We are still in the early stages of our winter training programme, and the schedule for the next 4 Open Training weekends will be the following:
Each weekend will have a period set aside to work on boat handling, speed and starting. This will be through various exercises and will be dependent on the ability of the group and the weather conditions. There will also be an aspect of sailing that will be covered in more detail each weekend. These are as follows:
November 7/8 Grafham - Starting - slow boat handling, set moves, strategy and rules.
December 11/12 Rutland - Upwind - speed, tactics and the windward mark approach.
January 20/21 Draycote - Downwind - speed, tactics and the gate.
February 17/18 Datchet - Advanced boat handling and sailing a regatta - preparation, planning and priorities.
The RYA's Transition Training was changed two years ago and is now integrated with the Open Training programme. The coaches will be working with small consistent groups of sailors based on an assessment of ability. The aim is to identify and maintain regular contact between the same coach and a group of sailors so that everybody is allowed to progress at their optimum pace.
Open Trainings will start at 9.30am and finish at about 5.30pm on the Saturday. The Sunday will finish slightly earlier at around 4.30pm. The boats need to be ready to go at 9.30am with the sails rigged but not pulled up. Sailors don't need to be changed but should have their kit ready so they can get ready straight after a briefing. Coaches will communicate with you if there are any changes to these times due to the venue or other restrictions.
Don't forget the 29er is a physical boat especially for the crew. You need to be able to sail the boat flat out for the whole day and then for a whole regatta! You should all be on a fitness programme which allows you to do this. If you are struggling with this talk to your coach and they will be able to help or contact Steve Irish at [email protected]