The NSSA had a large presence at the RYA Suzuki Dinghy Show, held at Alexandra Palace over this weekend 28th February to 1st March. As well as our stand we were able to announce a major investment in the future by the Andrew Simpson Sailing Foundation.
Iain Percy, Trustee of the Foundation, flew in from his Artemis America's Cup team base in San Francisco to attend the annual Show and to present a cheque from the Foundation for Twenty Three Thousand Pounds (£23,000) to James Conway, Treasurer of the National Schools Sailing Association.
The money is one of the first major grants made by the Foundation and will be used by the NSSA to fund school aged children, up to the age of 18, to participate in training programmes, regattas and instructor courses throughout the country. It will also fund training, race management and safety courses for volunteers of all ages across the country who currently work with the NSSA to develop youth sailing.
Datchet Water Sailing Club will be hosting the NSSA Inland Championships 2015 on Saturday and Sunday May 23/24.
Prices have been retained at the same level as 2014 and once again there is camping available on site. As is traditional now there will be a feedback forum for parents and team managers at sometime during the weekend so that we can hear what you think about things.
We are also going to introduce a training element, for those who are interested, on the Saturday evening we will have a session on the Racing Rules - targeted mainly around protest hearings with the aim of giving leaders more confidence in holding Protest Hearings and sailors a better idea of what is involved in a Protest Hearing. At the moment the plan is that this will be an informal session run by Nigel Vick - an ISAF International Judge - but if there is a lot of interest we may attempt to get an external speaker. This could be your first step towards RYA Qualification as a Judge or Rules Advisor.
ODSSA hosted the 2015 NSSA Doublehanded Team Racing at Farmoor Reservoir this Saturday March 21st.
Twenty teams attended the event and were split into four leagues of four for the initial round. Many of them found the conditions and Fireflies quite challenging and by race 11 the decision was made to go to cut-down sails. This made things much more manageable and by about 1.30pm we had completed the 40 races in the round and one re-sail.
From this point the top two in each league went on to a "first to two points" quarter finals.
The National Youth Regatta will take place 26th – 31st July 2015. The event will be hosted by Leicestershire and Rutland Youth Sailing Association (LRYSA) at Rutland Sailing Club.
Rutland Sailing Club is based on Rutland Water, a large reservoir in the East Midlands which regularly hosts national and international racing.
Camping and catering will be provided for competitors and volunteers at the Rutland Agricultural Showground in Oakham, approximately 15 minutes drive from Rutland Sailing Club.
Claires Court Champs lived up to their name by retaining the NSSA Match Racing Championships this weekend in a competition hosted by ODSSA and Oxford Sailing Club on Farmoor 1 Reservoir.
The competition was sailed in SB20’s and sailed over two days. Some strong winds on Saturday saw a couple of teams losing part of their damage deposits but racing on Sunday in gentler breezes was much more pleasant and competitive.
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