Fantastic result for our juniors and a fabulous reflection on what we offer here at Llangorse!
This season looks like it’s Llangorse Sailing Club’s best ever level of squad acceptances for our juniors – 17!!! – another step up from previous seasons – demonstrating that hard work, determination and participation in all levels of racing and coaching pays off!
There won’t be many clubs in Wales getting close to delivering more into the pipeline than us… As a % or proportion of our membership, we’re on our own.
Fabulous stuff kids! Hope you’ve all enjoyed your winter training and looking forward to your next training dates and a full season of racing ahead!
What does it mean to be in a RYA Squad?
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.
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.
Here’s the roll call for 2016/17:
Ben Willett – GBR Junior Topper & Welsh National Topper
Ollie Vowles – GBR Intermediate Junior Topper & Welsh National Topper
Aled Llewelyn Jones – GBR Intermediate Junior Topper and Welsh National Topper
Miles Everett – Welsh National Topper
Luc James – Welsh National Topper
Iwan Roberts – Welsh National Topper
Maddie Vowles – South & West Regional Topper
Thomas Willett – South & West Regional Topper
Oliver Smoult – South & West Regional Topper
Ceri Roberts – South & West Regional Topper
Huw Famer – Welsh National Optimist
Béa Sparks – South & West Regional Optimist
Tomos James – South & West Regional Optimist
Duncan Lloyd Evans – Welsh Laser Transitional Squad
Theo Phillips – Welsh Laser Performance Squad
Aimee Stephenson – ITCA Topper Youth Squad
Georgia Phillips – ITCA Topper Youth Squad