The BKA will comprise of a national squad, with each sailor tailoring their own programme depending upon their experience and future aspirations.
The first weekend of training is the ‘Squad induction’, which will take place on the 11th/12th November 2017 at the Royal Southern YC, Hamble. This weekend will be a chance to discuss the individual and specialist modules that you wish to attend with the coaches. It is also a chance for the coaches to assess and review your sailing skills.
All sailors from the BKA should develop some ability in all positions on a boat. Sailors will want to focus on specific areas to help them move in the direction which they are motivated in. To balance both of these goals, the ‘crew positions’ will be simplified into three areas: Foredeck, Trimmer and Afterguard.
- Foredeck includes: Bow, Mast and Pit.
- Trimmer includes: Pit, Spinnaker Trim, Jib Trim and Main Trim.
- Afterguard includes: Main Trim, Helm and Navigation/Tactics.
After selecting a ‘crew position’, sailors can choose up to 4 modules from the following topics:
- Short course boat handling
- Starting skills
- Upwind skills
- Downwind skills
- Spinnaker skills
- Offshore/Coastal Skills
- “Round the cans” Skills
- Match Racing
For each topic the key learning points will be different, dependent upon the focus of the ‘crew position’.
As well as individual modules driving the weekend, there will be ‘shore side’ modules to round off their knowledge about practical keelboat sailing. These may include, but will not be limited to:
- Boat electronics
- Diesel engines
- GRP and alloys
- Rigging, ropes and hardware
- Navigation basics
- Toolbox’s and quick fixes
- Sail making and repairs
Will be confirmed that the Squad Induction weekend (11/12th November 2017) and will take place in February, March and April 2018.
Will include (but not be limited to) Weymouth, Tees & Hartlepool, Torquay, Burnham-on-crouch, Hamble and Cowes.
Training will be in a wide variety of boats, from small one design boats to large cruiser racers.
Key events next year:
Will be dependent upon the squad sailors’ ambitions, but may include: IRC Europeans, IRC World Championships, Cork Week, Scottish Series, Commodores Cup, World Sailing Nations Cup, Eurosaf Match Racing Championships.
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