The Optimist SA Squad recently held a 2 week high performance camp in Richards Bay with top international coach, Miguel Andrade from Viana Sailing in Portugal.
Miguel was a hit with the kids and parents, great progress was made by all. His attention to detail and the ‘little things’ was amazing. The camp focused on rigging and boat set up, upwind speed (incl tacking), downwind speed (incl gybing), mark roundings, starts, strategy, tactics and a brief session on team racing.
The overall theme across all disciplines was to minimize use of the rudder and control the boat with active mainsheet trim and co-ordinated body movements. A great deal of time was spent on video analysis to help the sailors to get into the best positions for the different points of sail and maneuvers. Other important takeaways included ‘no flapping’ the sail, adjustment of the sprit on the fly and sail and bail techniques.
Miguel placed a strong emphasis on fitness. Each day ended with a challenging fitness routine and his parting comment to the sailors on the last day was to work on their fitness.
There was a visible improvement in the kids sailing during the week and Miguel stressed that although we come from a small country sailing wise, our kids are no different to the best optimist sailors in the world. The difference is the work that is put in. To be the best there needs to be many hours of drilling and perfecting techniques, sacrificing other activities and learning to eliminate mistakes on the race course. The best sailors always start in the front row, they never luff / flap the sail, they don’t hit the lay lines too early and the adjust their sail set up at the windward and leeward marks.
The sailors are looking forward to testing their skills in the European Champs in June and African Champs in August. Thanks to Miguel Andrade, Zululand Yacht Club, Jeanne Stanley and Jeremy McLaughlin for making the camp happen.
There are a few things we need to cover as we draw closer to the start of the 2018 Youth Nationals.
Please diarise the AGM on Sunday evening in the SYC club house.
I’ve attached the entertainment schedule for the week and you will see it is jam packed.There will be a class prize giving and Lucky draw everyday before the entertainment. There are also fantastic prizes for the fancy dress disco and minute to win it.
Bring some water from your club for the mixing of the waters at the opening ceremony and wear your club team shirts if you have. The Evening meal for the Opening function is sponsored so the parents need to book their meal for this occasion.
Measurement: There will class measurement and weighing for the boats at registration attached is the measurement form for you to check your boat and sail before coming to the measurement.
What you need for registration is:
Class membership POP or card
Current SAS card
Current Club Card
Entry proof of payment.
We are trying to avoid handling cash on the day so please do transfers before getting to registration. So you can email these before for me to put on file.
Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any questions.
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