West Kirby Sailing Club Team Racing
Said to be the home of Team Racing West Kirby Sailing Club hosts a number of events the most famous being the Wilson Trophy. The Wilson Trophy is the pinnacle of this sailing discipline and is held annually in May, click here to find out more information.
All enquiries for events and training can be booked through the Team Racing Secretary – David Taylor C/0 the office at WKSC on 0151 625 5579 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
The main boat used for Team Racing in the UK is the Firefly. West Kirby has the use of 4 flights of Fireflies and also has 6 Feva’s. The Feva sailing dinghy is used for the RYA Eric Twiname Youth and Junior event held in Oxford at Farmoor Reservoir
Adopted by BUSA (British University Sailing Association) www.busa.co.uk/ as one of their sailing points sports, West Kirby has welcomed many Universities to train and compete. Currently Liverpool University Sailing Club and Manchester University Sailing Clubs base themselves here.
WEST KIRBY SAILING CLUB – TEAM AND MATCH RACING
Team and Match Racing Committee (TMRC)
The Team and Match Racing Committee is part of Sailing Committee (SC) and reports through SC to General Committee (GC). Currently Richard Cornah, the VP Rep on GC will report or answer questions raised by GC.
David Taylor (Chair) Richard Cornah, Adam Whittle, Mark Creasey, Matt Shepherd, Helen Brown, [others TBA]
- To support TMR within WKSC by organisation of events, provision of training, selection of teams and management of resources, reporting to the Sailing Secretary and General Committee as appropriate.
- To promote TMR regionally and nationally by organising and supporting events.
- To work with the Wilson Trophy Committee with regard to the selection of teams and provision of volunteers for that event.
- To work with other volunteers promoting Training and Development within the club
Team Development and Selection
With post-university team racing it is common for ad hoc teams to be formed involving members of several different clubs or organisations. Similarly at Junior and Youth levels some classes bring together teams on a regional basis. WKSC will provide support and encouragement for any member participating in TMR; the following guidance notes apply to teams or individuals wishing to enter events under the WKSC Burgee and to receive support with regard to entry fees.
Requirements to Represent WKSC
- WKSC enjoys a very high reputation and any members representing the Cub must agree to uphold that reputation with regard to the standard of their sailing and general conduct at events.
- In-port, outport and affiliated members are all eligible for selection to represent WKSC at events, however (except in exceptional circumstances) it is expected that individuals will have been members for 12 months when putting themselves forward for selection.
- Teams wishing to enter events under the WKSC burgee should advise David Taylor via email as far in advance as possible to enable the application to be considered by TMRC and GC.
Team Racing Selections
- The TMRC is responsible for the selection of teams to represent WKSC at events, providing details of selected teams to the Sailing Secretary.
- Given the wide range of events in terms of standards, costs and location, the criteria for selection will not always be the same but the following is offered as general guidance about points likely to be taken into account by TMRC selectors:
a) Level of participation and skills shown in respect of Club fleet racing.
b) Participation in team racing coaching and practice offered at WKSC.
c) Participation in selection events run by WKSC
d) Participation in team racing events, either as an individual or as part of a WKSC team.
e) Assistance with the running of WKSC events and maintenance of resources.
3. TMRC will publish a list of events that will be taking place during the winter team racing season for which WKSC may be willing to support entries. However it should be recognised that it is ultimately the responsibility of individual sailors or teams to put themselves forward to TMRC for consideration and to meet the criteria set out in 2.3.2.
4. TMRC will publish specific selection criteria that may be applied for major events such as the Eric Twiname (Youth and Juniors), UKTRA and the Wilson Trophy. These will follow differing formats comprising a mixture of short windward leeward fleet races to observe starting skills (start line strategy, acceleration off the line, rule observance, up wind performance, mark rounding strategy and downwind performance) and some short team races to observe team skills, rule knowledge and observance.
Use of the Club Boats
At present WKSC has the following boats that are used for team racing:
- Firefly Class – 3 flights (six boats) and two spare boats.
- Feva Class – 6 boats (originally donated by the Eric Twiname Trust)
In addition Liverpool University owns a flight which they make available to us for events.
- In addition to sessions of events organised by TMRC, Club boats can be made available to individuals or teams for practice on application by email
- Use of team racing boats for practice is generally only available to members who have paid squad fees (see C below).
- Individuals or teams using Club boats shall be responsible for any damage arising during practice sessions which must be reported immediately by email to: David Taylor, Richard Cornah and TBA
- The two spare Firefly boats can be made available, at TMRC’s discretion, for use in Club fleet racing to enable help improve skill levels subject to the following criteria:
a) A bona fide interest in a commitment to team racing.
b) Payment of a damage deposit
c) Payment of hire to be agreed according to the intended period.
(Generally the time period will not exceed one series of Club racing).
The hirer is responsible for any damage arising and must ensure that the boat is de-rigged and secured properly after racing. The same facility is available for those want to use Fevas.
Team Racing involves considerable resources in terms of capital costs and maintenance for the boats, RIB usage etc. The majority of these costs are supported by WKSC in recognition of the vital role that team racing plays in the life and future of the Club. However, for a number of years regular team racers at WKSC have been asked to make their own contribution in the form of “squad fees”.
The current level of the fee is £40 and this covers the period from June to May.
Where an entry fee is paid by WKSC, individual sailors are expected to make a contribution to that cost in the form of “match fees”, which are in additional to the squad fees (section C above). Currently the level of fee is as follows:
- for youth and junior sailors (under 19) at all events, except the Wilson Trophy, £10
- for adult sailors (over 19) £25, except the Wilson Trophy
- Wilson Trophy £50
Generally, WKSC is not able to offer funding for travel or other expenses in addition to the entry fee. However, the TMRC will support appropriate fundraising activities at the Club. In exceptional circumstances consideration to funding other expenses may be given by the General Committee – any application should be made to TMRC (David Taylor and Richard Cornah) in the first instance.[Version 1 6/11/18]