The Pakistan Sailing Federation is making full use of their ISAF membership and the development and training opportunities this can bring by holding this ISAF Learn-to-Sail Training Course as well as a Sailing Management Clinic, conducted by International Race Officer Mark PRYKE (AUS) also in July and a Judging Seminar scheduled for November 2005 with International Judge Pat HEALY (USA). With all of this training taking place for the 2006 Asian Games taking place in Doha, Qatar, the Pakistani Team will certainly be one to watch.
|Tony WALTON with two of the
The equipment was varied, with participants using a selection of Enterprises, Laser 16's, Lasers and Optimists.
The course itself pushed the concept of training students to be good sailors with good technique and the ability to sail a dinghy well before going on to teaching the principles of racing. The theory being that the better the basic skills of the sailor, the better at racing he or she will be. The training was based around Great Britain's RYA Dinghy Instructors Course. WALTON said of the group's achievements 'I am happy that if any of these candidates now taught sailing they would have a system to work to and be able to work to a training method being able to explain each skill clearly.'
|The programme in progress
It seems the groundwork is being done to change this story, and with the possibility of successes in future regional and international events, the sport of sailing in Pakistan is set to grow.