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13_Yachtsman 2015.qxp_Yachtsman Magazine 19/08/2015 4:32 pm Page 51 Alfred’s Training Training at the Alfred’s By Tom Brewer and join club activities. The three levels on offer take people all the way through to the basics of spinnaker skills, and racing. The club can do gift certificates and private courses for anyone who wants to give the sport a try. Shorebased Our shorebased training program continues to provide experienced sailors with the skill boosts that they need to improve their safety or performance on the water. By partnering with Above and Beyond Boating, RPAYC is now able to offer a comprehensive list of options, from MOB sessions, to advanced navigation, Sea Safety, and First Aid. This often overlooked aspect of testing and using safety equipment before it is needed is often overlooked by sailors. Many sailors have never inflated a life-raft, or even an inflatable PFD, let alone using a lifesling, DAN Bouy, or EPIRB. RPAYC is able to equip its members with the skills needed to be safe and confident offshore or in Pittwater. Katie Spithill taking students through the Adult Keelboat Program Volunteer The 14-15 sailing season saw the introduction of free shorebased training courses for all race volunteers. This has seen your race teams participate in Essential Navigation and Safety Courses, practice for MOB recovery on Alfreds 1, and upgrade their First Aid Skills. In addition Yachting NSW has assisted by running Safety Boat and Assistant Instructor courses for the centreboard community, as well as Club Race Officers The training team operates programs across 7 key areas, there is something on offer courses for all the race teams. for all members, and it is worth the time to check out what possibilities there are Crew Experience to help you sail better. The Alfred’s launched into the 14/15 season with a new fleet of Elliott 7 keelboats, and a renewed focus on providing high quality training across all the skill sets needed for successful sailing. The club has a reputation for one of the largest and most diverse training operations in the country, and this continued throughout the 14/15 season. Schools More than 300 school children from 7 different schools come through the club each week during summer. Sailors are taken from learn to sail, through to teams racing, and a number of our schools sent teams to the NSW Schools Teams Racing Championships in April 2015. Sailors from the school programs also participated in our revamped Intermediate Youth Development Squad, and will likely move into being regular members of the Youth Development Squad in the future. The crew experience was launched in February 2015 as a way to provide a simple and accessible way for new sailors to access racing at the club. Instead of relying on a crew register, sailors are placed on a rotating roster where they sail with a different crew each week. The intention is that over the course of a series both owners and crew will have met a range of new people and be able to confidently organise permanent positions. The crew experience has been very successful in its first few iterations and will continue to develop into the 15-16 season. Kids The Club’s sailing pathway is underpinned by the Tackers program. A professionally delivered, games base