BOOSTING KNOWLEDGE AT 420 CLASS COACHES AND SAILORS CLINIC
Today, 25 September 2017, thirteen participants aged 18-25 years are embarking on their first day at the International 420 Coaches and Sailors Clinic in the Czech Republic.
This first ever 420 Coaches and Sailors Clinic in the Czech Republic is taking place from 25- 29 September at Jachetní klub Černá v Pošumaví
Under the guidance of lead coach Nikos Drougkas (GRE), the aim is to generate fresh impetus and accelerate the coaching expertise in this intense 5-day clinic, as Martin Vach, President of the Czech 420 National Class Association explained,
“I believe that coaches who attend the Clinic will help us bring more 420s to their clubs together with promoting the level of sailing competition in our class on national basis. This will be a corner stone to start sailing with an international fleet.
“We believe the 420 Class is vital in youth sailing line-up, so we tried to start what I usually call resurrection of the Class. Holding the Clinic is one of the milestones on our way to reintroduce the 420 Class to a broader number kids."
The coming five days will be about sharing extensive knowledge and smart methods of transferring the learning and techniques to sailors to achieve their training and racing aspirations. The clinic is split into morning and afternoon sessions, with a mix of class room theory and on the water practical, including:
- Boat preparation
- Tacking and Gybing
- Mark Rounding
- Tactics and Race Strategy
- Boat Handling
- Racing Rules of Sailing
Lead Coach, Nikos Drougkas (GRE) will also introduce the 420 Exercise e-Book and how it can be best used by coaches and sailors. This online training resource is targeted at providing world class training techniques and strategies on Performance Improvement for Coaches and Sailors, and provices a selection of carefully chosen performance training exercises, with accompanying video and commentary to provide sailors and coaches with a step by step path to improving their skills. From covering boat set-up to techniques at mark roundings, strategies and tactics on the startline to gybing in strong winds, the e-Book covers a diverse range of training exercises.
The 420 to the Max video is also part of the 420 knowledge toolkit and introduces a range of specific techniques, demonstrates how to master them in different wind and sea conditions and what to consider when undertaking a range of manoeuvres.