Squadron Keelboat Program

About

The Squadron Keelboat Program (SKP) is a performance keelboat training program for sailors between 13 – 23 years old.

Founded in 2000 the SKP provides the opportunity for youth sailors to become involved in keelboat racing at a state, national and international level. The program also places a significant emphasis on assisting sailors in getting onto larger yachts to compete in the RSYS summer and winter seasons including the offshore series.

The program utilises the Squadron’s fleet of Elliott 7 sports boats and other Squadron owned vessels to develop sailors’ boat handling skills to an advanced level. The program is coached by Nev Wittey, a previous America’s Cup skipper and Olympian, and is supported by the SKP management team of Zac Quinlan, Jack Littlechild and RSYS Captain Karyn Gojnich.

Junior Squad

The SKP junior squad is targeted at sailors aged 13 – 18 years old who have been active dinghy or keelboat sailors and are able to demonstrate a high level of fleet racing skills.

The junior squad train once a week and focus on developing an intermediate to a high standard of boat handling skills in the Squadron’s fleet of Elliott 7s.

Sailors within this squad will have the opportunity to compete at a number of target regattas listed and will also receive assistance from the SKP management team to get onto yachts for RSYS Saturday racing.

Senior Squad

The SKP senior squad is targeted at sailors aged 17 – 24 years old who have demonstrated a high level of sailing ability at a national level or have previously participated in the SKP. The senior squad focuses on refining sailors boat handling and match racing skills to an advanced level.

Sailors in this squad will have the opportunity to compete at national and international keelboat events and will be assisted by the SKP management team to sail on yachts participating in the RSYS winter and summer series.

Squadron Keelboat Program Regattas

Program Documents

SKP Program Handbook 2021/2022 – Click Here

SKP Calendar 2021/2022 – Click Here

SKP Social Media

RSYS Facebook – Click Here

RSYS Instagram – Click Here

SKP Instagram – Click Here

RSYS Latest News – Click Here

Contact Us

Jack Littlechild (SKP Coordinator)

E: keelboats@rsys.com.au

Ph: +61 9017 0153

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