any of the RYA Training Courses at the Club including Level 4 or Learn to Race course.

Find us on facebook Link to Youth Squad Facebook Group

Last updated 11:53 on 28 February 2019

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