Expert Coaching in the Top End

Kieran Schortz, 9 May 2016

On the Mayday long weekend an interstate coach Mark Tonner-Joyce flew up to Darwin to do a three day coaching camp with the NT Sailing Team and some of the top NT junior sailors. The group of sailors consisted of three 29ers, two Lasers (one 4.7 and one radial) and two Minnows. It was a great long weekend of sailing with Mark sharing is knowledge and lots of his great tips and tricks on how to win races. The wind was great the whole weekend which helped the group get so much done in the little time that they had together. Mark also conducted a seminar on Saturday night that was open to members of the DSC on how to “Jump to the Front” off the start line and the first upwind beat. This was a great seminar and it outlined lots of different techniques and ways to round the top mark with a good chance of winning. Mark, apart from being a sailing coach and being involved in many other sports also runs a website called Crackersports. This website allows top level sailors and coaches from around Australia to share their thoughts and ideas on different sailing topics. Mark helped all of the group log in to the site and showed us all how to use it. Overall the long weekend was very productive and the whole group benefitted greatly from having the training camp with Mark.

On behalf of the NT Sailing Team I would like to give another big thankyou to Mark Tonner-Joyce, Gary Martin, Tom Vincent, Tom Winter, Jenny Simondson and the YNT for organising and helping to run this camp, everyone who participated is very grateful for it.



NT Sailors junp at the chance for training

Gary Martin - 9 May 2016

On 30 April 2016, YNT organised an interactive seminar at the Darwin Sailing Club for NT sailors. The seminal titled “Jump to the Front” was conducted by Mark Tonner-Joyce and gave the sailors an international coach’s insight and experience into how to make the most of the race start and first beat to jump to the front of the fleet. A number of sailors who attended the seminar took the chance to put their thoughts forward and receive expert feedback on the best starting positions and tactics to use in being in the leading group of boats to reach the first windward mark.

Topics covered by Mark included prestart preparation, starting strategy, course areas and favoured sides. With the use of videos, slides and two way discussions everyone agreed that the knowledge gained at the seminar was rewarding and the shared experience was worthwhile repeating with other visiting coaches. YNT would like to thank Mark Tonner-Joyce for sharing his experience. YNT would also like to thank the Darwin Sailing Club for the use of their training facilities.



Nautical Supplies 2016 NT Sailing Youth Cup

Gary Martin 3 May 2016

The 2016 Nautical Supplies, Northern Territory Sailing Youth Cup (NTSYC) is Yachting NT’s series for Junior and Youth classes. This series is based on the same concept as the ISAF Sailing World Cup but specifically for junior and youth sailors, to build fleet numbers and racing experience at the Darwin Sailing Club.

The series is comprised of eight established Darwin Sailing Club events that many sailors already compete in. Using the results of those events a high score points system will be applied to calculate Nautical Supplies NTSYC winners in each class.

The youth classes used for the series are: 29er, Laser, Minnow.

There is no entry fee and no need to register for the series; Yachting NT will obtain the results from each of the nominated events from the Darwin Sailing Club to score the series. 

The top 5 boats in each class event will only receive points. For example first will be scored 5 points, second 4, etc.…and fifth 1 point. A boat finishing in sixth place or worse is scored zero.

The Notice of Race for the NT Sailing Cup is available by following the link below.

The winners of Nautical Supplies NTSC will be announced at the Darwin Sailing Club Presentation night in November 2016, where prizes will be presented.

Further information about Nautical Supplies Northern Territory Sailing Cup or for any questions please contact Yachting NT, email – nt@yachting.org.au




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