Paremata Boating Club offers coaching for a range of classes and levels of development. The Club’s primary focus is on junior development but we hope to incorporate limited adult instruction into our Learn-to-Sail program. For more information check out PBC Junior Sailing Programme 2017-18
The Club’s history and past success has been largely based on competitive sailing and this will remain a core focus. However, there are people who love getting out and enjoying sailing but don’t get such a rush out of jockeying for position at the start line, beating hard to the top mark and defending their position on the downwind legs. So for the first time in the 2014-15 season we have introduced Adventure Sailing.
Coaching for competitive sailors will be stepped up this season. In the past the Club has held Learn to Race sessions for our junior sailors on Tuesday evenings during daylight saving and this continues. However, Tuesday sessions are reserved for Race Squad Training.
The Race Squad comprises junior sailors who are strongly committed to the sport and keen to improve their skills in an accelerated learning program. They are expected to compete in most of the local Wellington regattas as well as targeted away regattas that have been identified by the Sailing Academy Manager, with input from the Optimist and Starling Coaches.
Race Squad members (and their parents) commit to spending additional time on their sailing participating in both sailing and non-sailing activities. Non-sailing activities include physical training, technical theory, racing strategy and other off the water sessions. Some involve additional cost as do away regattas. Fund-raising and grants may help with these costs but sailors should be prepared to cover them personally.
At major away regattas our sailors are up against stiff competition, some of whom sail as often as 4-5 times per week. As there’s no substitute for time on the water a second mid-week evening Race Squad Training session is held on Fridays, again during daylight saving. All Race Squad Training sessions are followed by a debrief and some social time in the clubhouse.
Race Squad Training begins on Tuesday 14th October and continues until the end of daylight saving but will not be held during school holidays. Sessions will run from 5pm to 7pm and will commence with a briefing. Sailors should ensure they’re at the club no later than 4:30pm in order to rig up and prepare to go out on the water prior to the briefing. As in the past, we’ll bring in expert coaches for some of these sessions.
Adventure Sailing is focused on fun and enjoyment of the sport of sailing. The Adventure Sailing Coordinator ensures the program is packed with fresh ideas and fun activities. Adventure sailors participate in normal club sailing on Sunday mornings. Instead of formal racing they have an alternative sailing based activity that may or may not involve some form of racing but is definitely fun J
There is no formal coaching for this stream. However, Adventure sailors are encouraged to join the Friday Fun evening sessions to get more time (fun!) on the water. Friday Fun is run at the same time as Race Squad Training, from 5pm to 7pm, on Friday evenings commencing 17th October. Sailors should ensure they’re at the club no later than 4:30pm in order to rig up and prepare to go out on the water by 5pm. After sailing there is some social time in the clubhouse on Friday nights.
Adventure sailors may be invited to participate in Race Squad drills and training from time to time, if they wish, and to get advice and tips from Club coaches. They may also ask to move into the Race Squad at any time during the season. However, to avoid undue disruption to the Race Squad they may do this only once per season. Sailing Academy coaches have discretion with regard to these requests.
Learn to Sail graduates become part of the Optimist Rainbow fleet within the Adventure Sailing stream. During Friday Fun evenings and Sunday morning sessions the Learn to Sail coaches continue to support them and ensure they are learning and developing good sailing skills. Friday Fun sessions incorporate the Learn to Race program to build technique and racing skills that are necessary for Rainbow sailors to move into the Race Squad should they have the ability and interest to do so.
Two Junior Learn to Sail courses are to be held during the season. These are targeted at children from 9-10 years up, with or without previous sailing experience. Please refer to the “Learning to Sail” section for more detail and course dates.
We also offer an adult Learn to Sail program. This covers YNZ level 1 and is done using using our 2 person club Topaz yachts.
This provides 8 hours of coaching which is done on a one on one basis with a YNZ qualified coach. The course costs $400.
Scheduling of lessons is arranged to suit the adult student and coach (So the course can be completed in 4 2 hour lessons or 2 4 hour lessons (or any other arrangement) depending on what suits both parties).
The objective of this course, is to get the student sailor sailing at a level to allow them to take part in club sailing (weather permitting) to continue to build up experience and skills. They may also continue coaching and undertake a YNZ level 2 course with us, on the same terms as above.
Paremata Boating Club Sailing Academy gratefully
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