HMS Coaching has been set up by the sailing clubs in the Highlands and Moray with the objective that young sailors can benefit from more formal coaching in a wider group than can be achieved by any one club alone and without having to travel long distances. Some will move on to the RYAS Class Academies or the RYAS Development Teams. The objective is to help you to improve your existing skills and to learn new ones.
The training consists of on-the-water work (weather dependent) and on-shore briefings/theory sessions normally delivered by local Level 2 Race Coaches. Please extend your appreciation and assist with the ongoing chores associated with the course – e.g. cleaning-up afterwards!
How to join in
Step 1. Sailor Registration
Sailor Registration form to be completed and submitted only once per sailor (helm or crew.) If you have registered through this form you will be separately emailed before each event asking you to do the following steps.
Step 2. Event Entry
Event entry form to be completed for each event/boat to notify attendance. To save administration and to ease organising coaches and RIBS, entries must be made by the stated closing date - a week before the event.
Step 3. Payments
Payments must be made on-line before event closing dates.
HMS Race Coaching weekends are planned at various venues across the Highlands. The dates have been chosen to avoid the RYA Scotland Class Academies - at least they did at the time of fixing them.
HMS Coaching Weekend dates
5 weekends TBC
The courses run from sign on 10:00 Saturday to sign off 16:00 Sunday with the possibility of taking part in any club racing taking place at the venues. Finish on Saturday and start on Sunday will depend on weather and available light and be notified during briefings.
HMS Coaching is for Juniors & Youths.
Minimum entry criteria: RYA Stage 3 with club racing experience - about 5 to 10 club races although not necessarily as finishers.
Optimist sailors just need to be able to sail a triangle including tacking & gybing.
Note: HMS coaching is not aimed at RYA Development Squad sailors.
Priority is given to junior ‘RYA Pathway’ classes but the intention is to offer any spare capacity to non-pathway classes using the suitable alternative boat table. If you are interested in taking up any spare capacity then register your boat/crew so that you receive emails and enter for any weekends that you are available so that you are first in the queue!
At HMS clubs with appropriate facilities.
RYA Pathway Classes
(Optimist, Topper, Laser 4.7/Radial, and RS Feva) and
(Tera, Taz, O’pen BIC, Pico, Topaz Uno, Feva S, and Mirror)
What to wear and bring
- Ideally you will use your own dinghy during the course however some host clubs may have spare club boats. For example - at Chanonry SC Club Optimist, Tera or Sea Scout Topaz can be made available on a first come first served basis and a £5 charge per day.
- Ideal clothing is either a wet suit, with a windproof cagoule/spray jacket over the top, or a dry suit (worn over a warm base layer), together with suitable dinghy boots, fingerless gloves and a fleece hat; all depending on the weather.
- Bring your own buoyancy aid (buoyancy aids suitable for swimmers only can be provided at Chanonry SC).
- Bring a full change of clothing & towel for the end of the practical days.
- Bring your Racing Rules book if you have one – you should have one and there may be homework! 2017-2020 version now available on the RYA web site for £8.99. Your club may be able to share a discount on these with you.
- Drinks and snacks may be available depending on volunteers! The fees don't include lunch for participants and you will be told to either bring a packed lunch or that lunch may be purchased on-site.
Open Training Weekends in the past
Richard Evans of Chanonry Sailing Club being presented with the the RYA Scotland Coach of the Year by Stephen Park OBE at the RYA Scotland Annual General Meeting in March 2009. Richard in turn has received valuable support towards gaining his qualifications from Coaching Highland and the Ross & Cromarty Sports Council. He has also assisted the Regional Coach with the North of Scotland Sailing Squad which is a youth group of sailors who aspire to compete at a national or higher level.
Jon is well known as a coach for Lijia Xu to Olympic Laser Radial Gold Medalist at London 2012.
2013 Overall Radial ladder 1st
2013 Radial Inlands 1st
2013 Portuguese Europa Cup 1st
2013 UK Radial National 1st
2013 UK Masters Nationals 1st
2013 Dutch Masters 1st
2013 French Europa Cup 1st
2012 Sail Sydney 1st
2012 Radial Inlands 1st
2012 Apprentice Masters Europeans 1st
2011 Radial Nationals 1st
He has also written two books: Be Your Own Sailing Coach and Be Your Own Tactics Coach and produces coaching videos - see http://www.jonemmettsailing.co.uk and has 8000 fans on facebook.