Olympic class sailing in the UK
The RYA is gearing up for its season of domestic Olympic Classes racing with the publication of the 2010 Olympic Classes Handbook and Notice of Race for the 2010 RYA Olympic Classes Spring Series.
The annual early-season Spring Series events provide a focus for new and aspiring talents and regular racers in the Olympic Classes, as well as the top Skandia Team GBR performers where programmes allow.
Entry is now open for the first of the two-weekend events, which will be held from 10-11 April at the Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy, immediately following the RYA Volvo Youth National Championships.
This first Spring Series event also welcomes racing in the SKUD and 2.4mR Paralympic classes, plus limited entries via a qualification system from the Laser and Laser Radial classes as the RYA looks to enhance the opportunity for domestic Olympic classes racers at the 2012 venue.
Skandia Team GBR Development Squad Manager Barry Edgington comments: “This year we have a later start to the season to enable the best UK entry to the first event in Weymouth Bay and Portland Harbour. With more courses and medal race practice the aim is to make the most of the opportunity of racing in the area.”
Entries are being accepted online for the WPNSA event at the RYA Racing Events website www.rya.org.uk/racing/events with a 50% penalty fee payable on entries after 6 April.
“As usual the RYA Olympic Classes events and Class events - outlined in the Olympic Classes Handbook - form the qualification series, where sailors have the chance to secure thousands of pounds worth of grants to attend the European ISAF World Cups and class world and European championships,” Edgington continued. “That said however, the events are not just a grant opportunity, they also present a great weekends racing for all standards of sailor looking for the ultimate challenge,” he concluded.
The Notice of Race can be found in the RYA Olympic Classes Handbook, which is available from the Crew Room section of the Skandia Team GBR website.
The Handbook also includes fixture details for all Olympic and Paralympic Classes, grant eligibility for both squad and non-squad sailors, and squad selection criteria for Skandia Team GBR.
Download the Handbook from here