Racing is one of the best ways to develop your sailing skills. This 707 race training course will teach you all you need to know to increase your boat speed and feel confident in the rules and start line tactics required for racing.
For 2018 the spring race training will run by Ramsay Leuchars as the organiser, who is an RYA Keelboat Race Coach Level 2, starting on 1 May 2018 for 6 weeks, finishing on 5 June 2018.
It is open to PEYC members interested in increasing their racing skills and becoming part of the PEYC yacht racing community.
It consists of six Tuesday night sessions – meeting at the clubhouse for 18:00 to be on the water no later than 19:00, back ashore 21:00 for debrief.
The six weeks will cover –
Week 1. Basic boat control, speed up, slow down, tacking and gybing fast.
Week 2. Starting – lots of starts and very short races
Week 3. Get the spinnaker up and down
Week 4. Get the spinnaker up, lots of gybing, take it down, repeat.
Week 5. As above but add in mark roundings
Week 6. Full short races using spinnakers
There will be 6 boats with a maximum of 30 people taking part: Each boat will have a max of 5 participants per boat with a mixture of skill levels amongst the crew, plus 1 mentor for instruction. As a participant you can choose to be either:
Skipper (you feel confident of your helming skills and want the chance to practice being in charge of a race team)
Co-pilot (you don’t feel ready to be in charge, but want to practice your helming in races as well as take a turn of other positions)
Crew (you don’t want to helm much but want to swap around different crewing positions – main/ pit/ trim/ foredeck)
It costs £120 for the course and places are usually very popular.
The pre-requisite for participation is RYA Level 3 or equivalent experience. Those who have previously attended are very welcome to refresh their knowledge and skills. You also need to be a PEYC member; it is easy to join the club on the PEYC website and costs £70 for race membership or £50 for cruise membership in your first year (after that the fee increases).
As in previous years it should be lots of fun and many new friendships made. People then have the whole summer ahead of them to race in 707 events, hire the club 707s and practise or race on other boats in the club fleet. Please feel free to share this link with others who may be interested.
If you have any questions about this, please email Ramsay Leuchars on email@example.com .
View a video from previous years training here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fV9gxNo8No8&t=1s