Don’t miss out on this weekend’s RYA 'Girls4Gold' 2012 programme

Apply now for the 'Girls4Gold' training programme this weekend at WPNSA

The RYA’s ‘Girls4Gold’ 2012 programme is set to get underway at the Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy this weekend (21-22 April) and event organisers are urging all female sailors interested in taking part to apply now.  

Building on the success of last year’s programme the RYA and Skandia Team GBR are encouraging female helms and crew in all high-performance two-person boats, or those who have an interest in gaining insights into this new opportunity, to sign up for the WPNSA weekend to get a taster of skiff sailing in some of the equipment being trialled for 2016, and to receive top tips from an expert coaching team, led by Tracey Covell.  

Last year’s ‘Girls4Gold’ programme was hailed a huge success by Olympic gold medallist Pippa Wilson: “There was an amazing buzz, everyone fitted together really well regardless of ability and although it was a fun and informal weekend, everyone learned a huge amount which was great.”  

The Yngling gold medallist from Beijing and a former Youth World Champion in the 29er class, added: “It was really good to see such a mix of girls there from those who have done Olympic campaigns before, to young sailors fresh out of youth classes, to club sailors who are just completely mad about sailing and want to learn all they can from all the different people.”  

The 2012 weekends are open to teams and individuals 18 or over. Sailors are encouraged to borrow RS800s to take part but other Twin Trapeze Asymmetric classes are also welcome. Sailors will be asked to contribute £20 per person per weekend to training costs.  

Barrie Edgington, Skandia Team GBR Development Squad Manager, commented: “With the Olympic Women’s Skiff class about to be formalised by ISAF, we are continuing with our introductory sessions for the females both looking to gain an insight into Skiffs and Olympic campaigning as well as sailors wanting to continue to develop their Skiff sailing skills.”  

“With Tracey Covell leading the weekends, sailors will receive both expert on water coaching as well as benefiting from Tracey’s vast experience in the area of campaigning.”  

“These are exciting times for female dinghy sailors with the addition of a high performance skiff style boat for 2016 and these weekends are designed to assist interested individuals or teams to gain an understanding of some of the key principals and skills of this style of boat in a fun and conducive environment,” concluded Edgington.  

The RYA’s 2012 ‘Girls4Gold’ training dates are as follows:

21st – 22nd April, WPNSA

19th – 20th May, WPNSA

2nd – 3rd June, Grafham SC

7th - 8th July, Hayling Island SC  

Sign up for your place on the RYA’s ‘Girls4Gold’ 2012 programme by applying to

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Article Published: April 16, 2012 14:25

Article Updated: January 15, 2016 13:15


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