Chris Atherton reports:
We are now in the middle of the 2015
-16 regional winter training squads programme. 28 sailors are in the Optimist
Zone squad, dominated by a large percentage of male, and two female sailors including Finlay Craigen, Megan
Farrer, Arthur Collenette, Zachary Ellis, Sam Schofield, Mathias Potter, Henry
Heathcote, Robert Mawdesley, Hector Bennett, Santiago Sesto Cosby, Edward
Beardsall, Freddie Fitzsimmons, Alex Cole, Kristof Jenkins, Lucy Howarth,
Freddie Howarth, Kuba Staite, Cameron Hook, Sam Dickinson, Oscar Morgan-
Harris, Luke Watson, Oliver Woodley, Cameron Yates, Oliver Meadowcroft, William
Morris, Alice Snook, Sam Thomson and Oliver Hale.
With the RYA very keen to promote and
support parity in squad selection, we are also supporting a further six younger
girls training in a squad alongside the Zone Squad. The Topper regional squad
consists of twelve sailors: Harriet Kirk, George
Vincent, Heloise Shadbolt, Zoe Belben, Phoebe Hutchings, Joan Laycock, Dan
Batty, Curtis McKay, Holly Annels, Max Beaney, Alice Smith and Oscar Shaw.
The combined South
and South West Windsurf squad numbers only nine sailors: Guy Whale, Jeremy
Whale, Rafferty Read, Oscar Shaw, Ruby Owen, Freddie Thompson, Max Beaman,
Bella Thompson, and Guy Owen, which is down on number from previous years. However, the region has a large proportion of the national squad who this year will be
also training alongside the zone squad.
The RS Feva XL squad of ten boats include: Isaac Greaves, Alex Kimish, Ellie Hill, Chase
Drewe, Tom Barnes, Julia Barnes, Lauren Paton, Freddie Ellis, Joe Cunliffe,
Albert Barker, Adam Macer, Will Jarman, Molly Burns, Sophie Judd, Joseph
Bradley, Benjamin Bradley, Ollie Croft, Kieran Andrews, Freya Cox and Amy Cook.
Racing Coach Level
These are still extremely popular
and courses are filling up very quickly once they are announced. We have run a
course at Royal Lymington YC, over the winter and have more planned for 2016.
Any club wishing to hold a course needs to get it in their programme as soon as
possible as there is a 3 mouth setup time so we are starting to look at course
for the spring / summer. For more information click here.
The RYA Para
Programme is still looking for more young sailors to join the 2.4 squads
training at the three Para RYA High Performance Clubs, Rutland Queen Mary and
Leigh on Lowton Sailing Club.
The RYA will also be assisting World Sailing in
its bid to get sailing reinstated for the 2024 Paralympic Games.
2015 Team15 Champions
Cup which was held at Grafham Water SC was jointly won by Oxford Zoomers and
West Kirby Warriors.
Following the Team15 review there will no longer be any
Team15 Academy Clubs and we will be looking to the region's clubs to hold one or
more Interclub in 2016.
The South region now contains Oxford Zoomers, Calshot
Flyers and Portsmouth Windriders Team15 Clubs.
We will still be looking to
maintain regional CPD and proved support for Instructor / coach
The RYA High Performance Club
Island Sailing Club have been reappointed for 2016 as a High Performance Club. The aim is to run more regional performance coaching at a central hub,
reducing costs and time away for sailors.
John Merricks Trust
Commencing back in 2013, the John Merricks Sailing
Trust agreed to donate up to 50 single-handed pathway boats/boards over the
next five years (normally up to 10 per annum) to the clubs/centres of promising
young sailors who may not normally have the financial backing or opportunity to
progress within the sport.
For 2015-16 no boats or boards were awarded to the
South region as the JMST received no applicants from the region.
For 2016 it
would be great to promote this opportunity for younger sailors within the
Upon selection, the RYA will donate the boat/board
to the club/centre, which the young sailor represents within the
regatta/windsurf fleet at the relevant RYA Zone/Home Country Championships, on
the proviso that the club/centre will insure the equipment and make a free loan
to the selected sailor for their primary usage for a period of two years, at
which point the custody of the boat/board will revert to the club/centre in
order for them to use as part of their club fleet to get additional young
sailors afloat and developing their skills.
Events that South junior and youth sailors might be attending in 2016
2nd – 8th April: The RYA Youth Nationals at Plas Heli, North Wales.
10th 11th September (Tbc): Team15 Champions Cup, part of
the National Windsurfing Championships.
24th 25th September: The RYA Zone Championships
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