F.A.Q.

SailCoachF.A.Q.

Who will be coaching us?

SailCoach’s views the coach as an essential ingredient in any sailor’s strategy to improve their performance; therefore, we only use coaches of the highest standards. The coach will have a vast experience in the Laser class and will be familiar with all the issues surrounding a European Campaign. The coach will assist you with guidance in setting your targets and achieving your goals. The price is inclusive of the coach’s expenses so there are no hidden extras to pay with the exception of your daily subsistence, you should allow for between €10 to €12 per day for this.

How do I get from the airport?

SailCoach looks after this side of things, so no need to worry! We will be staying in spacious self-catering accommodation where possible. In some venues self-catering is not possible, in which case we usually try and arrange a discount rate with a local restaurant. Please note your tour fee does not include food expenses! Meal times are usually good fun and give everybody an opportunity to get to know one another.

Start practising your cooking as soon as you sign up, or be prepared to do a lot of washing up! We try to give everyone a bit of space by taking large apartments wherever we can, in order to give you as few external pressures as possible when you are racing.

Who else will be attending?

What about Boat Insurance?

The Charter Boats are not covered by us for racing insurance. You will need to have your own Laser insurance transferred to our charter boat for the time you are on tour with us.
Remember. The SailCoach Coaching Tour package includes Accommodation, Transport, and of course our World Class Coaching.

PRICE. The whole package described above, is design to give you racing in excellent conditions and great competition with your own personal coach.

What about Boat Insurance?

What happens when you sign up for a SailCoach Coaching Tour package?

You become part of a “multi national group” focused on improving their Laser racing skills. The group will consist of a maximum of six sailors, so that your contact time with the coach is optimised. The Coaching Tours are designed to enable sailors to develop both practical subject-specific and broader campaigning skills.

As the tour develops, sailors are expected to take more responsibility for their own learning. On arrival you will be given a briefing, detailing the programme and local venue information.

How does the training before the event operate?

Usually we will try to have a minimum of two to three hours a day on the water. The sessions are carefully structured so that time spent sailing is quality time. Your coach will work with the group to set goals for each training session. When not on the water, physical training sessions will be arranged so that fitness levels can be maintained or improved.

From our experience it is generally possible to arrange group discounts with local gyms. SailCoach also uses video extensively so it will be possible for you to have your technique analysed closely by our expert coaches. Using the collective video de-briefs is one of the quickest way for you to learn from your mistakes and the mistakes of others.

 

What happens during the event?

Prior to the event starting, the coach will hold a pre event briefing. The coach will inform you of any relevant local information and give you guidelines of what to expect in the regatta. During the event, the coach will be on the water with you offering advice before and after the race. Each evening the coach will try to speak individually to each sailor and/or hold an informal briefing on the days racing, discussing areas for improvement. Typically, this would take place over dinner in the team apartments.

Where will I be staying on a Coaching Tour?

SailCoach looks after this side of things, so no need to worry! We will be staying in spacious self-catering accommodation where possible. In some venues self-catering is not possible, in which case we usually try and arrange a discount rate with a local restaurant. Please note your tour fee does not include food expenses! Meal times are usually good fun and give everybody an opportunity to get to know one another.

Start practising your cooking as soon as you sign up, or be prepared to do a lot of washing up! We try to give everyone a bit of space by taking large apartments wherever we can, in order to give you as few external pressures as possible when you are racing.

Where will I be staying at SailBase Malta?

We are offering our total package which includes accommodation on a half board basis. The accommodation is only a short walk from the boat park at the Royal Malta Yacht Club. The rooms are hostel style rooms with en suite. We ask sailors to share based on gender. There is a restaurant at the Royal Malta Yacht Club as well as a number of other eating places in neighbourhood for the club for sailors to have lunch.

What equipment do I need to bring for the Charter Laser?

SailCoach will supply you with a boat that is guaranteed to be less than 2 years old. The cost of the boat charter is calculated so that you only pay for the boat when you are using it and not when it is sitting on the trailer for a few days travelling and resting.

There is a deck plate but please bring your own blocks. You will also need to bring your own Kicker/ Vang and outhaul rigging system.

The SailCoach charter boats are supplied with the following equipment provided:

* Laser hull with bailer fitted
* Racing padded toe strap, shockcord and toe strap line.
* Spars, lower and top mast, boom complete with all fittings attached
* Mainsheet deck side cleats
* XD deck base fittings with cleats, but without blocks
* Launching trolley

You may not make any alterations to any part of the boat, its equipment, spars or fittings, even if subsequently replaced, without approval from SailCoach.

Equipment not provided (you need to supply the following): 

* Sails and battens
* Foils/Blades (you can charter foils at 50 euro extra per event)
* Tiller and tiller extension
* Mainsheet block with spring
* All control lines with all control line blocks
* Traveller blocks
* Boom vang
* Wind indicator
* Compass (if you use one)

Please remember all the small blocks for the control systems as we can not supply these.

Masts are available in the charter price however it’s very difficult to keep them in good racing order. If you are particular about your mast, we suggest you bring your own.

We would also like to remind you that you are responsible for the boats insurance at the regatta and need to transfer your own Laser insurance for the charter period.

This video provides more information

What happens if I break or badly bend a Laser mast?

In these circumstances we normally split the price of a new mast 50/50. You pay half and SailCoach pays the other half of a replacement.

Can I charter Foils/Blades with my Laser?

We can sometimes help with Laser foils, but having been sailors ourselves we can tell you it is cheaper to bring your own. We know It is hassle on the plane but at least you avoid the high charter prices. 

We can offer Laser foils at the cost of €50 per regatta/clinic with a €100 damage deposit. Any significant chips result in the loss of the damage deposit.

We give first priority to those sailors travelling the furthest distance.

What is SailCoach's Cancellation Policy?

1. Cancellation 30 days before the start date of the Charter/Coaching Tour/Clinic period: full refund (60 days for High Season).

2. Cancellation within 30 days before the start date of the Charter/Coaching Tour/Clinic period, forfeit deposit (within 60 days for High Season).

3. Cancellation within 29 days before the start date of the Charter/Coaching Tour/Clinic period, forfeit full fee (within 59 days for High Season). Clients should ensure they have Travel Insurance.

4. In exceptional circumstances SailCoach may offer you credit to partake in another SailCoach activity within 6 months of the original start date.

This decision is at the discretion of SailCoach staff.

Low Season September to March  /  High Season April to August.

Please take out Travel Insurance to protect against loss if you are unable to travel.

Do I need to enter the regatta on the Coaching Tour?

Yes, you will need to enter all the regattas your attending yourself and pay the entry fees. These regattas all have web sites where you can get more information, the SailCoach site sometimes offers links to regatta sites. For Laser Worlds and European Championships you will also need to make sure your National Governing Body or Laser Class approves your entry. The package price does not include regatta entry fees.

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