Introducing… the National Development Squad!
The National Development Squad is aimed at those sailors who are looking for a little more stretch than their regular weekend training at their club but aren’t yet ready for the UK Junior Squad or National Squad. They can confidently get their Cadet around the racecourse but are looking for some guidance to become complete sailors – perhaps refine that spinnaker work or understand the intricacies of starts.
There will be four structured training sessions covering different areas of racing, from starting to different points of sail to boat handling to tactics and everything in between. Classroom lessons will introduce concepts that are then reinforced through on-the-water drills with video recording and feedback sessions after sailing. Sailors can seek personal feedback and development based on their skills and needs.
The Lead Coach for the National Development Squad will be Alex Page, a former Cadet sailor. Alex won youngest sailor at the Inland Championships not once but three times, starting when he was just 6! He has been on podiums up and down the country, has been Inland Champion, u15 Champion at the Nationals, won a place in the World Team in 2014 and went on to race in the 420 class. He is a great coach and works well with young sailors and can’t wait to pass on his expertise to the next generation. Alex will have an assistant coach to help him out.
26th and 27th October 2019 – Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy
30th Nov and 1st Dec 2019 – Waldringfield Sailing Club
7th and 8th December 2019 – Chipstead Sailing Club, Kent
18th and 19th January 2020 – Itchenor Sailing Club, West Sussex
28th and 29th March 2020 – Bristol Corinthian Yacht Club
Some of these sessions are shared with UKJS and/or National Squad, and there will be plenty of opportunity to get to know other parents and sailors in the fleet in the dinghy park, in the clubhouse or over a drink in the evening.
NDS sessions are open for all. Book as many sessions as you can through the website – www.cadetclass.org.uk – and we’ll see you there!