North West Area Training
Open Training Programme 2018/19
Each year we organise an Open Coaching programme for the region's Topper sailors. Open 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 2018/19
|Date||Club||Head Coach||Focus of Training|
|Tues. 28th - Thurs 30th August||Leith & Lowton Lake SC||Richard Catchpole||Boat Set up & Handling|
|Sat. 06th October||Pennine SC||Curtis Mearns||
Boat handling & boat speed
RYA North Zone Indicator Event essential for entry
|Sat. 01st December||Budworth SC||Mark Jackson||Boat handling|
|Sat. 26th January 2019||Leigh & Lowton SC||Mark Jackson||Boat handling & boat set up|
|Sat. 16th February 2019||Elton SC||Mark Jackson||Processes & Routines|
|Sat. 16th March 2019||Hollingworth Lake SC||Mark Jackson||
|Sat. 13th April 2019||Bolton SC||Mark Jackson||
Race tactics and wind 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 greatly appreciated, as this allows us to get the best coach to sailor ration for the day which we consider to be 1 : 6.
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.
Training at Your Local Club
If there are sufficient sailors at your local club, the Area can arrange for an experienced topper coach to provide a day's coaching.
RYA Topper North Zone
This is training organised by the RYA and usually consists of a squad of 12 to 18 boats that training 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 2018/19 are listed below:
Land Day 04th November Leeds Trinity University
ZS1 17th/18th November Pennine Sailing Club
ZS2 08th/09th December Beaver Sailing Club
ZS3 02nd/03rd February West Kirby Sailing Club
ZS4 09th/10th March Leigh & Lowton Sailing Club
ZS5 06th/07th April Filey Sailing Club
ZS6 25th/26th/27th May Pwllheli Joint Camp
For more information contact:
NW Area Training Rep
Mobile: 07967 679670