RYA launches keelboat racing scheme for young dinghy talent
From there, they will go on to compete in the America’s Cup Jubilee this summer, where they will compete on larger keelboats, most likely on 12 Metres which are predicted to have a large fleet presence in the Solent for the 150th anniversary celebrations.
The successful applicants will also be required to take part in a televised sailing masterclass in August. This looks to be a big opportunity for young sailors of the right calibre. And the John Merricks Sailing Trust is contributing towards the cost of the programme.
The RYA commented on its website: "There is already ACC [America’s Cup yacht] activity in the UK with two yachts now based on the south coast. There is a possibility that there will soon be more. Crew will be needed, and this fact will be taken into account when selecting young sailors to take part in the event. A sort of ‘crew search’ is envisaged, which will bring in new blood."
Applications are requested by 20th January from those who will be 18, 19 or 20 years old on 18th August 2001, and particularly those who want to make a transition from racing dinghies to keelboats. You will be asked to provide personal details and ambitions, a sailing CV to demonstrate a track record, and you will need a recommendation from your club commodore or equivalent.
For more details on the scheme, go to the RYA website, or email Kath O’Connell on firstname.lastname@example.org