Reply To: Training
The issue is always going to be coaches. Having run an “out of RYA coaching” programme for both Toppers and 29ers the coach is key and has to be paid For his time. Dave Bourne got me on the race track following a training weekend in Brightlingsea last year, and since then has helped me hugely as far as boat set up. I now at the ripe old age of 59 need some tips as to where I am screwing up when it comes to boat handling skills. That needs a coach boat and a video …… yes it would make hilarious viewing….. , but hiring it and ensuring that the likes of Dave or similar are prepared to take a day off work to run such an undertaking costs – it can’t be done on the cheap.
Thus this simple soul reckons there needs to be an association run training programme. Determine the number of training days, attach them to opens, price in coach costs and rib hire and the say unless costs are covered by advance payments 3 weeks beforehand it gets cancelled. Just think we are lucky enough in Andy Rushworth to not only have an OK builder with a pretty damn good racing record who has not only coached the Korean team but also Finn sailors in the U.K. Renumerate him appropriately with all the kit he needs built into the price and then see what the demand is ( I apologise in advance if he has no interest in running a programme but hey I could learn shedloads from him). If it isn’t there and people aren’t prepared to ante up then it isn’t fair to expect these guys to run a safe and sensible training session. Training isn’t cheap, but I would certainly pay for a well run programme over the winter and early next year.