Winter 2021/22 saw the first Winter Race Training programme, with fortnightly on-the-water days running between November and April.
This structured programme of training through the winter is designed to build on the progress and enthusiasm that many of the Juniors have shown over the summer, and to deliver a ‘squad training’-type experience that will substantially improve their racing skills and enjoyment on the water.
The Saturdays are run by external RYA coaches Stuart Jones and Izzy Cramp, supported by SYC's own team of qualified RYA Level 2 Race Coaches. The programme was oversubscribed in its first year, with 21 sailors on board for the winter. Sessions are designed to develop the sailors' skills and experience, and focus on boat speed, race rules, tactics, physical and mental preparation, and a range of other topics.
The coaching is delivered across two groups. The more experienced group will be for Juniors sailing Teras and Toppers only – because we can give a better quality coaching experience if the boats are similar. Club boats will be available to use. The less experienced group will be for sailors in any boat class.
In 2021-22, sailors came from various clubs in the South West. The 2021-22 dates are:-