VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS FROM 420 CLASS HIGH LEVEL COACHES AND SAILORS CLINIC
Hosted at the International 420 Class Academy based at Vilamoura Sailing in Portugal, 3-7 October 2018, the 420 Class High Level Coaches and Sailors Clinic combined theory in the class room with on-water practice.
Attended by eighteen coaches and headed up by renowned coach Jim Saltonstall MBE, over five days all key aspects of sailing and coaching were covered, including presentations by appointed experts. Local Portuguese sailors joined the clinic to enable coaches to practice their new skills and teaching techniques both in the classroom and on the water.
The objective of the High Level Coaches and Sailors Clinic was to gather together already highly knowledgeable coaches and fast-track their acquisition of skills in the 420 Class. Sessions covered a range of topics, including coach qualities, leadership actions, coaching for whom, championship preparation, 10 aspects of the sport, coaching drills, physical preparation and injury prevention, nutrition, meteorology, race strategy, boat handling, starting techniques, use of video, racing rules of sailing as well as presenting the 420 Class’ own online development toolkit; the 420 to the Max video and 420 E-Book of Performance Exercises. Available in English, French, Spanish, German and Japanese, the 420 to the Max videos have racked up well over 355,000 views. Take a read of the Clinic Programme.
“Participating in this style of clinic really accelerates potential,” explained Jose Massapina, 420 Class Vice-President responsible for development, “which in turn is transferred to sailors, and of course the skills learnt apply to many classes, so the benefits are multiple.
“Some coaches taking part in the clinic already specifically train 420 teams nationally and internationally, whilst for others in addition to the specific 420 Class skills gained the knowledge acquisition has helped guide them to establish a national coaching framework.
“The 420 Class very much believes it is our responsibility to educate and share knowledge,” continued Massapina, “and we are committed to delivering an efficient worldwide development programme, to support nations, coaches and sailors at all levels.”
Any programme is only as good as the level of success achieved, and the outcome of the clinic was confirmed by the many testimonials from the participating coaches from Angola, Portugal and Romania.
Over the past two years, the International 420 Class Association has run clinics across five continents, taking in the Bahamas, Bulgaria, Canada, Czech Republic, India, Mexico and New Zealand, each of which has embraced coaches and sailors from numerous nations. Up next is our clinic in Portoroz, Slovenia from 31 October to 4 November 2018. The 420 Class also provides coaching support at our World, European and Junior European Championships, as well as providing coaching expertise to teams at the Youth Sailing World Championship.
If your nation is interested in hosting an International 420 Class Clinic, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Find out more about the International 420 Class Development Programmes via the links below.