Registrations are open for a handful of Aon youth clinics which will be delivered by some of New Zealand's top sailing coaches.
An Aon New to Youth Clinic kicks off the new season at the Kohimarama Yacht Club on September 14-15.
The aim of this clinic is to help young sailors who have moved into a youth class within the previous six months and are not already attending the Aon National Youth Clinics.
There will be coaching for those new to youth classes around boat setup, techniques and training methods as well as an opportunity to be assessed to attend national clinics and to learn more about the youth programmes.
These will be run by Yachting New Zealand head youth coach Matt Thomas, Yachting New Zealand women's sailing manager and Laser Radial coach Rosie Chapman, Nacra 17 coach Henry Haslett and new Yachting New Zealand youth coordinator Sam Mackay.
Two Aon Regional Youth Clinics have also been locked in on the weekend of October 19-20 with one at the Naval Point Club Lyttelton and the other jointly run by the Worser Bay Boating Club and Evans Bay Yacht & Motor Boat Club in Wellington.
Thomas and Chapman will be joined by Olympic 470 sailor Paul Snow-Hansen to run the Wellington clinic and Olympic 470 sailor Dan Willcox is likely to oversee the Christchurch clinic.
Anyone interested in registering is encouraged to do that as soon as possible to help with organisation.
The first Aon National Youth Clinic of the season will be at Torbay on September 30 to October 2. Registrations for this will also open soon.
These clinics will again have input from High Performance Sport New Zealand as well as a range of guest coaches and speakers throughout the season. It will be a busy summer in New Zealand with a number of Olympic class world championships here and in Australia.
And Chapman will also be on hand for the Aon Girl's Clinic at Naval Point on October 12-13, which will be sailed in Elliott 6s. Register your interest here.
See here for more information on the youth programme, contact Yachting New Zealand youth coordinator Sam Mackay.