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Youth Programme

Yachting New Zealand and Aon support the ongoing growth and development of youth sailors on the path to fulfilling their potential. 

It is important you read about the programme before completing the registration process, however you can go directly to the information you are looking for by using the quicklinks listed below;

Aim of the YNZ Youth Programme

Key Targets of the Programme for 2016/2017

Classes

Age Limit

Programme- sponsored by Aon New Zealand

The Calendar

Eligibility

The Clinics - Start time, what to bring

Registration

Aim of the YNZ Youth Programme

The YNZ Youth Programme aims to develop and prepare young sailors who dream of international success at youth level and beyond.

The programme is run based around three key fundamental philosophies;

  • Have fun working hard
  • Do every little bit in every little moment of every single day to be the best you can
  • Constantly seek to be better

Key Targets of the Programme for 2016/2017

  • Perform at the 2016 and 2017 World Sailing Youth World Sailing Championships
  • Perform at the class world championships – Laser Radial Youth Worlds, 420 Worlds, RSX Youth Worlds, 29er Worlds

Classes

The YNZ Youth Programme focuses on the classes that are sailed at the Youth Sailing World Championships. These classes are;

  • International 420 men and women
  • 29er men and women
  • RSX 8.5 (60cm fin) men and women
  • Laser Radial men and women

Age Limit

The age limit for sailing youth classes at international level is under 19 as of the 31st of December in the year of the event. For example, for the 2017 Youth Sailing World Championships the sailors must be under the age of 19 on the 31st of December 2017 to be eligible.

New Programme- sponsored by Aon New Zealand

To adapt to the change in date of the 2017 Youth Sailing World Championships which are now 9th-16th December 2017 in Sanya we have made some changes to how the programme will run.

  • The 2016/2017 programme will run from the 2016 Murrays Bay Winterchamps through until the 2017 MBSC Winterchamps.
  • The selection process and timing for the Youth Sailing World Championship Team, the ‘NZL Sailing Foundation Youth Team’ is different. The 2017 team will be selected after the 2017 Yachting New Zealand Youth Trials.
  • The Aon National Youth Clinics we run throughout the year will now all be considered as part of one season-long programme rather than individual camps.
  • The programme includes YNZ providing a coach at the class Youth Worlds (listed above).
  • Aon Talent ID clinics will be run in regions where hubs of classess are working together towards goals that are in line with the Yachting New Zealand Youth Programme. Clubs and sailors who would like more information on these clinics should contact the Youth Coordinator 

The Calendar

The calendar is an indication of what we intend to do. There are still some opportunities for us to take advantage of, and these will be notified and indicated on the calendar as various regatta dates are posted.

Eligibility

Before entering the programme, sailors need to be signed off as having a basic competancy. Yachting New Zealand coaches will asses sailors at regional and national regattas to ensure they are at a sufficient level to take part in the training safely and at the desired level of the clinics. Contact the Youth Coordinator to find out what regattas the coaches will be at.

It is expected that sailors will train consistently in between Aon National Youth Clinics and regattas etc.

We understand that sailors may not be able to attend all clinics due to exams and other time constraints and we are comfortable with this as long as there is an overall commitment to the season programme.

The Clinics

Sailors will need to be rigged and ready by 10am at the venue and pack fitness clothing and appropriate shoes.

Registration

For 2016 on, registration will be for the whole season programme, this includes all the Aon National Youth Clinics on the calendar plus 1 coach per Class Youth Worlds (listed above) to provide coach support at the worlds.

*The registration for the Aon National Youth Clinics is separate to the support provided for the ISAF Youth Worlds Team, the NZL Sailing Foundation Youth Team.

The registration fee for the whole season will be $300 per sailor.

Each sailor will receive an Aon National Youth Clinic bib to identify the sailors at clinics and regattas to the coaches upon registration, acceptance to the programme and payment.

There will be no individual clinic registration. If you would like to find out more information about how the clinics run, contact the Youth Coordinator.

How to Register

Complete the Online Registration Form, wait for confirmation you have been accepted to the programme and then go to the online shop and select the Aon National Youth Clinic 201-17 item to finalise the payment.