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4 May 2011, 12:05 pm
First SL16 Training Clinic A Success
France SL16 Team
France SL16 Team

SL16 International Training Program
Carnac, France

The SL16 International Class Association successfully ran its first SL16 International Training from 26-28 April in Carnac, France.
This voluntary clinic was held to prepare youth teams for the ISAF Youth Worlds next July in Croatia. But it was also opened to all SL16 sailors of any level and ages to prepare them for the SL16 Open Worlds which will be held at Pyla-sur-mer in France from 24 - 31July.

Teams from Singapore, Ireland, Great Britain, Belgium, Spain and France were trained for free by older SL16 sailors and champions such as Vincent Gueho, President of the SL16 French Class Association and 2010 SL16 Open World Champion, and Arnaud Gautier, President of the SL16 International Class Association and 2007 Spitfire European Champion.

Ten teams were sailing the training, just before the famous European catamaran competition, the Eurocat, at the Yacht Club of Carnac.

The daily training program was composed of physical preparation and tactics briefings in the morning following by four to five hours of sailing in the afternoon, with speed test and races at the end of the sailing day. The day ended with video analysis.

On Thursday evening, a precise study of Quiberon bay allowed teams to understand current and wind subtleties before the Eurocat.
During the Eurocat, 18 SL16 teams from six countries and two continents were fighting to win the European title. The French team from the Yacht Club of Carnac, consisting of Pierre Renaud and Pablo Mathevet won five races out of six.

The first SL16 International Training was a great success, all youth and adult teams enjoyed the venue and will come back for the second International Training which will be held at La Baule, France from the 27-30 June, just before the ISAF Youth Worlds.

This time, teams from USA, New Zealand, Netherlands, Spain, Great Britain, Ireland and more will be there to prepare ISAF Youth Worlds and the SL16 Open World Championship. Contact Vincent Gueho to register for the training.

Vincent Gueho
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