(Update: 8th January Junior Winter Race Training Report is now live in Yachts & Yachting. Also 5th February.)

A mild November Saturday saw 21 keen junior sailors on the water at Starcross Yacht Club for the first of eleven Winter Junior Race Training sessions.


Two groups of young sailors spent a full day on the water, led by RYA coaches Stuart Jones and Izzy Cramp, supported by Andrew Paley, Helen Scott and Russ Gibbs, who are some of SYC's own team of qualified RYA level 2 Race Coaches.

The sailors came from various clubs in the South West, and were split into two groups based on their racing experience. The experienced group sailed Toppers and Teras, while the less experienced group were in a range of classes. With the sun breaking through a few times, both groups focused on mark-rounding techniques, boat speed and sail control, along with some follow-my-leader.



Images by Freya Ballantyne and Andrew Paley