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2 September 2009, 12:08 pm
Training and Development - Getting The Right Equipment
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Find out more about the right equipment for your training programme below

Connect to Sailing

Need help getting your MNA Training Centres equipped with boats suitable for all levels of training? Help is on hand from the ISAF Connect to Sailing Partners.
The Connect to Sailing initiative was set up specifically to enable new and developing MNAs to get access to industry links in order to help set up National Programme infrastructure and develop grass roots sailing provision. With many established classes of sailing dinghy available on the market it can sometime be difficult to decide which ones are suitable for training and at which level.

The Connect to Sailing logo

Connect to Sailing Partners RS Sailing, Topper International, LaserPerformance and Hobie Cat (Multihulls), have extensive experience in the tailoring of specific training fleet deals to the worldwide market and through their network of international dealers, can offer excellent local after sales support and advice. Below RS Sailing, LaserPerformance and Topper International provide an overview of what's available.

RS Sailing

RS sailboats have recently been selected by MNAs for large projects to increase the participation in sailing. Examples include Denmark, Norway and The Netherlands where the RS Tera and RS Feva were chosen as the ideal boats to introduce youngsters to sailing and then excite them into becoming life long sailors.

These MNAs negotiated a favourable price that allowed nationwide sailing clubs to purchase the RS boats, which we supplied to the specification required, fitted with project graphics and we appointed a local project co-ordinator to oversee successful distribution. We have helped MNAs to create training manuals for the RS boats - important to provide national, consistent, high standard training.

RS is, therefore, very experienced in the supply of boats for training projects, large and small - we are proud that our boats have won many international awards and RS is now the world's fastest growing sailboat range. Our All Purpose Boat range is manufactured using the best rotomoulded polyethylene construction system, to produce durable, low maintenance, low cost boats. And, importantly, they are boats that are fun to sail.

RS All Purpose Boats

RS Tera - Perfect modern junior single hander - for children aged 7 to 16 - ISAF Recognized Class
RS Q'BA - Small enough for one or two children - big enough for an adult and child.
RS Feva - For two sailors aged 8 to 16 - beginner to world championship racing - mainsail, jib and gennaker - ISAF International Class - world's best selling two-person sailboat.
RS Vision - Suitable for two to four adults. Stable and versatile - beginner to racing skills.

For more information on RS sailboats see www.RSsailing.com or contact: Martin Wadhams martin@RSsailing.com or Riki Hooker riki@RSsailing.com.

LaserPerformance

At LaserPerformance training and development is seen as a critical part of our business and our commitment to building our sport. This manifests itself in variety of different ways all over the globe, whether it's the boats produce, our partners that we supply, or our own SailLaser initiative.

Recently we partnered with the RYA's OnBoard programme to provide a great opportunity for kids to experience sailing whatever their needs and ability. LaserPerformance has provided 30 brand new Bugs that are being sailed in nine venues across the UK. The feedback from the kids and parents has been fantastic. It's been a great arena to show off the newest product in the LaserPerformance range and a great opportunity for us to support RYA in their efforts to get kids more involved in sailing.

In North America, we've supplied over 500 boats to supplied events across the continent. Presently we have 170 boats competing in the Laser Worlds in Canada. While competing in the World's may be at the pinnacle of a sailors training programme we have been beside them every step of the way. We work with a variety of regional and local sailing programs to help them insure they have the right equipment to meet the needs of their programs. We also insure the sailors themselves are supported along the way. We currently support both the US under-18 and under-23 teams as they compete in events across the globe.

Finally, we have SailLaser. SailLaser's mission is to teach people to sail, involve them in the sailing community and give them access to sailboats and water sports, regardless of their location, race, gender, religion, economic status or physical ability. Our SailLaser Centres offer a variety of programs, including: Learn to sail classes for children and adults, Advancement programs to improve sailing skills, Race training programs and clinics, and Community Programs for local school children. Also, most SailLaser Centres offer our JustSail Boat Club, which provides sailors who are not boat owners with affordable access to our training fleet of LaserPerformance dinghies so that they not only know how to sail, but they can enjoy being out on the water whenever they want!

Topper?International?

The famous Topper dinghy has long been associated with introducing GB newcomers to sailing. But the Topper is not just a great teaching and training boat it has also developed into a very serious racing class.

The Topper Class saw 350 boats at the recent Nationals in Abersoch. Over the past decade the RYA's Junior Racing programmes have underpinned the success of Great Britain establishing itself as the World's leading sailing nation at the past three Olympic Games. And the RYA has identified the Topper as the most successful Junior pathway class responsible for bringing through the next generation of Olympic Champions.

This template for success has seen a substantial increase in international sales of the Topper dinghy particularly into North America and Asia.

Topper International also produce a large range of dinghies and catamarans which come under the umbrella name Topaz. The Topaz UNO System which is a simple to sail training boat is now Topper International's best selling class with significant and growing interest from emerging countries around the world. For example, the Korean Sailing Federation has invested heavily in the Topaz range with over 200 Topaz UNO being shipped in the last few months. The Topaz XENON which is a two man high performance gennaker sailboat has also been adopted by a number of Sailing Federations including a large recent shipment to Italy following on from the success in Great Britain where the XENON is used as the class of choice for the prestigious annual Endeavour Trophy considered by many as the pinnacle of British amateur dinghy racing. For more information please visit www.toppersailboats.com.

Find out more about ISAF's Connect to Sailing initiative at www.sailing.org/connecttosailing.

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