Derbyshire's young sailors getting ready for new training season
Chairman of Derbyshire Youth Sailing, Mike Haynes, looks ahead at the club's new training season.
When the opportunity to practice and train ahead of the racing season is presented to the young sailors of Derbyshire, they certainly commit themselves with vigour.
Despite the cold weather, there is no lack of enthusiasm for getting in their boats and working hard to develop and perfect their skills, at all levels and ages.
The next training session is being held in the north of the county at Combs Sailing Club, near Chapel-en-le-Frith, on Saturday, March 9, and will be led by Coach Richard Rawson of Peak Dinghy Spares, the Derbyshire Youth Sailing series sponsors for 2013.
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Richard will be helping the sailors to work on key aspects of their chosen sport and leading them through a series of activities that will be challenging their fitness and capabilities.
Richard raced in several Derbyshire Youth Sailing series some years ago and is an Royal Yachting Association-trained instructor, so he is well qualified and experienced to help teach today’s competitors.
Carsington Sailing Club hosted the first training session of the pre-season period, which was well attended and well-received by the sailors.
The light wind conditions were perfect for helping the sailors to learn to extend their concentration, so that they can maximise their boat speed and make the most of what little wind there can often be.
When the sailors are faced with weather conditions at the lower end of the thermometer, they put on insulating clothes under specialist sailing dry suits that keep them very cosy. They also pull on thick gloves and a variety of warm headwear.
Often the sailors return to shore after hours afloat and report that they were too hot as they had to work so hard, but their beaming smiles show how much fun they still had.
Derbyshire Youth Sailing training co-ordinator, volunteer Des Luxton, said: "With many of the sailors eager to get out onto the racing circuit and start competing at events, their calendars and diaries for this year are already full of commitments for the season."
The Derbyshire Youth Sailing Peak Dinghy Spares 2013 Series consists of ten events held at the Derbyshire sailing clubs.
There will also be Derbyshire Youth Sailing teams going to the national events organised by the National Schools' Sailing Association.
This year’s national events include team-racing in Oxford and a week-long national regatta at Bassenthwaite in the Lake District.
Des said: “Some of our sailors will be travelling not only extensively around the UK, but will also be going overseas to represent themselves and as members of Team GB squads, to compete in international regattas."
There are plenty of opportunities for young sailors these days and the sailing clubs in Derbyshire each provide Royal Yachting Association-approved training to teach them how to sail.
To compete in Derbyshire Youth Sailing events, sailors need to have mastered control of their boat, to be able to complete a simple triangular racing course and have access to their own boat, or one leased or borrowed from a club.
Derbyshire Youth Sailing has two lease boats as well, which are very popular.
The events are open to all school-age sailors who are members of a Derbyshire Sailing Club or attend a Derbyshire school. (The youngest competitors have started racing at the age of six and seven).
The volunteers at Derbyshire Youth Sailing events will also provide some guidance before and during the racing for those attending their first few events to help them achieve their best.
If young sailors want to attend the Combs training session, then they should visit the Derbyshire Youth Sailing website at www.dysailing.co.uk to check the details and pre-register.
If they need any information before they attend, or just to find out more, then use the website and the contact details to get in touch.