In total there are five Development Team Camps and an Orientation Camp taking place at Cumbrae and Inverclyde over the winter, to focus on helping our top Scottish sailors over all the classes reach their full potential.

The class specific coaching team at the Orientation Camp included head coaches Duncan Hepplewhite, Jamie Calder, Robbie Burns, Iain McLaughlin, Sami Poole, Gillies Munro and Gavin Dunlop. The teams got to meet each other, while the parents were given an overview of the Development Team  training and next season goals.

Topper Head Coach Duncan Hepplewhite said. “The Orientation Camp is the first opportunity to work with the new sailors after selection by the Performance Committee at the end of September. We work with the best sailors, based on performance over the season and through the Academy Pathway, training over the winter at sportscotland National Centre Cumbrae.”

The team highlights the values of British Youth Sailing: Respect and Integrity; Courage and Determination; Curiosity; Ownership and to be Passionately Ambitious.


Laser Radial Development Team Head Coach Iain McLaughlin said. “Whilst the Academy training is open to all, the selected group at Development Team can further focus on more specific elements. We worked as a group to establish the main values as part of a Development Sailor and had some great ideas. Things that came up included someone who is really curious about learning how to improve, has a real drive and is also somebody who is really focused and when the get down to their learning, they know what there hear to learn.”


Matt Toynbee of RYA Scotland noted. “It was great to get all our development teams together as we focus our efforts on making the big performance gains over the winter training block. All teams benefited from planning sessions with their coaches and some very insightful workshops delivered by sportscotland Institute of Sport Performance Lifestyle and Nutrition Specialists to both parents and athletes.”


“We were also very fortunate to have British Sailing Team athlete Lorenzo Chiavarini sharing his experiences of the journey through the RYA Scotland programme, starting sailing at his exploits sailing on the Crinan Canal to the West Coast to competing on the world stage.”

Lorenzo is indeed very inspirational as his sailing started in a remote location initially and as he says ‘the only competitors were the wildlife.’ Now competes in the Laser class around the world he can say that he has fun training with five times Olympic medalist Robert Scheidt on Lake Garda. Quite a contrast and his presentation to the young aspirational group left quite an impression.

We wish all the sailors the best for coming winter training and the development sailors will be attending the Class Academy training which also runs throughout the winter.

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