Youth Race Squad

A youth squad member enters Sunday racing

NCSC YOUTH SQUAD – Link to Youth Squad Facebook Group

The YRS (Youth Racing Squad) in its current format was headed by Tim Cripps (the original squad father) as a means to encourage and support junior sailors (aged over 11) to race.

Initially starting with a small squad of around 12 sailors in toppers and progressing to Lasers they attended a coached racing programme running in Spring and Autumn each year. These original YRS can now be found helming or crewing in double handed boats, competing in NCSC racing series, in national race squads and passing on their knowledge as instructors.

Today the programme is very similar with volunteer coaches leading two programmes in Spring and Autumn.  The programme is intended to provide intense focus on racing skills (rather than learning to sail) over a set number of days.  All sessions are delivered on a Saturday combining the Saturday racing series.

So to provide an overview:

In 2017 during May/June there were 5 sessions, 2 full days and 3 half day sessions (running from 12.00 and combining the Saturday racing) finishing around 16.00. In Sept there will be 3 full day sessions to include the Saturday racing series.  

The YRS is free to any club member but there are criteria for sailors to be included in the YRS.

1) YRS programme aims to encourage and support juniors racing therefore we need to see demonstration that juniors are already starting race. For example Tuesday night racing or Saturday which are the two most appropriate club racing series for juniors.  Just holding a RYA qualification does not mean juniors are necessarily interested or committed to racing.

2) Sailors need to own their own boat that is suitably equipped to race.  There is no criteria for the type of boat and could be an Optimist, Topper, Laser, Tera or other single handed boats.  As yet we have not had any double handed boats but that doesn’t mean they can’t be part of YRS.

3) Sailors must possess a willingness and commitment to race at the club – not just because parents thinks it’s a good idea!

4) Suitable clothing to attend the coaching session, including sailing gear for the sailor to be on the water for at least 90 minutes (i.e. Wet suit, dry suit, thermal gear) – it can still be cold in Spring/Autumn.

5) Be available to attend the planned sessions with a willingness to listen, learn and follow instructions from the coaches.

6) Parents/guardians are required to assist the coaches by providing safety cover (on the water as rib drivers/safety crews) and also as shore assistants (will need buoyancy aid and willing to help launch/retrieve boats as required). The programme is run by volunteer club members so parents need to be around at every session in case of ‘extra hands’ needed.

What next?

If you feel a junior (aged between 11 – 16) meets the above criteria then contact the YRS coordinator kathryn hinsliff-smith by email youthsquad@ncsc.org.uk   to arrange our ON THE WATER ASSESSMENT and discuss if this is the right option.

The dates for the Autumn 2017 programme are 3 full days 9th, 16th and 30th Sept (rigged for 9.30 until 16.00).

If your junior sailor isn’t quite ready for the YRS then we would encourage you to continue to attend the popular SATURDAY CLUB , as well as consider completing any of the NCSC RYA training courses  including Level 4 Learn to Race course.

Find us on facebook…… Notts County Sailing Club Youth Race Squad

The 2104 Youth squad, some of whom are now in Zone squad

Some of Youth squad lining up for Spring Regatta start

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