The Squadron Keelboat Program (SKP) is a performance keelboat training program for both Members and non-members aged between 13 – 23 years.
It was founded in 2000 and 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 supported by the SKP management team of Zac Quinlan, Angus Stranack and RSYS Captain of Sailing Karyn Gojnich.
The SKP comprises two squads:
Junior Squad aimed at dinghy sailors (13 – 18 yrs old) or previous participants of RSYS keelboat camps and introduces the sailors to keelboat racing at a State level.
Senior Squad for sailors (17 – 23 yrs old) who are currently competing at a National level in either dinghies or keelboats and aims to provide them with opportunities to compete at International keelboat events including on the Youth Match Racing Circuit.
Regattas include Sailing Champions League, National Champions League, The Hardy Cup, the Nespresso, Centreport and Harken Champoionships.
In 2015, RSYS commissioned a fleet of new Elliott 7 keelboats. The Elliott 7 is a one design performance keelboat, specifically designed for Youth development squads and keelboat training courses. The boats are extremely versatile and have been set up to for both symmetrical and asymmetrical spinnakers.
Regattas & Racing
SKP participants will have the opportunity to be selected to represent our Club at various regattas and competitions across Australia and internationally. Participants of the program will also compete in the Club’s ‘Mini B’ one design series on Saturdays to test the skills and knowledge they have learned throughout the program.
If you have any queries, please contact the SKP Manager Zac Quinlan at firstname.lastname@example.org or Tel: +61 2 9017 0154.