MBSC Learning & Development (L&D) program launched last season, its coaching structure and development pathway runs classes after school and on Sundays. Sailors aged 7-10 yrs are invited to try out 8.30am for a 9-12 any Sunday, vacancies through the season, numbers are limited.

“Coaches deliver better sailing outcomes!”

MBSC L&D aims to set a new standard in the way sailing is taught, central to the approach is “active learning” for sailors and the empowerment of coaches to improve outcomes. Learning motivates everyone no matter at what stage of development; novice, club sailor or aspiring champion.

A talented list, arguably the best list of coaches in Australia are involved:

  • Matt Jahn – 49er coach
  • Ryan Palk – former #2 Laser ISAF World ranking 2013
  • Caitlin Elks – former #4 49erFX ISAF World ranking 2014
  • Denis Jones – successful Olympic medallist coach
  • Saskia Mackay – former Optimist, 420, current Laser and sports boat sailor
  • Hayden Hunt – former 29er and current 49er sailor

With new tools at their disposal, coaches can be more effective in their role. The L&D is structured to encourage continual improvement of the curriculum and the processes that support it.

Coaches have the means to reduce time on remedial work because they can intervene to prevent fundamental problems occurring in the first place. With a breadth and depth of experience MBSC coaches actively transfer elite sailing techniques from Olympic classes to early development.

Competition is not on the agenda in the early months of learning to sail, competition while learning can be distracting when coaches are trying to initiate good technique and improve control. Confident sailors experience less frustration and anxiety. On-water and off-water sessions include games and the fun side of sailing, theory sessions, lots of smiles.

Groups of happy and perhaps unruly novices transition to focused sailors with passion and confidence in the Open Bic. Training partnerships and friendships form in preparation for Competition. Sailors are taught problem solving skills, self-improvement helps find more from themselves.

Progressing through 5 stages of curriculum allows sailors of similar competency to progress at their own pace as they transition from club Optimist to Open Bic, 29er and Olympic 49er classes.

Ryan Palk is actively working with Open Bic sailors to improve control in variable conditions, several updates have been made in recent weeks. Congratulations to four very excited first year sailors who impressed Yachting WA and were invited to join the state Westsail training camp.

L&D is now into its second year and Caitlin Elks is preparing a fledgling 29er fleet for Nationals in Adelaide in January.

Weekly seminar sessions introduce sailing concepts, guest speakers are invited to contribute, coming up are WA champions; 470 Olympic sailor Carrie Smith and International M32 Match Racing skipper Matt Jerwood.

“Mounts Bay Sailing Club is proud of contribution to sailing, come join us”.