If you’re keen to learn how to race and want to progress further the RYA pathway provides a huge wealth of support for young sailors. In Wales the first step is the regional squad for each junior class (Optimist, Topper and so on) which you can apply for each year. This is the first step before moving on to Welsh Zone squads, GBR squads and for some, the Olympic pathway.
Quite a number of our young club members apply and get into squads each year. Being in a squad provides a training programme for sailors over the winter where a qualified RYA Race Coach will teach racing techniques, boat preparation, physical fitness, and much more. In addition to that, when sailors then go to racing events the Coach is there to provide briefings and support on the water which is so valuable to sailors. The squads also provide sailors with new friendships, squad clothing, and a sense of pride.
The Welsh Zone differs from the other Zones in the UK in that it offers a ‘Regional’ squad designed to give that first step up into proper racing. The aim is FUN… Sailors will develop practical sailing skills, self-awarenss, goal setting and racing skills. Applicants will need to have a basic understanding of sailing and be able to sail competently around a conventional course in most conditions. There is a selection policy that outlines more but our advice would be that if in doubt then apply – and please ask at the club if you’d like more information.
2016-17 Welsh Squad Applications are now live on the following page: http://welshsailingevents.org/welsh-squads-application-h…/…/
The Selection Policy is on that page for your reference and there’s plenty more to read up on via our own page where we explain why juniors should apply!
Also please remember Zone Entry is now live and it is an indicator event for all Junior Welsh Squads http://welshsailingevents.org/…/welsh-zone-championships-2…/
If you have any queries/questions about which event to go to, which squad to apply for then please contact Paul Simes, on
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