Young sailors show they are up for the challenge

When the opportunity to practice and train ahead of the racing season is presented to the young sailors of Derbyshire, then they certainly commit themselves with vigour.

Despite the bad weather, there is no lack of enthusiasm for getting in their boats and working hard to develop and perfect their skills, at all levels and ages.

The next training session is being held at Combs Sailing Club and will be led by coach Richard Rawson of Peak Dinghy Spares Ltd., the DYS series sponsors for 2013.

Richard will be helping the sailors to work on key aspects of their chosen sport and leading them through a series of activities that will be challenging their fitness and capabilities. Richard raced in several DYS series some years ago and is an RYA trained instructor, so he is well qualified and experienced to help teach today’s competitors.

Carsington Sailing Club hosted the first training session of the pre-season period, which was extremely well-attended and well received by the sailors. The light wind conditions were perfect for helping the sailors to learn to extend their concentration, so that they can maximise their boat speed and make the most of what little wind there can often be.

DYS training co-ordinator, volunteer Des Luxton, noted: “With many of the sailors eager to get out onto the racing circuit and start competing at events, their calendars and diaries for this year are already full of commitments for the season”.

There are plenty of opportunities for young sailors these days and the sailing clubs in Derbyshire each provide Royal Yachting Association (RYA) approved training to teach them how to sail.

DYS events are open to all school age sailors who are members of a Derbyshire Sailing Club or attend a Derbyshire School. (The youngest competitors have started racing at the age of six / seven). The volunteers at DYS events will also provide some guidance before and during the racing for those attending their first few events to help them achieve their best.

If young sailors want to attend the Combs training session on March 9, then they should visit the DYS website at to check the details and pre-register. If they need any information before they attend, or just to find out more, use the website and contact details to get in touch.