Training in the 2020/2021 Season

29 August 2020

We have planned a great winter training programme for you !

Many of you are already asking how our winter training wil look this year. The good news is that we remain fully committed to providing the best possible training and we hope to publish dates and details very soon. We've been working behind the scenes to find the best ways to run training camps in a covid-safe way and we have made some good progress. It has required a few changes to our original plans as many clubs aren't able to welcome non-members so we have approached a number of training centres who can not only facillitate our training camps but also ensure that they are managed in a covid-safe way. We have had an excellent response and we have already begun training at Rockley. Rockley have welcomed our class coaches and we are very grateful for their support. This paves the way for more and it means a familiar programme of winter training is possible.

Our intention is to run two Class squads this winter (in addition to the RYA Youth Squad). Class National Squad will have 12 places, the coach/boat ratio will be 1/6, and it will be headed up by Niall Myant-Best. Class Development Squad will have 12 places with a coach/boat ratio of 1/4 and it willl be headed up by Class Coach Alice Masterman. The indicator events for both squads will be GP1 and GP2 so there is a big incentive to enter both events. Squad selection policy will be online and applications will open in early September.

We have to wait for RYA youth squad selection before we can offer our class squad places. As the Youth Nationals is in late October, we expect everything to be a bit later this year. We anticipate that our squad selection letters will go out in November. We hope our first squad camps will run in late November/December with four more squad camps in the Spring.

In the meantime, we are running open training and there are September dates in the Events/Results section of our web page which are geared at specific ability levels. We also have plans for open training in October/November.

So its all systems go for a full programme of Class Squads and training with an exciting winter ahead.

Will Willett