The event, which took place on 10 and 11 October, saw the young
sailors taking part in two days of coaching and selections.
Strict Covid-19 arrangements were in place and sessions took
place outdoors in three groups with Laser Head Coach Barry McCartin,
Performance Development Officer James Farrell and Performance Manager Andrew
Commenting on the action packed weekend, Andrew Baker said: “Saturday
was all about boat handling and shaking off any rustiness form a season with
less sailing than normal. Gusts of 20 knots were a rude awakening for some. By
the end of the day the groups were showing real promise and becoming more
competitive within themselves.
“Sunday put into practice the previous day of training with a drill
focusing on boat speed and changing gears in a laser. These sessions were aided
by the ever-changing weather which had the sailors working the boats through
light drifting conditions right up to flat out hiking.”
He added: “The weekend concluded with three large races bringing
all the groups together giving additional pressure of performing among a larger
number of boats, which is what the sailors can expect at future events.”
Reflecting on the success of the event, Baker said: “It was a
great weekend and I am very pleased
given the current Covid-19 climate that we were able to run the Performance
“I am impressed by the enthusiasm
shown by all the participants. This was my first selection weekend as
Performance Manager and I am pleased to see the talent Northern Ireland has to
offer and excited to grow and support our future sailors.
“I would like to thank everyone for
understanding the circumstances and helping us run the weekend safely and in
accordance with Covid-19 guidelines. ''
The successful young athletes who have been selected by RYA
Northern Ireland will now be invited to be part of the RYA Northern Ireland Youth
Performance Programme and undergo six weekends on-water coaching, as well as
other campaign support throughout the Winter period.