TACKING, GYBING AND EVALUATION ON DAY 2 AT 420 CLINIC IN CZECH REPUBLIC
Day 2 of the International 420 Class Clinic on Tuesday 26 September put the focus on gybing technique as well as ongoing training on the tacking sessions from day one.
Teams from Hungary also joined the clinic for day two, which started in the morning with an on-shore gybing session. Lead coach Nikos Drougkas spent individual time with each team, breaking down the stages of a gybe with one-to-one training for the sailors. After Nikos’ demonstration, each coach then supported their teams and worked through the gybing procedure.
The second part of the morning session was on-water, enabling coaches and sailors to practice their newly acquired knowledge on gybing, and review their tacking skills from the first day.
Immediately after lunch, Nikos held a video evaluation giving sailors the chance to review their mistakes and improvements. Then onto the second on-water session with repetitions of gybes and tacks. Nikos even got on some of the boats enabling him to show sailors the exact moment they should perform the particular step of the manoeuvre.
The day ended with another video debrief after dinner to help facilitate learning. During these theory sessions, Nikos teaches the young sailors not only how to sail, but importantly how to effectively evaluate their training and performance outcomes back on shore as well. This approach is based on thorough note taking for future reference.
This first ever 420 Coaches and Sailors Clinic in the Czech Republic is taking place from 25- 29 September at Jachetní klub Černá v Pošumav. The five day clinic will focus on sharing extensive knowledge and smart methods of transferring learning and techniques to sailors to achieve their training and racing aspirations. The clinic is split into morning and afternoon sessions, with a mix of class room theory and on the water practical, including:
- Boat preparation
- Tacking and Gybing
- Mark Rounding
- Tactics and Race Strategy
- Boat Handling
- Racing Rules of Sailing
Lead Coach, Nikos Drougkas (GRE) will also introduce the 420 Exercise e-Book and how it can be best used by coaches and sailors. This online training resource is targeted at providing world class training techniques and strategies on Performance Improvement for Coaches and Sailors, and provices a selection of carefully chosen performance training exercises, with accompanying video and commentary to provide sailors and coaches with a step by step path to improving their skills. From covering boat set-up to techniques at mark roundings, strategies and tactics on the startline to gybing in strong winds, the e-Book covers a diverse range of training exercises.
The 420 to the Max video is also part of the 420 knowledge toolkit and introduces a range of specific techniques, demonstrates how to master them in different wind and sea conditions and what to consider when undertaking a range of manoeuvres.