National Youth Development Squad 2014 - 2015

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The National Youth Development Squad (NYDS) was first formed winter 2012-2013 replacing the RYA Zone Squads of the past, but doing more besides. Following the success of last winter, it will run again during the winter 2014-2015.

This is one NATIONAL squad of 24 boats but split into a north and a south group of 12 boats each for 4 out of the 6 training weekends. The two combined weekends will be at central locations.

  • Available to all Mirror sailors male or female who are aged 8 to 18.
  • More places than in the RYA Zone Squads, so more young sailors can benefit from top level coaching (maximum 12 boats from the South region and 12 from the North region).
  • In-depth training programme designed by top level RYA coaches.
  • Great evening social programme for juniors and adults alike.
  • Possibly the best squad jackets and kit ever.
  • If you would like to go faster, make loads of friends and have a great winter come and join us.

All potential North squad sailors need to attend

  • The Navigators & General Nationwide Series 4 and Inland Championships at Beaver on 20th & 21st September
  • The Navigators & General Nationwide Series 5 at Northampton on the 11th & 12th October.

Qualifiing events for the South squad are yet to be finalised, but the  RYA Zone Championships, at the Weymouth & Portland National Sailing Acadamy on 27th & 28th September 2014. is almost bound to be one. For further information see our event list or contact the Mirror National Training Coordinator Dave Woodhead.

The National Youth Development Squad is a first step on the RYA pathway which leads from club sailing to the Olympic Sailing team. Normally sailors would spend one or two winters in the NYDS before progressing to the RYA Mirror National Junior Squad or for older children progress directly into RYA Youth Squads in 420, 29er or Laser Radials. Advice will be given about how this could be achieved.To get involved in the National Youth Development Squad you need to:·

  • Team up with a helm or crew and get some time on the water before attending selection events. Make sure you both meet the age critera. There is a bit of wiggle room if you have, for example, a very young crew. Too old is no good - you can't sail in the NYDS with your mum or dad!
  • Have suitable gear for training in winter. ( It’s as warm as sailing in summer as long as you have the right gear)·
  • You need to be a competent club racer, ready to learn and take a big step up in performance.
  • State your preference for either the north or south half of the squad. Not sure? Then talk to Dave Woodhead about which one to go for.
  • Make sure you are both members of the UK Mirror Class Association, see details on our membership page.
  • Enter online qualifiers for either the North or for the South (see above).

The National Youth Development Squad Selection Policy was published in April 2013 and updated in June 2013.

PLEASE NOTE· Application for the RYA National Junior Squad and the National Youth Development Squad will be done through the same form through the RYA web site later this year. However can you please register your interest by emailing Dave Woodhead on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.   We can then email you when the applications are open and with other news about the Squad as plans develop this year. ( Venues, clothing , etc) This will not commit you to anything but will keep you informed.

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