Youth Development

Youth Development

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Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club

Intermediate & Youth Development Training Information

Welcome to the Youth Development Keelboat Program

Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club’s Youth Development Program was pioneered in 1995 to help develop and enhance young athlete’s sailing skills, as well as providing a pathway for youth sailors between 13-25 years old in Club, National and International events. The club’s commitment to youth sail training has seen graduates go onto sail on the World Match Racing Tour, Olympic Games, Volvo Ocean Race, America’s Cup, Rolex Sydney to Hobart as well as various professional sailing circuits.

In 2014, RPAYC continued this commitment to youth sailing by commissioning and launching a new fleet of keelboats, the Elliott 7 one design boats.

2020 Training Course Information

Intermediate Youth Development

The Intermediate Youth Development Squad Program involves both on & off water training and regatta experience. The program focuses on building core team work dynamics and sail trim techniques. Athletes will focus on refining their skillsets in the following areas: 

  • Understand and developing keelboat boat handling skills including the dynamics of both asymmetrical and symmetrical spinnakers.
  • Developing a deeper understanding and knowledge base of the Racing Rules of Sailing.
  • Implementing changes from dinghy fleet racing tactics to keelboat racing.
  • Execution of better teamwork dynamics.
  • Brief introduction into match racing.
  • Gain regatta experience at the One-Design Regattas & Interclub events.

The IYD program runs over five training days and selective regatta competition and is open to members & non-members with participants selected by RPAYC’s coaching Team.

Youth Development

The Youth Development Fleet & Match Racing Squad Program involces both on and off water training, including club & regatta competition. The program focuses on improving existing sailing skills in fleet racing one design disciplines and introduction to Match Racing development. Focusing on building core team work dynamics and advanced sail trim techniques. Athletes will focus and refine their skillsets in the following areas:

  • Developing advanced keelboat boat handling skills including the dynamics of both asymmetrical and symmetrical spinnakers.
  • Adavnced sail trim. 
  • Understanding and putting into play the Racing Rules of Sailing and Match Racing tactics.
  • Physical fitness through weekly gym sessions and nutritional goals.
  • Creating a knowledge base for youth sailors in boat ownership and maintenance.
  • Gym Fitness and nutritional goals.
  • Campaign planning. 
  • Competition in the Clubs One Design & Sports Boat Regatta’s.
  • Competition in the Clubs winter Centreboard racing program.
  • Involvement in all club activities ranging from Race Management, Volunteer Coaching and crewing on members keelboats.
  • Competition in home and away selection regatta’s.

The Youth Development Program runs from June through to October and is open to members & non-members (difference is Youth Membership) with participants selected by RPAYC’s coaching Team.

Course Outline Details(Intermediate Youth Development)

The Program:

The Intermediate Youth Development Program consists of 14 sessions involving both on & off water training and regatta experience. The program focuses on building core team work dynamics and advanced sail trim techniques. Athletes will focus on refining their skillsets in the following areas:

  • Understand and developing advanced keelboat boat handling skills including the dynamics of both asymmetrical and symmetrical spinnakers
  • Developing a deeper understanding and knowledge base of the Racing Rules of Sailing
  • Implementing changes from dinghy fleet racing tactics to keelboat racing
  • Execution of better teamwork dynamics
  • Brief introduction into match racing
  • Gain regatta experience at the One-Design & Interclub events
  • Gain experience of sailing keelboats via crewing on members boats in club racing

Dates:

  • 3-4 October                          David Lukins Memorial Match Racing Regatta (RPAYC) 

Training:

The program will be run over 5 training days from 0900 to 1600. Each day will comprise of up to 3 theory sessions and 2 on water sessions.

Regattas:

Six fleet racing regattas are scheduled over the duration of the program, with regattas staged at the Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club, Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron, Cruising Yacht Club of Australia and Newcastle Cruising Yacht Club. A carpool service will be organized for an away event. Due to there being only two teams allocated for each club at the interclub regatta, this will mean only 10 of the IYD squad will be able to sail on the day. Each participant will do at least 1 interclub regatta.

For the RPAYC’s one design & sports boat regatta, the entire squad will compete in these events. One team will be selected within the squad to sail in the David Lukins Match Racing Regatta.

Application:

Applications for 2020 are now open. Interested applicants are asked to complete the following online expression of interest form.

Where to next:

Sailors who demonstrate a high level of keelboat skills may be invited to join the Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club’s Youth Development program for the remaining 2020 season and 2021 season.

Course Outline Details(Youth Development)

The Program:

The Youth Development Program consists of on & off water training and regatta experience. The program focuses on building core team work dynamics and advanced sail trim techniques. Athletes will focus on refining their skillsets in the following areas:

  • Understand and developing advanced keelboat boat handling skills including the dynamics of both asymmetrical and symmetrical spinnakers
  • Developing a deeper understanding and knowledge base of the Racing Rules of Sailing & Match Racing Rules
  • Development & Execution of teamwork dynamics
  • Match Racing techniques 
  • Gain regatta experience at the One-Design & Interclub events both Fleet racing and Match racing
  • Gain experience of sailing keelboats via crewing on members boats in club racing & regattas

Dates:

  • 3 July – January 2021           Gym & Training sessions
  • 13-14 July                          “Mick Hole” One-Design & Sports Boat Winter Regatta

  • 3-4 Ocotber                        David Lukins Memorial Match Racing Regatta

    Regatta’s

  • Harken Int. Youth Match Racing Regatta (qualification), RPAYC

  • Gingernut Cup, RPAYC
  • Australian Womens Match Racing Regatta (qualification), RPAYC
  • NSW Match Racing Championship (qualification), CYCA
  • Hardy Cup (qualification), RSYS
  • Australian Youth Match Racing Championship (qualification), CYCA
  • Harken Int Youth Match Racing Championship (qualification), RNZYS
  • Centreport Int Youth Match Racing Championship (qualification), RPNYC

 Application:

Applications for 2020-21 are now open. Interested applicants are asked to complete the following expression of interest form 

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