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    BKA Programmes 

    The BKA comprises four squads.

    The British Keelboat Academy is split into 4 Squads depending on experience and future aspirations. The season starts with a full Squad training weekends based in Cowes (The remaining training will either be Solent or Weymouth based).

    Key Dates

    • BKA Introduction (Cowes) 26th/27th November 2016 (ALL Squads)
    • Elliott Squad (WPNSA): 21st/22nd January 2017, 18th/19th March 2017 and 1st/2nd April 2017. 
    • Etchell Squad (Cowes): 19th/19th February 2017, 4th/5th March 2017, 18th/19th March 2017 & 1st/2nd April 2017. 
    • Inshore Squad:28th/29th January 2017, 18th/19th February & 4th/5th March 2017.(provisional)
    • Offshore Squad: 18th/19th February, 4th/5th March 2017 & TBC. RORC Offshore Races (Inc 6-12th August 2017)

    Elliott & Etchell Squads

    These squads are aimed at three groups; those starting out in keelboat racing and looking to develop their basic skills and understanding, Match Racers looking to develop skills, meet new teams and gain training and funding towards national and international events.  2017 will include an Etchell Squad who will receive intensive, focused training in Cowes over the Winter/Spring.

    2017 Events may include (Dates TBC):

    • CCYC Spring Series
    • CCYC Bedrock Challenge Cup
    • RYC Sir Kenneth Preston
    • RCYC Etchells Southern
    • Cowes Week
    • Etchells Nationals

    Inshore Squad

    The Inshore Squad will be aimed at the more experienced keelboat sailors with a couple of seasons of experience racing on a range of keelboats. The programme will include training through the winter/Spring and then match sailors with suitable campaigns for the 2017 season.

    Offshore Squad

    The Offshore programme is aimed at sailors interested in developing their offshore racing skills. The sailors will be able to plan their own program around the RORC offshore series or the JOG offshore series. The team will be campaigning a Beneteau First 50 with the main focus for 2017 being the Rolex Fastnet Race.

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