Techno293UK Autumn Letter From Chair

(Sent to Class members on 16th October)


Dear Techno Sailors and Supporters,

It’s already the middle of October and it feels like the year is rushing by once again.
I’ll start by congratulating current Techno sailor Finn Hawkins, first on the incredible achievement in gaining selection for the Youth Olympic Games spot for GBR, but then to travel to Buenos Aires and achieve the Bronze medal is truly outstanding!
Congratulations to both him and his amazingly supportive parents – it’s just reward for the effort they’ve all put in over the years.
As a Class, it’s been a super busy year – we’ve completed our first year of running the UK Junior Squad, and introduced the UK Development Squad at the same time.  We’ve supported all the UKWA events throughout the year, and supported our sailors in Latvia for the Worlds.  We’ve also had a hugely successful summer camp, which was enjoyed by coaches and windsurfers alike.  I’m probably missing loads, but I need to keep it as short as I can!
Competitor numbers at events have been extremely encouraging, with Techno consistently far outnumbering the other classes at UKWA events.  The National Championships had a huge number of sailors and proved a very testing event in terms of conditions.  As always, we thank the UKWA for their continued dedication to putting on these events for the UK Windsurfing community.
For quite a number of us, we’re currently looking forwards to the Europeans in Athens, starting this week   It should be a fantastic competition, and while the preparation has been hard work, it’s been worthwhile.  The kit left on Saturday morning, reinforcing just how close it is, and thanks go to John and Guy for volunteering their time to drive all the kit to Greece.  We have 22 sailors on the list for the event (out of a total current entry of 237), a number of whom are new to Internationals – for them, it should be a great opportunity to improve.
Personally, Athens sadly marks the end of an era for us, with E-J (along with others) moving on to other things, it will literally be her last event on Techno, and it’s put me in a bit of a poignant mood.
I can honestly say I’m going to miss everything about the Techno circuit – from T15 to Zone, through to all the competitions, which never seem to stop.  Is it disruptive to ‘normal’ life – of course it is.  Would I choose ‘normal’ over ‘Techno’?   No chance.  It’s been a great few years, and my only genuine disappointment is that we didn’t know about it all sooner!
I currently have no plans to abdicate, so you’re stuck with me for now.
The UK Junior Squad has recently been announced and congratulations to those who have secured a spot.  Competition for places was fierce this year, and some very tough decisions had to be made.
We aim to announce plans for this year’s UK Development Squad (UKDS) imminently, aiming to bridge the gap between T15 / Zone and UKJS / International Competition.
Kind regards,

North and Midlands Zone training report

Report by Charlotte Morrison

DSC_0015On the weekend of the 9th& 10th April, the North and Midlands zone squad were at Colwyn bay in wales for their 5th training weekend.On Saturday we all rigged on the prom before briefing. At first briefing we were told what was going to happen during the day. We split into 2 groups and were tested on our tidal knowledge, we did this with Jaffa cakes. We also went onto the beach and did the key things for a start line; including space, transits and flags.

Later on we all got changed and launched onto the sea but soon after we went out the wind died and we were sent in for dinner as it was very hard work.At around 1 o’clock we all went out and the wind had thankfully filled in to help us get some race start practices using the things that we learned from the morning.We headed in and de-rigged, got changed and had the de-brief and were told what we were doing the next day.

On Sunday the same process happened of rigging up and having our briefing. This morning the wind was stronger so the rigging took slightly longer. Today we were racing to put everything into practice. We all got changed and launched. When we were launching the waves and swell were making it hard to launch, and only a few managed. The people who didn’t get out were practicing beach starts. The people who got out were doing racing and managed to fit 3 in before dinner.

DSC_0169After dinner the group split into 2 and one was those who wanted to race and the other one was those who didn’t. The racing group went out but after a while they were told that the racing wasn’t going to be happening so were allowed to blast around. The other group were beach starting and sailing to a buoy. The weekend ended with a final de-brief showing the stuff for the ET’s and a group shot on the climbing frame.


And also a write-up by Lucy Howell

On the 9th and 10th of April 2016 the north and midlands zone squad visited Colwyn Bay in Wales. On the Saturday we didn’t have much wind for a change so we learned about tides and start lines. Some of the things that we learned we had to do on a start line are check if the line is bias or not, take a transit, set watch and know how many laps we are doing. When we got on the water in the morning we learned how to cope with swell and no wind.

In the afternoon we did start lines and practised accelerating off the line we also learned more about how tides can affect your starts. On Sunday we had around 15 knots but lots of waves in the morning we all attempted to get out and race but due to the challenging conditioned not many people managed to race. So in the afternoon some of the more confident sailors went out and raced some more but the rest of the squad stayed close to shore and learned how to launch and come in safely and quickly in waves.

Thank you to all the coaches for an excellent and beneficial weekend and a big thanks to all the parents for bringing us and helping us all weekend.

Weymouth Winter Training

We aim to get either sailors or coaches to write a little about how the training or event went and to find out about the progress of sailors and participants. However, it appears that UKJS member Ben Tweedle can edit faster than most people can write. Here is his take on the camp. Looks like a lot of fun!

And for some nice pictures of the camp have a look here.