Pre-Clinic Entry Experience
The focus of this Pre ILCA 4 Europeans Clinic is set up to provide a platform for sailors attending the ILCA 4 European Championships who have been active in their national youth sailing circuits or Optimists sailors who would like to make the transition to the ILCA Dinghy. Or for talented club sailors aged 15 and over.
The clinic is designed to help improve boat preparation with the most recent developments in the class, sail settings and advanced boat handling skills, including roll-tacking, roll-gybing and mark roundings. This ILCA 4 Clinic will look hard at developing both Upwind and Downwind speed with extensive use of video analysis.
SailCoach believes strongly in the multi-national training concept which we developed many years back, therefore this clinic of hard training will give sailors the opportunity to push themselves hard against competitors from other countries. It will also provide young sailors with the opportunity to be coached by the most experienced ILCA coaches available, including coaches who have been members of the Team SailCoach squad at different Olympics.
The clinic’s daily schedule will combine classroom lessons with on the water exercises offering healthy competition and is followed up with debriefing of tactical and strategy situations. Sailors will receive individual attention both on the water and with video analysis.
A typical day
Depending on the venue, the day will start with a physical training warm-up session, sometimes before breakfast and sometimes after. These physical training sessions will be conducted by our coaches, with care being taken that the exercises are suitable for that age group and to ensure the safety of the sailors taking part in the sessions. This will be followed by a briefing on what the coach plans for the days sailing sessions, pointing out the areas where the coach intends to focus, taking into consideration the prevailing weather conditions.
Depending on the venue and the weather forecast, the coach may decide to run one longer session instead of two shorter sessions.
The coaches will take control of the group again after sailing, running a cool-down session which sometimes involves an ice bath or swim. Again, depending on the venue, there will be a debrief on the days activities either before or after dinner. There will be some time set aside in the evening to relax before bed… the next day, it starts all over again!
25th March 2024: (arrival day)
Arrive into Valencia Airport between 08:00 hrs and 22:00 hrs and be met by one of SailCoach’s friendly staff. They will take you to the Club Nautical Valencia, the venue for this Pre ILCA 4 Europeans Clinic.
29th March to 3rd April 2024:
The Pre ILCA 4 Europeans Clinic daily schedule will start each morning with a group briefing at 10:00hrs at our Valencia SailBase in Club Nautica and finish at 18:00hrs.
3rd April 2024: (departure day)
SailCoach staff will drop you off at Valencia Airport between 08:00 hrs and 22:00 hrs for your journey home after some quality training or fly with us to Trieste Airport, Italy, for the ILCA 4 Europeans.
We Take Our Responsibilities Seriously
• All our coaches are qualified, and CRB cleared for child safety
• Each clinic will have a nominated child welfare officer on site
We hope the above will maximize enjoyment and progression whilst balancing the need to have as much time on the water training.
SailCoach hopes you’ll be as excited as we are about this Pre ILCA 4 Europeans Clinic. You will meet people from around the world who, like you, are “mad about sailing” and will become life-long friends in our sport.