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Apply for the RYA and UK Etchells Class Association racing programme

by Matt Carter on 26 Feb 2014
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Young sailors that aspire to race one design keelboats at the highest level have just under one week left to apply for access to a number of fully race prepared Etchells, 30ft keelboats, completely free of charge for most of the 2014 racing season.

The closing date for applications is 1700 on Monday 3rd March and the RYA is urging interested sailors to get their applications in fast to avoid disappointment.

The RYA and UK Etchells Class racing programme is now in its third year and is designed to give talented young sailors the experience of top level one design keelboat racing, giving them the resources and training to push their sailing to the highest level.

The objective is to bring two young teams up to the highest level possible with the aim of helping them to maximise their chances of winning the 2014 British Etchells National Championships and The European Championships.

To support the sailors’ progression and development, race training and coaching will be provided by the UK Class Associations volunteers, RYA Racing Keelboat Manager Nigel King and Solent supremo’s David Bedford and Graham Sunderland. All will support the teams and offer both formal and informal coaching on board the boats and from RIBs.

The Etchells is a strict 30ft one design keelboat which, outside of the Olympics, has some of the most competitive racing in the world and winning the Etchells World Championships is regarded as one of the hardest titles to win in sailing. Past World Champions include America’s Cup winners Dennis Conner and John Bertrand, Olympic sailor Stuart Childerley and Sir Ben Ainslie, Britain’s most successful sailor in Olympic history, has competed at the event as crew.

Thanks to the generosity and support of volunteers within the UK Etchells Class Association up to two selected teams can benefit from the use of their own boat for the season and participate in a full programme of well organised and competitive racing, with entry fees, boat-yard costs and a small maintenance budget all covered by the class. Some assistance towards accommodation may also be provided. Much of this support is made possible by the kind generosity of Ted Fort OBE.

The opportunity is available for 18-24 year olds, and is particularly aimed at graduating RYA Youth Programme sailors and British Keelboat Academy members although applications from other sailors, including those from clubs and Universities are welcomed. Most of the racing will be in the Solent from Cowes and subsidised accommodation may be provided either at the UKSA or at owners’ homes on the island.

Whilst, applications are invited from individuals, those from pre-formed teams of three or four sailors are strongly encouraged (the class maximum weight limit is 285kg).

For 2014 up to two teams will be offered the use of fully funded race prepared boats in the Solent for the 2014 racing season leading up to the British Nationals and European Championships which are to be held in Weymouth in September 2014. Full details for the Cowes Etchells Fleet can be found here or on the Cowes Etchells Fleet Facebook page.

To apply please send a sailing CV and a brief covering email outlining why you should be given the opportunity addressed to Nigel King, RYA Keelboat Manager, sent care of Caroline Sullivan, Keelboat Administrator caroline.sullivan@rya.org.uk

Interested sailors are invited to discuss the programme with RYA Youth Racing staff at the RYA Suzuki Dinghy Show 2014 on the 1-2 March should they require any further information.

Closing date for applications is 1700 on Monday 3rd March. Successful and unsuccessful applicants will be notified by Friday 7th March. Successful applicants will be expected to attend a selection and training weekend in Cowes on 15th/16th March 2014. Final allocation of places for this scheme will be made following this event by the selection panel.
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