Please select your home edition
Edition
Sail Excchange 728x90 Used

Finglas RQYS Resident Coach

by Ian Grant on 26 Feb 2013
Adrian Finglas Ian Grant
Internationally qualified yachting coach Adrian Finglas has been appointed to the important role of managing a revolutionary youth training program at Brisbane’s Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron.

His personal career embraces numerous stories of success as an individual sailor and a specialised coach which all started when he first learned to master the sport on the confined waters on Sandgate’s Cabbage Tree creek before winning the 1983 Australian Sabot championship at the tiller of his snub-nose Dinghy Hot Pursuit.

Surprisingly during his primary school years he had shown the talent to fulfill a promising career in swimming but thankfully elected to master sailing free with the wind winning his second Australian championship in the international 420 class in 1986.

This result set the benchmark for Finglas to pursue a career in coaching and was destined for success when he was invited to be a guest coach with the strong American team at the Barcelona Olympics.

The now three time Olympic coach capped a personal career highlight when the Australian crew of Queensland’s Dan Fitzgibbon and his New South Wales crew mate Liesel Tesch won the Scud 18 class Gold Medal at the Paralympics in London.

He has the gifted skill to encourage average club sailors into winning World championships. and he is not the type of person to stand taller than his students.

‘'You simply cannot achieve the results without their individual commitment to tough it out and do the hard yards,' he said.

His recent appointments approved by incoming Commodore Kevin Miller will initially focus on encouraging the younger generation to happily discover sailing.

'The Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron has rolled out the welcome mat with first time sailors joining the 'Little Tackers’ program in the Optimist dinghies,' Finglas said.

This program provides an important introduction to the sport while also showcasing the Squadrons initiative to develop a World class youth program including a segment of Americas Cup type match racing in the internationally accepted 6m Elliott class.

'Initially my coaching role will focus on our youth and provide them with the encouragement to enter class racing we are also interested in hosting multi class racing for Sabot, Heron, Mirror, and Graduate dinghies with the junior all boat fleet,' Finglas added.

'I am encouraged by the passion of Kevin Miller who will commence a second term as Commodore later this year'.

His vision to provide a fully rigged Farr 40 aptly named Keel Train which will be involved as the nautical class room to extend the youth development program into the ocean racing arena strongly supports the intention of the Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron to capitalise of the Australian sailing team success at the London Olympics.
Mondo Travel - Americas Cup Tour - 4885Pantaenius - Worldwide SupportMusto 2016 660x82 4

Related Articles

Ludde Ingvall's CQS arrives in Sydney
Ludde Ingvall’s super maxi CQS arrived in Sydney today from Auckland, New Zealand, having left last Thursday. Ludde Ingvall’s super maxi CQS arrived in Sydney today from Auckland, New Zealand, having left last Thursday. The crew said they’d had a very good shake down.
Posted on 8 Dec
Great Barrier Reef managers and industry prepare for summer
Marine park managers, scientists and experts recently met for the annual pre-summer workshop Marine park managers, scientists and experts recently met for the annual pre-summer workshop to assess climate-related risks to the Great Barrier Reef over the coming months. Current predictions by the Bureau of Meteorology and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration are for a summer of average sea temperatures across the Great Barrier Reef.
Posted on 7 Dec
Speed Thrills. Pain Kills. Minimise potential damage with Kollition™
We all love seeing the foilers get faster and faster. We all love seeing the foilers get faster and faster. One brand, Zhik®, was the first to develop a range of lightweight, low profile, flexible and waterproof padding in a purpose built wetsuit to help protect the sailors from damage when they or boat stops abruptly.
Posted on 7 Dec
Figaro Bénéteau 3 – The world’s first production foiling monohull
In 2019, as the Solitaire URGO celebrates 50th anniversary, the Figaro Bénéteau 3 will take over from its predecessor In 2019, as the Solitaire URGO– Le Figaro celebrates its fiftieth anniversary, the Figaro Bénéteau 3 will take over from its illustrious predecessor, the Figaro Bénéteau 2, which has been sailing the length and breadth of the French and Atlantic coasts since 2003.
Posted on 6 Dec
Lisa Blair teams up with B&G to sail Antarctica
B&G is pleased to sponsor Lisa Blair in her upcoming bid to complete the Antarctica Cup Ocean Race. B&G is pleased to sponsor Lisa Blair in her upcoming bid to complete the Antarctica Cup Ocean Race. Lisa will be competing against the clock, attempting to beat the current speed record set by Russian adventurer Fedor Konyukhov in 2008. Lisa is the first woman to compete in the race and, in doing so, aims to be the first woman ever to circumnavigate Antarctica solo, non-stop, and unassisted.
Posted on 6 Dec
Mark Light appointed Race Director of Clipper Round the World Race
Mark replaces former Race Director Justin Taylor who decided to stand down after almost a decade with the company. With four years’ experience assisting the race planning, he is now looking forward to stepping up to the lead role, one of the most challenging that exists in global sailing.
Posted on 28 Nov
Predictwind release improved racing and cruising routing function
PredictWind has released a major upgrade to its Routing function, taking a much more graphic and interactive approach PredictWind has released a major upgrade to its Routing function, taking a much more graphic and interactive approach to what has been a black art of weather routing, used to chose the fastest route for racers or most comfortable route for cruisers.
Posted on 28 Nov
Only room for one at the top
The results of RMIT's (Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology) independent testing are in. The results of RMIT's (Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology) independent testing are in. Zhik® is the market leader in waterproof durability with a new standard that replicates the real world sailing environment and conditions. It is an astounding four times more so than the previous leader.
Posted on 28 Nov
Musto Black Friday weekend
This weekend only take 20% off all products on musto.com.au, just enter code: BLACKFRIDAY at the checkout This weekend only take 20% Off all products on musto.com.au, just enter code: BLACKFRIDAY at the checkout. Offer ends 28/11/16.
Posted on 25 Nov
Ensign want to sell your boat!
Ensign have had such a successful sales year that they are now looking for more pre-used stock to sell. Ensign, one of Australia’s largest yacht brokers, have had such a successful sales year that they are now looking for more pre-used stock to sell. At their head office location at Main Beach, Queensland, they can offer amazing rates on berthing while the boat is on sale at their Marinas Cove Marina and that means great exposure.
Posted on 24 Nov