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Junior Sailing Update

22 February, 2018

Junior Sailing

Optimists Conor Dillon and Gearoid Fitzgerald will continue to support the KYC fleet. Coaching will commence on a phased basis commencing towards the end of March. Conor will communicate details once the plan is finalised. If your son/daughter plans to optimist sail this year, please email Conor with your contact details if he does not already have them.

Kinsale Yacht Club is hosting the Optimist National Championships this coming August (15th to 18th). We are looking for club members to help us with this event, both ashore and afloat. If you think that you can help, please contact John Stallard.

Toppers & Lasers. The topper fleet has now grown to 15 boats (this includes the 6 club owned Sports Council part funded boats) There are 20 junior sailors entered for the KYC Frostbite series.

Club coaching will commence for toppers and Lasers on Saturday afternoons once the Frostbite series is complete

James Matthews is now the Class Captain for the Topper fleet, Harry Lewis will be assisting him. John Stallard will manage leasing of club boats.

Junior Sailing Course 2018 Hiring of Instructors has commenced. Any club member wishing to work on the course should send their application to John Stallard before 28th February.

Based on statutory changes and our aspiration to improve the standard of the sailing course delivery we will not employ helpers this year. We will instead train those who wish to work as helpers to the role of assistant instructor. To qualify to participate on this course you must be 16 years old on 1st July 2018 and have a good standard of sailing.

The sailing course will run from 2nd July for six weeks in the same format as the past two years. Full details of the course will be post on the KYC website next week.

We plan to pilot an adventure module for older more experienced junior sailors this summer. Numbers on this module will be strictly limited. If the module is oversubscribed, we prioritise places based on age and sailing experience. Kirsti O’Flynn will lead the Sailing course this year and will be supported by Scott O’Sullivan as SI.

John Stallard Junior Organiser