In 2017 the Darwin Sailing Club partnered with the NT Government to invest in four Elliott 7 one design keel boats. As well as expanding the Club’s teaching fleet, one of the key objectives for the introduction of keel boats was to provide a youth retention and development pathway for DSC junior and youth sailors.
The Elliotts were used extensively throughout 2017 and a Youth Development Program was successfully initiated.
The early success of the program has, in 2018, been acknowledged by the Management Committee. On the back of this success, significant work has been undertaken in the off season to structure a more formalised development program. This expanded program was sanctioned by the Club's Management Committee in preparation for the 2019 Sailing Season and invitations are now open to eligible youth sailors.
The objective of the DSC’s Youth Development (YD) Program is to
The YD Program is overseen by the Sailing Committee, and managed by the YD Coach who reports to the DSC Sailing Manager. A YD Program Coach will be appointed at the commencement of each sailing season. In consultation with the YD Sub-Committee, the YD Coach will develop the program with a primary focus on delivering the objectives of the program and a secondary focus on preparing the Youth Team for interstate or international regattas. When travelling to events the Coach will travel with the team.
The program will consist of a Youth Development Squad and a Youth Team.
All participants in the program will be members of the Youth Development Squad. Senior squad members will be eligible for application to the Youth Team who will travel to interstate and possibly international regattas.
The YD program will include:
Training will be determined by the YD Program Coach but is likely to include at least two on water sessions per week including off water fitness (or cross training undertaken by participants) and additional theory sessions as required. All training is compulsory for participants unless the Coach has been notified in advance. Failure to attend training without prior notification will result in exclusion from team selection.
The YD Program requires a heavy training load and a high level of commitment. Eligibility criteria for the program include:
An application form will be completed by all participants wishing to join the YD Program and submitted to the Sailing Manger and/or the YD Coach in March each year. Once selected, squad members will be required to commit to the training, fundraising, volunteering and boat maintenance requirements of the program and a behaviour contract.
Throughout the program the Coach will identify a primary skipper and a secondary skipper for training and development purposes.
To be confirmed
Participation fee - $500 per year per participant. This will include all usage fees for the Elliott 7s, coaching over the period, sail training material & DSC YDP Racing kit.
Key Program Dates:
Applications Close: Friday March 29th 2019
Program Commences: Thursday April 4th 2019
For more information please contact the Club Office: 8981 1700 or e:mail [email protected]