South Zone update January 2018
Latest report from Duncan West, RYA South and South West High Performance Manager.
Youth Sailing World
Championships 2017 Sanya, China
The South Region had four sailors part of the
British Youth Sailing Team at the World Sailing Youth Worlds, with 5 of the 14
British sailors from the region. Alex Smallwood and Ross Thompson
(Beaconsfield/Godalming) in the 420 and Nick Robins and Billy Vennis-Ozanne
(Winchester/Hill Head) in the 29er. Final results and write up.
Entries for this year’s Youth National Championships hosted at Largs
YC are now open which will form the primary selection event for 2018’s Youth
Worlds. Enter here.
RYA South Squads
2017 -18 winter zone squads are all selected, with 17 sailors in the Topper
Squad, 36 Optimist sailors (the largest this squad has ever been), 7 boats in
the RS Feva squad and 17 windsurfers.
The winter training started with the
Squad Land Days at WPNSA in November for sailors and parents. So far this
winter the weather has been mixed with no wind and ice to heavy rain and gales.
Hopefully with no training in January and extending the winter training in to
May will see better weather for the rest of training. I am pleased to report
that of the 24 coaches employed within the whole region 11 are female, which
should help to support our work of increasing girls with in the pathway. We are
working jointly with the Topper Class to employ Lynn Billows to lead the All
Girls class coaching within the region, and also nationally.
In December we ran Physical
Profiling in Portland, for youth sailors which is one of the three
consideration for selection to the British Sailing Team; Sailing Performance,
Profiling and Values & Behaviours. The next Youth Physical Profiling will
be held before the Youth Nationals in Largs.
this month I visited Milton Keynes SC to deliver a workshop on the RYA Youth
Racing Pathway. Members of MKSC were joined by Haversham SC, Emberton Park SC
and Great Moor SC. If your club would like to host a workshop and learn more
about the pathway and how best to support young sailors looking to apply for
RYA squads please do drop me a line.
2018 will see an increase in support and time to help the regions clubs
to raise numbers of sailors and hopefully see more entry’s at the regions
Interclubs. We are running CPD for all Team 15 clubs at Burghfield SC on March
The Team15 interclubs have been confirmed for 2018
1 - 19 May, Oxford SC
South 2 - 23 June
South 3 - 21 July
South 4 - 19 August
Racing Coach Development
RCL2 courses are programmed in March, hosted by
Milton Keynes SC. There is also a Keelboat course planned at Cowes Corinthian
YC next month. Any club wishing to host a course needs to programme it as soon
as possible as there is a 3 mouth setup time so we are look at course in the autumn.
Please direct all enquires to myself firstname.lastname@example.org
Information on the RCL2 course can be found here
. The RCL3 course will be running again in 2018,
aimed at experienced club coaches looking to reflect and develop thehere.
coaching. Any coach looking to gain more
information about the course can find it here.
KEY DATES for 2018
1st – 6th
April 2018: RYA Youth
National Championships, Largs, Scotland.
5th – 7th
May 2018: RYA Eric Twiname Zone and Home Country Championships,
Rutland Water SC.
15th – 16th
September 2018: National Windsurfing Championships, Rutland
29th – 30th
September 2018: RYA Zone Championships, WPNSA
20th – 21st
October 2018: RYA Youth Team Racing Championships, Oxford SC
For more information on all of the above contact Duncan West.