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Race Training

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The club holds regular race training courses and sessions for new and existing members wanting to improve their sailing technique and speed on the water.

Race Training Sessions

If you are looking to improve your racing or want to learn how to race then you have the following options:
Informal Tuition:
Why not attend one of our Saturday morning family sessions where you will be able to practice essential race training techniques under the watchful eye of a tutor or experienced member.
Formal Courses: Throughout the year the club will aim to hold specialised Race Training courses for specific boat classes – Talk to the Training Officer Peter Dewhurst for more details.
Topics covered usually include:

  • The starting sequence 5,4,1,Go
  • The start line – understanding line bias
  • Wind shifts and wind patterns
  • Good starting technique
  • Other boats
  • Maximising speed
  • Approaching and rounding marks
  • Essential race rules
  • Reading wind shifts
  • Technique for tacking & Gybing
  • When to tack and gybe
  • Maximising boat speed using the boat controls


Contact Peter Dewhurst on 07866 284182

3 Day ‘Race Technique Skills Course’ for Juniors

29th-31st August 2018 – With Paul Graham
Tutor: Paul Graham
What’s Available?Racing for Juniors
Who’s it for?Juniors with RYA 2 or YSS Stage 3 who want to progress to club racing or develop their racing
What will I need?Old clothes and trainers or wellies Old waterproof jacket and trousers Waterproof watch We use club boats for race training, including: Pico’s / Toppers / GP14 / Laser
What will I learn? How to prepare for racing How to rig a boat for racing Starting Mark Rounding Race tactics Racing rules Weather and strategy Goal - To complete and qualify in a club race series
3 day course Wed 28th - Friday 31st August 2018 ENQUIRE>> Sessions: 09:30 - Arrive and change 10:00 - Brief and rig boats 16:00 - Boat off water, derig and change
How much will it cost?Members Only - £TBC

Racing Skills Clinics

Suitable for all beginners and more experienced sailors
Who’s it for?Sailors already involved in racing or having previously completed a start racing course
What will I need?Old clothes and trainers or wellies Old waterproof jacket and trousers Waterproof watch Your own boat or hire a club boat
What will I learn?What makes a successful racing sailor How to make a boat go fast and boat handling skills The basic racing rules and how they are used in racing tactics Using the variations in the wind in racing Goal - To work on practical sailing skills, practice race training exercises and also to introduce the higher level skills that can be developed through self coaching