The RYA UK Youth programme, British Youth Sailing (BYS), is designed to enable the best British sailors to develop their racing skills so that they can succeed on the international stage. It is aimed at sailors with the potential for world-class performance. BYS sailors have the potential to meet one of three criteria:
The RYA employs a specific UK Class Coach and contracts a series of performance specialists to oversee the development of the sailors. They are directed and managed by the RYA Youth Racing Manager.
The following classes are included in the BYS programme:
The BYS programme consists of up to 20 days over the course of the year. The majority of these camps take place over autumn and winter, although sessions are planned in to help sailors prepare for summer international events.
Fitness training and conditioning support forms an integral part of all our programmes. Fitness testing may take place at camps throughout the year. Core stability training and specialist strength and conditioning education is also provided at this time.
The programme takes place at a variety of inland and coastal locations. Further training camps may be run as required.
As part of the BYS programme sailors will normally: