NeilPryde National Youth Development Squad south session 2 at Warsash SC

The national youth development squad, south zone had their second training weekend at Warsash sailing club on the of 3-4 November. The focus of the weekend was boat speed.

We arrived to about 20 knots and after a quick briefing we headed out to do a windward leeward course to get comfortable with the conditions. When everyone was happy we did follow my leader into upwind and did tacking on the whistle so that we could compare speed and find out who was going fastest.

NeilPryde National Youth Development Squad north session 1 at Hollingworth Lake SC

Squad of Mirror dinghies plus coach boat on a lake in a light wind

Saturday

The weekend of the 10th & 11th of November saw the first of the Mirror National Youth Development Squad sessions in the North.  It was held at Hollingworth Lake Sailing Club, the home club of Stuart Bithell, who started sailing mirrors at Hollingwoth Lake and ended up at the Olympics.

With this in mind we started our first days training. The pre-briefing bacon butties were great and much appreciated, as most of the squad had already been travelling and rigging boats for quite a few hours.

NeilPryde National Youth Development Squad south session 1 at Itchenor SC

Five Mirror dinghies sailing to windward in a breeze

The weekend of 20th/21st October saw the first of the Mirror National Youth Development Squad sessions.  It was held at Itchenor Sailing Club, the squad has 9 boys and 9 girls.  There were 9 boats sailing, 3 all girl, 3 all boy and 3 mixed! 

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