Junior and Youth Coaching
Coaching is available to Junior members of the Club. For coaching purposes, we generally split our Junior and Youth Sailors (JAYS) into those U16 as at 31 August (juniors) and those 16 years and over (youth).
For juniors, most coaching takes place on Sunday mornings, when there are two main groups - (1) Better Sailing and (2) Racing. We currently run two blocks of training: Block 1 (Apr-Jun) and Block 2 (Sep-Oct), with the aim of running approximately 12 sessions in total across both blocks. Details of how to book (and the small charge payable per block) will be circulated to all junior members by the Junior Training Co-ordinator.
The sessions are led by our enthusiastic team of volunteer instructors and coaches, who include some of our youth sailors. We also actively encourage youth sailors thinking about coaching in the future to come and help out at these sessions. We are very proud of our young sailors who give back in this way, whilst we continue to support them in developing new skills.
Outside the two main blocks, we often run additional Sunday morning coaching sessions as a warm-up for those intending to race on Sunday afternoons.
Sunday morning coaching takes place in Toppers (4.2 or 5.3 rigs), Fevas, ILCA 4s or occasionally an ILCA 6!
This group is for anyone who has already learnt to sail and is looking to hone their skills. Sailors will already have some understanding of wind awareness, how to rig a boat, launching and recovering and will be able to sail a triangular course in moderate wind conditions (Force 2-3), including tacking and gybing and recovering from a capsize. For those who have previously undertaken RYA training, we relate this to Stage 3 (Youth Scheme) or Level 2 (Adult Scheme).
Alongside practising the skills they have already learnt, sailors are introduced to fundamentals of racing such as understanding how races are started, courses and basic rules. Our aim is to actively move sailors towards participating in Club racing by the summer/early autumn.
This group breaks down into smaller groups who broadly follow the RYA's racing schemes: Start, Club, Regional and Championship racing. Our team of experienced racing sailors, many of whom are RYA qualified dinghy instructors or racing coaches, help guide our young sailors to refine their starting, boat speed and control, tactics and strategy. At the end of every session, sailors are encouraged to stay and join in Sunday racing.
Youth sailors are encouraged to take part in class specific coaching organised by the relevant fleet captain. In addition, many of our Youth sailors are involved in coaching programmes run outside the Club, which we actively look to back-up through bespoke Club coaching wherever possible. In addition, there are opportunities to take part in specific training for events such as the Southport 12 Hour Race. Youth (and junior) sailors are also welcome to join in with Better Sailing sessions on Saturday mornings.
Whilst not part of the "formal" coaching programme, from May to September, many JAYS can be found at the Club on a Friday evening from around 6pm, alongside other members, on the water practising their skills, splashing about on (or in) in the water or socialising ashore - often whilst enjoying an informal BBQ.