The British Keelboat Academy is a partnership between UKSA and RYA and supports young people aged between 18 and 24 in developing the skills needed to take their keelboat yacht racing to the next level, whether that is as a professional or an amateur.
Since the programme’s inception in 2003, ex-programme sailors have gone on to join Land Rover Ben Ainslie Racing America’s Cup team, Volvo Ocean Race teams, TP52 Super Series, Class 40 and Figaro programmes as well as racing on the World Match Race Tour and various other One Design and offshore programmes.
Sailors will receive coaching from a multitude of different experts across the sport gaining invaluable skills, experience and knowledge that will progress them in the world of keelboat racing.
The 2016 season will be split into three programmes; the One Design Programme, the Inshore Big Boat Programme and the Offshore Programme – each focusing on a different area. BKA sailors will train with their preferred squad but will also have opportunity to experience other areas of the sport throughout the season. The programme will not restrict the sailor in to one of the three areas but will actively encourage everyone to challenge themselves across the sport, creating new opportunities.
Training includes the dates below plus a programme of RORC and JOG races to be agreed with fellow squad members.
British Keelboat Academy Winter training dates (all sailors required to attend these dates):
28 November All
15-17 January All
12-14 February All
11-13 March All
18-20 March Inshore Only
1-3 April Offshore and One Design only
9 October Review
To apply for the British Keelboat Academy, you need to be aged between 18-24 years old during the squad year. You need to have a British passport and be available to train and race on the south coast. The programmes include fitness sessions aimed at improving every sailor’s personal fitness.
BKA applications close at 9am on 19 October. To apply, please visit: http://www.rya.org.uk/PROGRAMMES/BKA/GET-INVOLVED/Pages/Howtoapply.aspx