The Spitfire has now been the RYA Recognised Youth catamaran class in the UK for 4 years and has been a resounding success. It is a strong, fast, controllable and very exciting boat, available at a reasonable cost with an active second hand market reducing initial outlay. It has proved an excellent training ground for the National Youth teams who have gone on to Gold and Bronze medal in recent ISAF World Championships. It has now been replaced as the RYA Recognised Youth catamaran class by the Nacra 15 which is also the World Sailing Youth multihull. The Spitfire remains an excellent entry point into youth catamaran sailing and will remain the backbone youth boat whilst Nacra 15 numbers increase.
Training UKCRA Youth provides training sessions throughout the year and runs a comprehensive winter training programme with the most training sessions of all RYA Youth classes. Anyone under 21 sailing on two hulls is welcome to attend. We are always looking to keep costs down and value for money up. The RYA organised additional training throughout the year. UKCRA YS have now appointed a dedicated transition coach to ensure sailor transitioning from monohull dinghies can make the transition with ease. We are also able to identify sailors who are looking to form a team especially for those moving from single handed boats.
Events UKCRA Youth works with the Class Associations to produce a calendar of both training and racing events. the events are also identified as specific Class traveller events The Traveller series is made up of 6 events at different locations around the country as part of the Open Catamaran Circuit. The Spitfire Inlands and National Championships are also a part of this circuit. A special part of the catamaran racing scene are the Long Distance races such as the East Cast Piers Race and the Solent Forts Race. Coach support is often available at these events. The European Nacra 15 events and EuroCat in Carnac. UKCRA Youth also have links with the Youth Catamaran organisations in Sweden, Holland and Belgium.
The Pathway With the selection of the NACRA 15 and the World Sailing youth multihull, UKCRA youth will be welcoming these sailors to the UKCRA Youth organisation so the sailors can benefit from the existing infrastructure and training organisation.
UKCRA Youth also welcome the Nacra 17 sailors many are moving up from the Spitfire, the Spitfire offers an excellent pathway boat for aspiring Olympians and those who aim to join the Nacra 17 Olympic Development Squad. Successful catamaran sailors have started their sailing careers in a variety of classes, and so any racing class could be considered a feeder for the Youth Catamaran training program. The catamaran should therefore be considered as a serious option when making choices. For more details please contact us.