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South Zone Racing Update - Jan 2016 

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 2 Courses

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.

Paralympic Pathway

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.  


The 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 development.   

The RYA High Performance Club

Hayling 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 region. 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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