Winter Training Programme 2016 - 2017 


Don’t stop sailing in the winter months!

We have this ‘Winter Training Programme’ to keep you on the water and developing your skills until the 2017 Training Programme starts back up in March. All sessions are pre-bookable so please let us know if you are intending to come. There are no minimum numbers for these sessions to run, but if nobody has pre-booked, the session will be cancelled.

Although it may be a little chilly at times, wearing the right kit can make all the difference. There are winter wetsuits (5mm of neoprene as opposed to the 3mm summer suits) available in a range of adult sizes and plenty of waterproof tops/trousers in the wetsuit store. If you can’t find one, come let us know.

Saturday Club: As a QM member, all Select members are eligible to attend Saturday Club that runs frequently throughout the year. The Clubs are organised and run by members and are a great way to meet other Club members and get out on the water. For more information and to join the mailing list please talk to the Office and/or visit their page on the website.

Club Christmas Lunch: Sunday 18 December Each December we hold a Club Christmas Lunch averaging 100 people sitting down for a 3-course meal (with the traditional turkey on the menu). Throughout the lunch we host the club race prizegiving for all the race series, Christmas quiz and sailability fundraising games. Places booked through the office.

Highlights of the coming season are:

Dinghy/Windsurf Coaching: These sessions will be available as seen in the Winter Training Chart. This is a supervised session open to all relevant select members. It will run in a similar style to the Group Coaching session available in the main season, however there will be more opportunity for fine tuning the more advanced techniques as well as refreshing the basic skills.

Windsurf Advanced Tuition: As well as the scheduled intermediate and advanced windsurf clinics, we hope to run a RYA Advanced Windsurf Clinic sometime over the winter as and when conditions allow. If you are interested in this clinic you can keep up to date by:

1-      Following the QM Windsurf Facebook page – Windsurfers at Queen Mary Reservoir

2-      Keeping an eye on the website – www.queenmary.org.uk

3-      Sending an email to Paul (paul.adams@queenmary.org.uk) who will email when the forecast is looking good! To attend this clinic you need to be comfortable windsurfing to the standard of RYA Intermediate Planing or higher. Please chat to Paul if unsure.

Spinnaker Training: We are holding two specific days devoted to honing your dinghy spinnaker skills. Basic spinnaker handling is a pre-requisite for this training day. We will use video coaching to really give you a perspective of what is going on when the spinnaker is flying.

RS400 & Topper Argo: This winter learn how to sail the club’s RS400 and Topper Argo. The RS400 fleet is one of the largest fleets in the Club, and we are very keen to integrate Select members into this active Club fleet. The boat is available for Select members to race, or simply take for a sail. The RS400 is a lightweight, fragile mid-high performance boat with a wing-wang spinnaker pole setup…a little different from the rest of the QM doublehander fleet, so we require members to be on the ‘trained’ list before taking the boat out. This can be done in a number of ways… • Attending the QM RYA Performance Sailing course • *Attending one of our ‘Intro Slots’ • Chatting to the Team if you have prior experience with this class boat or similar already * please note before attending the intro slot you must already be confident helming & crewing asymmetric spinnaker boats in a steady breeze (F3). Within these introductory slots we will cover the specific rigging and tuning considerations, as well as the differences sailing a wing-wang pole system to the traditional asymmetric pole setup.

The Topaz Argo is a doublehander dinghy with both the asymmetric and symmetric spinnaker setup. If you have never tried symmetric spinnaker sailing before, (or simply just fancy a refresher), book onto an Intro Slot to discover a different world of spinnaker sailing! Anyone with basic asymmetric spinnaker skills are welcome to try the Argo with the asymmetric set up anytime.

Catamaran Clinics: Two special days devoted for those who have already attended the Cat Conversion course to hone those multihull skills further. Topics can include learning how to correctly tune the rig, confidently fly the hull, singlehandedly helm & trapeze, or just simply go faster.

Dinghy Race Training: This is to help you to perform with increased confidence in our active Club Racing programme and is ideally suited to those who have either participated in the RYA Start Racing course or are sailing at a reasonable intermediate level. Typically we offer race training in lasers, but if you and another member would prefer a doublehander, it is possible! The programme consists of 3 training sessions followed by an Instructor supported club race. Dependent on session conditions, content will vary but aim to cover elements of the following; starts, tactics around the course, mark rounding & laylines, boat speed, sail tuning. Programme dates can be found on the website.

Keelboat: Battle of the Fleets! Battle of the Fleets is back on Saturday 8 April 2017. We would LOVE to get a select team together and challenge the different fleets from the club. More information on this event and the costings will be available around the club in the New Year.


Keep an eye out on our website or facebook page for upcoming events during the winter season including last minute tuition deals (including heavy weather tuition), the Club Christmas Lunch and Prize giving on 18 December and the Bloody Mary (the biggest inland dinghy race in the UK) on 7 January. Please pre-book your boat/sail no. with the office to ensure you don’t miss out!

We hope to see you all over this period, otherwise we shall see you in the Spring for the start of the sailing season once more!


Team QM

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