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Top coaches lend a hand

South African Sailing recently sent a team of its top coaches to conduct training courses for SA sailing local coaches in the Eastern Cape, Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal.

The courses were facilitated by Dale Rae who has an international sailing background and has post-graduate Sport Training qualifications from the renowned UCT Sports Medicine Department of Tim Noakes .

Dale who currently heads the Western Cape Youth development portfolio is actively engaged in an innovative sailing training programme on Zeekoeivlei which draws its students from the nearby, previously disadvantaged community of Grassy Park in Cape Town.

Her passion for sailing and growing our sport is legendary. The original coaching seminar that was offered to Western Cape coaches was so well received that South African Sailing asked Dale to present the seminar to coaches in all the SAS regions.

Dale was assisted by her husband, SAS head coach David, who is a professional yachtsman best known for his role as mainsail trimmer on Shosholoza. Part of David’s portfolio is the development of High Performance Sailing in South Africa.

Bringing long experience into the mix, her other assistant presenter was Springbok yachtsman ÔÇ£silver bulletÔÇØ Sailor of the Year 2008 Dave Hudson. Dave first obtained his national colours in the 1960’s and 1970’s notably in the Flying Dutchman class.

He has just completed a very successful season on the European sailing circuit where he came second in the World Championships of the exciting new Laser SB3 class. The Race Ahead Foundation, one of Dave’s initiatives for sailing is aimed at making the sport of sailing, with all of the benefits and opportunities it offers, more accessible to young South Africans from previously disadvantaged communities.

The wealth of experience shared by the three presenters was evident in the comprehensive and professional presentation and by the ability of the team to handle a wide range of topics and of coaching problems at all levels.

Although the seminar was aimed at the club-coach level, the new skills introduced will undoubtedly benefit all levels of sailing instruction from trainer level through to provincial coach level. The two-day seminar covered topics such as The Role of the Coach, successful coaching programmes, coaching resources, race preparation, getting round the course fast and beating the fleet.