Saturday hosted a coaching day for 67 sailors across the junior pathway classes aiming to prepare them for a race day event. The coaching team was made of all the RYA Scotland Class Academy coaches alongside a number of assistant coaches who came along to share their knowledge of the boats and boards and gain valuable coaching experience.
Focusing on topics like; sailing in conditions of the day; how to take advantages on the start line and what information do I need to know before the event and where do I find it. The coaching team did an outstanding job in achieving their aims in challenging conditions for some of the younger sailors and exhilarating for others.
The main event saw over 85 sailors entering the annual Scottish Club Trophy with 45 Toppers, 12 Fevas, 2 Teras, 13 optimists and 13 windsurfers racing across two race areas. The conditions were very mixed and a little damp at times.
We were joined by British Sailing Team 49er sailor and Scottish 29er coach, Gillies Munro, who even managed to get in an optimist and join in some of the racing. He did initially try just trimming as a crew, but nose diving became a real issue!
Loch Earn Sailing Club did a fantastic job as host of this year’s event. Colin Tait sailing secretary LESC commented. “It is great to see so many sailors having a great time out on the loch.” He added. “It's great to see what can be delivered and how the event was flexible to the conditions."
We would like to thank Loch Earn Sailing Club for their support, and commitment to deliver a fun and organised weekend. Similarly there were lots of volunteers from the parents to our race team who assisted on the day who we cannot thank enough for they're part in ensuring a safe and successful event for all.
Robyn Philips, Topper Head Coach and Aberdeen and Stonehaven Yacht Club Member commented. “The separate coaching day was an optional day but the possibility of making it a full weekend was great, our ASYC team had a great welcome from the club and loved the weekend away, even though it was off the back of Junior week! Loch Earn did a great job of making this social and enjoyable.”
Of course as a competition there was a winner, in fact there were quite a few winners across a series of 'spot' prizes and class wins. This year the Club of the Year went to Dalgety Bay Sailing Club, who although had a small team managed some great results.
We are always keen to develop and improve the Scottish Club Trophy as an introduction to racing for junior sailors and ensure we deliver the impact and inspiration needed.
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Full results are available on our events page here