The Tera Winter Training Programme 2016 / 2017 was a huge success, all five weekends were completed by three different groups.
The groups, bronze, silver and gold fleet were run very successfully by three top coaches including HISC’s own Debbie Jarvis.
The training enabled each of the three groups to extend their sailing abilities considerably, and also to build towards lifelong friendships with peers with the whom they were training.
Massive improvements were recorded by all three coaches across the fleets and a huge sense of pride was felt by all the children taking part.
Obviously, it is always great to see good results from such training programmes and these have been excellent this year. Not only did the majority of these children compete at HISC youth events such as the Sunday series, extremely popular Tera Sprints ( 27 competed last weekend, ¾ which did winter training ) and HISC Youth Race Week, but also many of these families traveled further afield to Carnac, France for Tera Worlds, and also to Weymouth for the Tera Nationals.
Although our winter trainers had extensive success this year, two sailors in particular had wins to celebrate, one winter trainer won the Tera Nationals sport fleet, and another won the regatta fleet. It is important to note that both these children have only ever received coaching at HISC.
This year we have been somewhat overwhelmed by the success of previous years as we have a large number of visitors requesting Winter Membership in order that they can share our winter training programme.
We would like to thank HISTT and the RYA for their past support in our winter training programme. Looking ahead to this winter we are challenged by the doubling of the rib costs, and the loss of RYA funding, but we still have a considerable list of 35 children who wish to take part. We are excited to be able to offer these children the opportunity to train at such a high level over the winter months, and we pray that the weather conditions will be favourable this winter
HAYLING RESCUE Franks Rib continues to need hefty maintenance and we were able to support him with £2.5K so far this year. Funds are always required and if he has rescued you recently please do donate with a Gift Aid declaration
The winter Training for the Tera fleet has now concluded. The fleet was divided into three groups over the series. Some of the weekends were lost due to bad weather - the Bronze group especially not being launched in near freezing conditions. Martin Grady the organiser for this series - thanks HISTT for their support and says - The training has been very well attended and there have been some fantastic improvements across all the groups. I even think there are some potential National and World Champions in the Gold fleet. - See Above
All went well in Monaco, we returned home late Sunday night after our 4 1/2 days away.
Yacht Club de Monaco really treated us and the other 15 teams who attended; the facilities are amazing and staff incredibly helpful.
The port in front of the club was the racing area. It is surrounded by Super Yachts 4 stories high, the Palace towers high on one side and the densely built city high on the other. This made for an incredibly shifty race area with the wind swinging 180 degrees. We did well to finish the round robin on day 3 in the top half. We would have preferred on the final day that the race officer split the fleet in 2 and the teams continued racing for places against each other e.g. 1 v 8, 2 v7, 3 v6 etc… however he opted for a different method which was: Teams 1- 4 race for places, then 5 and 6 had 3 races to determine positions, then 7 and 8 raced each other to determine positions etc. So on the last day we only had the opportunity to move 1 place which we achieved, beating Spain 2 races to 1, leaving us in 7th place - but it was Germany, Sweden and Finland who took the podium.
It was a great experience for the team and we hope that HISC can participate again next year and continue to build good relations with YCM.
Congratulaitons to Tom Darling (HISC) and Crispin Beaumont (Bartley SC) - who recently won the 29er Youth Worlds - they were short-listed and eventual runners-up at the Yachting Journalists Association sailing awards, held at Trinity House, London on Tuesday, January 10th . The annual awards were presented before a large gathering of yachting media, distinguished Yachtsman and Olympic sailors . . .