The on-board coaching program is a new initiative designed to bring together skippers and crew with very experienced coaches. This is a great opportunity to build skills and confidence and is designed for both experienced and novice racers.
The program will be offered on a weekend yet to be determined in 2020, and will link one skilled coach to the skipper and their sailing crew. Four boats participate in the coaching program on that weekend. The program may be run again for additional boats interested to participate.
The focus of the program is to provide skilled race coaching for new or experienced racing skippers and crew. The skills of the skippers and crew could range from novice to advanced and their experience may range from day sailing to offshore racing. We encourage new racers or cruising boats that may be interested in joining the SYC racing program to participate in the coaching program.
- Discussion on board at moorage for about one hour
- Coaching on-board for a two-hour on-the-water session to build and demonstrate racing-related skills
- Coaching on-board for special races
Topics will include
- Boat preparation and management for racing
- Crew planning
- Boat handling
- Reading wind and currents
- Sail trimming for speed
- Driving fast
- Racing decisions
- Skills to aid successful racing
On the first day each coach would spend a one-hour non-sailing session on each boat, followed by two hours on-water coaching on each boat. The coaches will have the opportunity to assess the knowledge level of skipper and crew and to look over the boat and its equipment, providing coaching as they consider appropriate.
On the second day we would stage four short races for all four boats, with the coaches sailing on two of the boats for two races in the morning and the other two boats for two races in the afternoon. We will encourage other SCYC boats to come out for the races too.
Contact for further information – email Fleet_Captain@scyc.ca