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Youth programme

Youth Programme

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

Download the NZL Youth Sailing booklet

It is important you read about the programme before completing any registration process for a clinic. You can also go directly to the information you are looking for by using the quick links listed below:

Aim of the Yachting New Zealand youth programme

The Yachting New Zealand youth programme aims to develop and prepare young sailors who dream of international success at youth level and beyond. The programme aims to achieve the following:

  • Win medals at world championships

  • Inspire and educate sailors towards Olympic campaigns

  • Develop the skill range of all sailors (professionalism, problem solving, resilience, technical, communication etc) to a high level and open up all future opportunities available in the sailing community

Why

  • 64% of our current NZL Sailing Team were previous medallists at either a Youth Sailing World Championships or international class world championships

  • Expose young people to exceptional life memories and experiences across different cultures

  • Sailing is a demanding sport but also immensely rewarding and it helps build resourceful individuals better able to tackle life’s challenges

The programme is 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 

  • Perform at the Youth World Sailing Championships

  • Perform at the class world championships – Laser Radial youth worlds, 420 worlds, RSX youth worlds, 29er worlds and Nacra 15 world championships

Classes

The Yachting New Zealand youth programme focuses on the classes 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

  • Nacra 15 mixed

Age limit

The age limit for sailing youth classes at international level is under 19 as of December 31 in the year of the event. For example, for the 2019 Youth Sailing World Championships the sailors must be under 19 on December 31, 2019, to be eligible.

Updated programme - sponsored by Aon New Zealand

To adapt to the changing environment of youth sailing in New Zealand, there are a number of changes to the youth programme for the 2018/2019 season. The key features of the 2018/2019 programme are:

  • The programme will run from the September 2018 through until September 1, 2019
  • There will be an increased involvement from guest speakers at the clinics

  • No New Zealand class national championships support will be offered when a nationals is a trial event for any class

  • New clinics which have been introduced to the programme;
    • Aon New to Youth Class Clinics
    • Aon Youth Class Worlds Clinics
    • Aon Girls Clinics
  • Existing clinics which will be continued are:
    • Aon Regional Youth Clinics
    • Aon National Youth Clinics
    • NZL Sailing Foundation Youth Team Clinics

Aon New to Youth Classes Clinics

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.

Clinic aims:

  • Explain how the boat works

  • Learn how to set up your boat for a variety of conditions

  • Learn the fundamental techniques that will help you progress your own training

  • Provide an opportunity to be assessed for eligibility to attend the Aon National Youth Clinics

Registration must be completed through the Yachting New Zealand website two weeks before each clinic.

Cost: $100 per sailor

Aon Youth Class Worlds Clinics

These clinics are for sailors who will attend their upcoming class world championships and will be focused on what the teams require to peak at that event.

Cost: Included in Aon National Youth Programme fee

Registration: Included in Aon National Youth Programme

Dates: Check programme calendar for dates and venue or speak with the youth coordinator

Aon Girl's Clinics

These clinics provide a chance for female sailors to meet up with some of our most experienced and successful female Olympic sailors and learn about what it took for them to be successful on the world stage. The weekend will provide a great opportunity to build a sense of community, interact across all the classes and share the experience of being women in sport.

Classes: Starling, Radial, 29er, RS:X 8.5, 420 and  Nacra 15 sailors

  • Existing clinics which will be continued are:

Aon Regional Youth Clinics

These replace Aon Talent ID Clinics and are tailored to support clubs, coaches and sailors as they build their skills locally and, where possible, with more than one class at each clinic.

Clubs and class associations must apply to hold Aon Regional Youth Clinics. Applications must be sent to the youth coordinator by October 8 for the 2018/2019 season.

The requirements needed for a club to apply are:

  • A minimum of three youth teams per class who train regularly

  • Sailors are training with the future aim of attending Aon National Youth Clinics, class nationals and Yachting New Zealand youth trials

  • The regular club coach is available to attend every clinic

  • The club can provide a RIB and cover cost of fuel for coaches

  • Provide a billet for the Yachting New Zealand coach

Aon National Youth Clinics

Aon National Youth Clinics are focused on supporting the best young New Zealand sailors capable of competing for medals at international events and world championships.

This training enables sailors from different clubs and regions an opportunity to:

  • Share information on setup/technique

  • Access knowledge and advice from coaches and support staff

  • Build bonds (sailors, parents and coaches) and plans before international events

  • Test their skills against their peers

  • Push each other hard

For information on the the Aon National Youth Clinics, including eligibility, click here.

NZL Sailing Foundation Youth Team Clinics

Clinics are held for NZL Sailing Foundation Youth Team sailors and are an important part in the fine-tuning process of sailors who will compete at the Youth Sailing World Championships. Additional sailors or teams may be invited on a class-by-class basis, depending on the individual requirements of each of the youth teams.

Clubs and sailors who would like more information on the changes to the programme should should contact the youth coordinator, Stu Thomas

The calendar

These calendars are an outline of the training clinics and key regattas for the youth classes for the upcoming season.

Youth classes are those classes that are sailed at the Youth Sailing World Championships (29er, Int 420, RS:X 8.5, Nacra 15 and Laser Radial).

Click here to view the Youth programme calendar

If you have any further questions after reading the calendars and youth development page, please email them to Stuart Thomas.

Register for a clinic

Click here to register for a clinic.

Youth team selection and trials

The Yachting New Zealand selection regulations for the NZL Sailing Foundation Youth Team to attend the Youth Sailing World Championships is reviewed annually.

The regulation sets out the criteria and procedure for selecting sailors to be part of the NZL Sailing Foundation Youth Team and will be publicly notified through the Briefings newsletter when published. The 2019 NZL Sailing Foundation selection regulation can be found on the Information for sailors page.

For further information contact the Youth Coordinator.

Youth Olympic Games

The Youth Olympic Games are held every four years. It was most recently held in Buenos Aires, Argentina, from October 1-12, 2018.

The event is for sailors aged 14-18. 

Click here for more information.

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