North Area Training

Open Training Programme 2019-20

Each year we organise an Open Coaching programme for the region's Topper sailors. Open Coaching is available to all ITCA members (if you are not a member you will be able to try one session with a temporary membership). This Coaching is an excellent opportunity to develop your skills alongside other Topper sailors. It aims to increase sailors’ skills, confidence and enjoyment in Topper sailing. The coaching will focus on boat set up, boat handling, boat speed, race tactics, wind strategy, starting techniques, target setting, fitness, diet and nutrition.

Open Training Programme 2019/20

  Date Club Head Coach Notes / Focus of Training
1 Sat. 31st August 2019 Pennine SC Lucy Means Girls Only Training
2 Sat 5th October 2019 Pennine SC Curtis Means Tacking and Gybing
Sat 30th Nov 2019 Budworth SC Adam Millington  Boat Set up
4 Sat 4th Jan 2020 Jumbles SC Adam Millington   Starting  
5 Sat 1st Feb 2020 Elton SC  Adam Millington   Starting Routines 
6 Sat 21st March 2020 Pennine SC Adam Millington Tactics and Strategy 

An email with details of each coaching day will be sent out a few weeks ahead of the date for that event. The coaching events can be entered via the ITCA (GBR) websites Event Entry system Early entry is as places are limited and fill up quickly.

Provided there are sufficient numbers, sailors will be divided into groups of similar ability for part of the day's training. This helps the less experienced sailors work on one set of goals, while the more experienced sailors may work on slightly different goals.

The specific objectives for each coaching day are based on the RYA's Start Racing programme. Examples include mark rounding, starting technique, boat handling, wind strategy, boat on boat tactics, together with specialist techniques for setting up a topper in various conditions. As well as briefing and on-the-water training, we usually include coaching games and some friendly racing to help practice what has been learnt.

Our Open Coaching days normally start at 09:30am and finish around 4:30pm, depending on the light and conditions. Sailors are asked to have their boats rigged and be in the training room for 09:30am, but are requested not to change into sailing gear until they are asked to do so by the coaches. It is essential that all sailors wear appropriate clothing to keep them warm when wet, as it can be cold during the winter months.

RYA Topper North Zone

This is training organised by the RYA and usually consists of a squad of 12 to 18 boats that train over 6 weekends from November through to May. The squad is selected over a short series of race and training events during September and is open to sailors under the age of 14 years old on 31st December. More details about RYA squads can be found here

The Provisional North Zone Squad training events for 2019/20 are listed below:

10 November 2019 - Land Day - Leeds

16/17 November 2019 - Pennine SC

7/8 December 2019 - Beaver SC

18/19 January 2020 - West Kirby SC

7/8 March 2020 - LLSC

18/19 April 202 - Tees and Hartlepool

23/24/25 May 2020 - Pwllheli

For more information contact us.



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