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|Young keelboat sailors wanted|
|Wednesday, 20 February 2013 00:00|
Young aspiring keelboat racers are to be given a chance to apply for season-long access to a number of fully race-prepared 30ft Etchells keelboats, thanks to the continuation of a partnership between RYA Racing and the UK Etchells Class Association into the 2013 racing season.
This opportunity is designed to give talented young sailors the experience of top level one design keelboat racing, helping them to maximise their chances of winning the 2013 British Etchells Nationals in September.
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. Much of this support is made possible by the kind generosity of Ted Fort OBE.
To support the sailors’ progression and development, Race Training and Coaching will be provided the UK Class Association volunteers and top Solent supremo’s David Bedford and Graham Sunderland.
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 are welcomed. Applications are invited from individuals but pre-formed teams of three or four sailors are encouraged. www.etchellsukfleet.co.uk