Yawl Training Wekend

Posted on 14/03/2018 by andrewstirling

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Yawl Training Weekend  27/28/29 April ’18

The race training weekend will again run on 27/28/29 April  and will be a good start for your racing season.

Richard Whitworth has agreed to be our coach again, but we have fresh ideas and ace helm Will Henderson has kindly offered to front the Sunday morning session on the racing rules for tricky situations we often face in the estuary. 

The itinerary will, as before, run from Friday evening to Sunday lunchtime and include the first Yawl Mini Series race on Saturday afternoon and a group supper on Saturday night.  High water on Saturday will be 18.15 BST 4.3m. 

The theme of Richards teaching this year will be how to best control your rig as the point of sailing and wind strength varies. We have  as an introduction, a very straight forward and well-illustrated video by the renowned national sailor Mike McNamara, and Richard will be refining this to what we face in the Yawls.  The video, shows very clearly the big changes that the sail controls make to the sail shape, and their impact on boat speed and pointing, both aspects being the hallmark of top sailors.

The weekend’s schedule is ……

Friday 20.00 to 22.00….SYC chartroom   Mike Mc’s video and Richard’s own views on how to get the best from your Yawl. If you have a  particular issue you want to air with Richard, do please let me know beforehand.

Saturday 10.00 -12.00.  On-the-water instruction from Richard. In particular he will be watching the setup of your rig, both good and bad and of course giving us his usual tips on how to better handle our Yawls! 

Saturday Club Race  14.00….Race 1 of the Yawl’s “Mini Series 2018″

Saturday 19.00….. Group supper ….Details TBC 

Saturday 20.00 to 22.00….SYC Chartroom   Video debrief of the day’s sailing by Richard who will concentrate on what he noticed with the sails and mast setups.

Sunday 10.30 to 12.30 ….SYC chartroom. Top helm Will Henderson has been racing Yawls in the Estuary for many years and is very well placed to lead this session on the racing rules for tricky racing situations we face in the estuary.  When our sea room gets restricted by shorelines, moored boats, course marks and nearby Yawls, race placings often change significantly. Handling those situations correctly is a great opportunity to get to the front of the fleet. 

Do please come along if you can. Its free and there is most of the year’s Yawl calendar in which to work on all the tips.  If you can’t spare the time to do it all then come along to parts. However Saturday morning on-the-water instruction is limited in numbers so do let me know

Please email me in good time to reserve a place on training and also to book meals at  john@thesmithers.com

John Smithers Y19