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2021 Plans

2021 Objectives For Youth, Junior & Pre-Sailing at Ripon SC

This will be my 5th year as Y&J sailing secretary and when I took on the role I wrote a 5 year plan to outline what I wanted to see happen at RSC regarding Youth, Junior & Pre-Sailor sailing. We are well on the way to delivering this and I'd like to thank those of you who boarded the ship with me at the start as well as those who have joined the voyage since.

My 5YP defined the club's ethos towards our young sailors and also outlined some key objectives.

RSC Youth, Junior & Pre-Sailor (YJP) Ethos

  • To foster a life-long love of sailing and to promote the social and physical benefits of sailing in all our YJP and their families.
  • To develop YJP sailing skills to the best of their ability and ambition, by supporting RYA pathway sailing development &/or club sailing.
  • To encourage every YJP to "be the best they can be" and support every YJP to the utmost at whatever stage of their sailing career and personal development journey they happen to be at.
  • To celebrate the YJP as individuals, as well as a member of RSC, and to provide opportunities for them to grow into responsible, considerate adults with a strong sense of self-belief and fair play who will actively contribute to society in the future.

Underpinning this ethos are some fundamental objectives;

  • RSC is known for the integrated YJP sailing and social scene that celebrates all participation and sailing opportunities, across the full range of boating activities available to members at the club and in the wider boating arena.
  • RSC is known nationally for its large number of YJP sailors, participating regularly at competitive events both at the club and on the open meeting circuit where they perform to the best of their ability with high levels of sportsmanship and a sense of fair play as well as strong seamanship skills.
  • RSC is known for the structured development system in place which allows all YJP to progress at their own speed, supports the RYA Pathway and provides fun, exciting sailing opportunities for all YJP.
  • RSC is known for the contribution the YJP make to the fabric of club life and the sport of sailing in general, be it via contributing at work parties, helping on sailing courses or participating at regular Sunday racing, or acting as ambassadors for the sport at home and school and in the general public forum. YJP members are an intrinsic and fully integrated part of club activities.

As 2020 was such a challenging year, the 2021 plan is to consolidate the efforts & systems we have already put in place, as well as providing further challenge and opportunity, these include;

Pre-Sailor Activities are for our younger members who are not yet old enough to start to learn to sail via the RYA Training courses. These sessions will operate as frequently as possible once the weather if warmer and will be a combination of ad-hoc events (usually on Sundays) and pre-advertised events designed to encourage our younger sailors onto the water in a supportive, fun environment whilst teaching basic water safety and helping them to participate in club life.

Improvers will operate on Saturday afternoons and is open to all members who have RYA Level / Stage 1 or equivalent skills. Focus will continue to be supervised, fun time on the water with high quality instruction to help develop skills to promote independent sailing.

Kickstarter will operate on a similar format to 2019/2020 with informal, supported racing in parallel with club racing. This is open to all members who have attended at least 6 sessions of Improvers and have RYA Level 2 / Stage 3 or equivalent skills. The club race coach team and experienced racing members will support this activity as per 2019/2020.

Social Sailing will continue. Friday Night and August Saturdays will have safety cover and be about having fun together, particularly during school holidays. Other sessions will be planned in around the club calendar when possible.

Race Training/Coaching will be provided regularly for our more competent and experienced sailors and will comprise formal coaching sessions run by the club's race coach team.

Competitive Club Sailing will continue to be promoted and less experienced members encouraged to participate. The Wednesday afternoon Wagaler series & Wednesday evening racing will also be promoted regularly to YJP, particularly during school holidays.

Double-Handed Sailing will be promoted and young sailors will be encourage to form partnerships to try out double-handed boats, including spinnaker boats. Any young sailor who would like to form a double-handed partnership, either permanently or for a specific event is encouraged and is asked to contact the youth & junior sailing secretary for help in finding a sailing partner if they need to.

Competitive External Event Sailing will be promoted and supported and less experienced members encouraged to participate in the Regional Youth Traveller Series and other local open meeting events with support from regular #teamripon sailors and their families. Attendance at bigger events will be encouraged. #teamripon will continue to attend the large regional events celebrating YJP sailing, such as the Regional Champs and The Big One.

#teamripon attendance at Team Racing competitions - either the National School Sailing Association's (NSSA) Topper Single Handed event on 23/24 October 2021 or the Eric Twiname Double Handed Event (date tbc) will be considered. Details to follow.

2021 Squad Participation & 2022 Applications for the regional squads will be encouraged. Qualification events will be made known to those sailors who are at the stage where they may wish to consider squad sailing but may not necessarily hear about the opportunities, particularly those from new-to-sailing families.

Increased Contribution by encouraging all our YJP to give back to the club and to help our older Y&J get more involved in the club through volunteering and supporting our activities. For example, DofE volunteering opportunities, specific work party jobs and more Y&J helping to run the racing programme.

Go Sailing For The Joy Of It will continue to be the key message. Sailing is a family leisure activity and it is important we all enjoy it.

Last updated 11:21 on 31 August 2021

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