Junior Sailing Update

03 December, 2015

Hi to all,

Those of you around the club at the weekends will have noticed a ‘highly enthusiastic’ fleet of junior sailors enjoying great sailing conditions on both Saturday and Sundays. The Junior Sailing Committee, supported by the main Committee of KYC, have made a number of inroads into the development of junior sailing at the club and in recent weeks have worked in order to maintain and continue the high number of participants at these weekend events. KYC has an extremely high level of junior sailors at the club, with the club having been represented at a number of National and International events at junior level. What is important is that this drive is maintained and further encouragement given to develop junior sailing at the club. It is the objective of the Junior Sailing Committee to continue to support and encourage beginners while maintain the support for the more advanced sailors.

Areas where the Junior Sailing Committee are trying to advance;

The purchase new boats; KYC has been approved for a grant from the Sport Council and although additional funds must be raised by the club itself, it is proposed that the club will be in a position to purchase six new sailing boats in the new year. This will assist greatly at sailing courses and help kids in the move from the optimist class to toppers and lasers.

Renovation of spare Optimist and Firefly Dinghy’s; You may have seen the e-mail earlier in the month looking for spare parts. The committee are looking at renovating some old optimists and also carrying out some work on the Firefly boats already attached to the club. These boats will be available for introducing kids to the sailing scene.

Enhance participation at the Christmas Regatta; The KYC Christmas Regatta will be held over the weekend of the 5th and 6th of December. The committee is working at increasing the number of junior sailors form KYC and also increased participation from outside clubs.

Encourage participation at the Baltimore ‘Optimist’ Clinic; The Committee are looking to encourage participation at the Baltimore Optimist clinic held for a week in February.

Encourage participation at away Competitions; In order to encourage kids and enhance their sailing experience, the committee has identified a number of sailing events around the country in 2016, which it will try to encourage participation in. The possibility of selecting an event or two, for junior sailors to attend as a group is being considered.

Training parents in Power Boat Skills; The possibility of running a Power Boat Course for parents is being looked into presently. This would allow parents to assist at weekends in support boats and relieve pressure on coaches.

‘Beginner’ Sailing Group; Following on from the success of the summer sailing course, a Beginner’s introduction to sailing was carried on by the club for the months of September, October & into November. It is envisaged that these kids will now purchase their own boats and progress into the main sailing fleet programme. This ‘introduction’ to sailing, will be run again for new kids in 2016 (helped greatly by the new and renovated boats as discussed above).

Rigging; The Committee are looking into providing rigging lessons for kids and also parents new to the scene.

Hot Snacks; Providing hot drinks and soup in the Cadet room after sailing is being looked into.

In order to support the junior fleets, assistance is required and any club members or parent, willing to assist in any way would be greatly welcomed.

Please contact a member of the junior committee if you would like to assist in any way, large or small.

The current members of the Junior Sailing Committee are: John Stallard, Michael O Sullivan, Sean O Sullivan, Caroline Forde, Conor Dillon and Gearoid Fitzgerald.

Looking forward to the end of year events and an action packed sailing year in 2016.

The Junior Sailing Committee.