Registrations are open for this season's Aon youth programme, as Yachting New Zealand look forward to another intake of young sailors who dream of international success at youth level and beyond.
The programme has been running for a number of years and the training enables sailors from different clubs and regions an opportunity to:
- Share information on set-up/technique
- Access to world-class knowledge and advice from coaches and support staff
- Build bonds and plans before international events
- Test their skills against their peers and use this domestic training to push each other to become world class
You can find out more information about it here, including details on eligibility and how to register for programmes. Registrations close on Sunday December 6 for the next intake, which runs until the end of October 2021 and each sailor (both crew and helm) wishing to join the programme must register.
A handful young sailors were assessed recently at a New to Youth Classes Clinic for Laser Radial sailors held at the Murrays Bay Sailing Club.
A feature of it was the fact 40 percent of participants were female and there were also attendees from as far away as the Bay of Islands.
"I was really impressed with the next generation coming through," said Yachting New Zealand women's sailing manager Rosie Chapman, who was overseeing the clinic. "We had some great conditions over the two days in terms of both wind and waves.
"We worked on some fundamentals, including boat handling, and it was a great taster for the sailors around how Aon clinics run."
Aon New to Youth Classes Clinics are designed for sailors who have moved into a youth class within the previous six months and are not already attending the Aon National Youth Clinics. It's also an opportunity for young sailors to be assessed for eligibility to attend the Aon National Youth Clinics.
The new season's first Aon National Youth Clinic will be held at Murrays Bay on December 21-23.