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Progression to RYA Junior and Youth Squads

Once young members (18 years and under) are able to complete a triangular course and are increasing in confidence (after about 6 weeks sailing at Tresaith),  they are encouraged to start competing at the local RYA Club Youth Race Circuit (CYRCs). These are local events held at a selection of clubs across West Wales, often with training days beforehand, and are a good way for youngsters to start competing against other youngsters with support both on and off the water from experienced coaches.

Club boats (Fevas, Toppers and Lasers) may be borrowed for use by members at these events, however you will need to be able to get your sailor and the boat to the event (we are hoping to purchase a triple stacking trailer for the RS Fevas so that one parent could tow all three boats). Toppers can be transported on a roof rack.

The dates and booking information for this year are available at https://welshsailingevents.org/welsh-sailing-events-home/cyrcs-2/west-cyrc-dates/

These is also the popular OnBoard regatta at Llangorse in September, which has both a main fleet (for more experienced sailors) and a regatta fleet for novice sailors.

The CYRCs are also the stepping stone to the RYA Welsh Zones championship in September (also with a main fleet and a regatta fleet) and a potential place in a Welsh training squad. This year one of our junior members, Cadan, has successfully gained a place in the South and West Wales Regional Topper squad for 2018 and will be receiving a package of support from the RYA including regular weekend squad training sessions and support at national Topper competitions.

Two of our youth members, Freya and Tiegan, have recently moved up to the International 420 dinghy and are documenting their season’s training and competitions in their blog, with a hope of applying for the Welsh Youth 420 squad this autumn. Their blog can be found at http://pipsqueak.me.uk