Young Connor Bainbridge takes a break from Race training…
Northern Sailors Training hard for 2007
Of course, continuing to windsurf through the dark, cold months does require a high level of commitment and the ability to deal with harsh wind chill levels, which see the majority of the UK population wrapped up in thick coats, hats and gloves, when they risk the weather for a quick 30 minute walk. There is however one big benefit – the wind is generally in much greater supply than the summer months and with a good wetsuit, hat and boots there is some excellent windsurfing to be enjoyed.
Connor Bainbridge, a 13 year old windsurfer, who is sponsored by Ezzy Sails and RRD Boards through Seasprite Sports, has been taking advantage of the various coaching courses on offer to Junior and Youth Sailors in the North of England.
At West Pennine Windsurfing club, high on the moors above
It will have escaped no ones notice that the Techno One Design Race class is now dominating the Youth and Junior scene, as it is the designated board for national and international racing, and is the required board for the RYA squads and the UKWA recognise it as a separate race class.
Clare and Rob Strange have already organised and managed weekends of Techno Open Training, which have been very successful, and have allowed aspiring young sailors from the RYA squads and also from the many T15 clubs to gain additional high quality training.
Ian Roberts, who runs the North and West Zone Squads has also been investing time in coaching and developing Techno sailors from the region, so you can expect the standard of racing from the Northern Sailors to be very high in 2007.
Of course the windy winter months shouldn’t just be about heavy duty race training, so on the few ‘free’ weekends it’s important to do something else. However, the new generation of
If you want to know more about how it feels to windsurf through the winter for Juniors and Youths in the North of England, please visit Connor’s web site at www.rednemesisdog.com. To take advantage of Mark Kay’s coaching weekends, he can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org. For Techno Open race training email email@example.com. Ian Roberts can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org. Connor is personally mentored by Jem Hall and sponsored by www.Seaspritesports.com