Regional Training Groups FAQs

When Do They Take Place and what can I expect to learn?

Regional Training Groups (RTGs) take place over six weekends from November through to April. The dates of the training are available on the website usually from the end of July. RYA Coaches cover all aspects of dinghy racing - setting up your boat, fitness, boat handling skills, starting, tactics and strategy.

Where do the RTGs take place?

The RYA has six English regions, the North, Midlands, East, London & South East, South and South West plus the home countries – Wales, Scotland & Northern Ireland. Each offers training in RYA recognised classes. (Link to RYA Regions & home countries)

How many sailors are in each RTG?

We aim to take sailors who have a good basic knowledge of racing through to experienced Junior class racers. The range of ability within each RTG will vary depending on their experience and knowledge and some sailors may be in involved for a few years. Typically, RTG’s will go up to about 18 sailors.

What junior boats are sailed within the RTG’s?

The RYA runs RTG training in each of these popular British Youth Sailing (BYS) Recognised (junior)classes, Optimist, Topper, RS Feva, Bic Techno 293 (windsurf).

How long should I expect to be a part of an RTG?

Sailors are often in the RTG up until they are ready to move on to a Youth Class or until they reach the maximum age for the class for RTG. There is no minimum age, so sailors often spend a few years developing their racing skills in their chosen class of boat.

How do I get involved with the RTG’s?

Each year we issue guidance on what events sailors need to do to be considered for their local RTGs. However, sailors will be expected to attend key indicator events within their region as well as their the BYS Regional Junior Championships. Applications, usually open in July for sailors who would like to be considered for the RTG’s.

What other opportunities are there?

The RS Tera and UK Cadet also run training groups which are also supported by RYA coaches. Details of these can be found on their website. o All the BYS Recognised Classes also offer open training opportunities within most regions, which enables sailors to access training outside of their home clubs. o The RYA also run training for the ILKA 4 which is split between the North and South of the country.

How do I get further help and advice?

Please get in contact with your Regional Performance Manager.

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