61 COACHES AND SAILORS JOIN 420 CLASS CLINIC IN SLOVENIA
The International 420 Class Coaches and Sailors Clinic in Portoroz, Slovenia from 31 October-4 November set a new milestone in participation levels attracting 61 sailors and coaches.
Clearly demonstrating the fleet strength and popularity of the 420 Class across Europe, sailors and coaches from Czech Republic, Hungary, Italy Serbia and Slovenia enjoyed 5 days of intense learning and knowledge sharing.
Led by 420 Class appointed coach Nikos Drougkas (GRE), the 5-day Coaches and Sailor Clinic featured a packed daily programme to equip coaches and sailors with knowledge and expertise in the 420 Class, through a mix of shore side theory and on-water practical session. Topics included:
• Skills Setting
• Boat Preparation
• Training Exercises
• Running a training programme
• Effective Briefing/Debriefing
• Racing Rules and Race Management
• Video Skills
• Psychology and Physiology
• And more …
Hosted at JK PIrat, the club proved a perfect location with the boat park and slipway facilities supported by a club venue with meeting rooms, changing facilities and catering.
"We did not predict such a high level of participation," commented Fulvia Ercoli, member of the 420 Executive Committee who was on site at the clinic. "Head Coach Nikos Drougkas was excellent, and was able to fully meet the needs and expectations of all participants. For the 420 Class, as well as the clinic being hugely successful, we were also able to further develop our relationship with the participating countries who actively support the 420 Class."
"The camp was an opportunity for our sailors to get new sailing skills in the 420 classroom, as well as the knowledge of preparing the boat, sails and rigging," added Marjan Matevljič, President of JKPirat. "The Clinic also gave participants the chance to meet and socialize with their fellow coaches and sailors from Central Europe. The high level of participation from five countries exceeded our expectations, as this was one of the most popular training camps our club has ever hosted."
Take a read of the Clinic Programme and Click here to find out more about the 420 Class Development Programme for 2018.