Dinghy Duels Sailing Academy

Dinghy Duels Sailing Academy and Head Coach Vasilis Christodoulou offer a sailing youth development program in the Optimist class for ages 6‐14 and in the Olympic Laser class for ages 15‐21. Dinghy Duels Sailing Academy focuses on building fundamental sailing skills, strong character and confidence in and out of the water, safety and fair‐play, with full respect for the “Olympic Charter of Athletes’ Rights.”

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Conditions regarding the enrollment in the Academy

Α. Compass

Our goal is the development of youth sailor athletes and not their manipulation for purposes alien to athletics and irrespective to their expectations. As it is impossible to say who will eventually have the potentials to become a future Champion, we believe that every future sailor deserves specialised attention, in order to keep this perspective alive. The Academy focus on safety and fair-play, while cultivating a culture based on the “Athlete’s Ten Commitments” and the declaration of the “Olympic Charter of Athletes’ Rights”.

B. Ascertainment

Sailing is a sport regulated by unstable weather conditions, evolving equipment, patience and discipline. We do not believe in rapid training programs, but in hard work and dedication for reaching your goals. The Club understands that the frequency of attendance is sometimes subject to personal, social and family obligations of the athletes. However, it is clarified that great results in sailing come only by consistency in training and performance equipment; otherwise, it is emphasized to athletes and families, that expectations must be adjusted accordingly. Performance sailing in National and International level is eventually achieved when the athlete’s family commits to invest and adopt the relative guidance given by the Academy.

C.Conditions and clarifications

Participation Requirements

  1. Individuals, U18s or adults, who wish to participate in the Academy’s sailing activities, must have adequate swimming skills that do not require any buoyancy aids. The swimming skills must be demonstrated to the coach in charge in wavy In addition, it is required that the trainee has completed six (6) years of age, and to be able to change wet clothes to dry on his own, using a toweling poncho. The Academy reserves the right to reject or cancel a registration when the trainee’s behaviour or abilities, become a threat to his/her safety.
  2. Sailing is a physically demanding sport. Individuals who participate in sailing activities must have and maintain a proportional weight according to their height. This is a safety requirement to ensure sufficient agility when positioning in the boat. Following medical research, the proportional weight-to-height can be measured using the Body-To-Mass (BMI) index that is calculated as kilograms to meters squared (kg/m2). We generally apply the rule of thumb of advising candidates who would like to try the sport to aim for a BMI up to 20.
  1. Individuals who participate in sailing activities, must always carry the following essential sailing gear: personal buoyancy aid (50N) that must be worn at all times when afloat; sailing shoes; sailing gloves; sailing shorts; waterproof wrist watch with countdown; cap for sun-protection with safety clip; sun-block cream; sunglasses with safety line; drying towel; a bag for wet clothes. The Academy bears no liability for the loss or damage of personal equipment.
  2. It is our utmost priority to ensure the safety and wellbeing of all athletes. However, the Academy and the sailing club bear no liability for personal accidents on land or at sea, or the loss or damage of personal equipment. It is standard practice to maintain personal accident insurance and third-party insurance for potential accidents and replacement of damaged private boats or/and

Training

  1. The duration of a session comprises of sailing time and/or theory sessions, briefing & debriefing. Also includes rigging, launching, recovery, washing, stowage and maintenance of the boat, which are the duty of each sailor. Sailing sessions also include the regatta days. The duration and content of sailing sessions is subject to weather conditions and the content of the current training cycle. The training cycles are the following three: Boat handling | Speed | Tactics & Strategy.
  2. Τhe progress of a sailor is facilitated by wireless intercom as well as video and photo analysis. By viewing, the errors can be identified and then apply corrective comments. The archives shall be protected by the coach for educational purposes, and will only be available for viewing within the Academy. (If you do not agree, you can strikethrough this paragraph).
  3. The training & regattas schedule is regularly updated. During school-exams period, the schedule could adapt accordingly in consultation with the parents. For safety reasons, when forecasting adverse weather conditions (e.g., extreme temperatures, dead calm wind conditions, gale force winds and high dust levels), training or racing may be cancelled, or review the arrival time which is always announced from the previous day.
  4. All communication towards the parents and athletes, regarding schedule updates and sailor’s education, shall be made.All information sent to the families is of a confidential nature.
  1. Athletes’ arrival and departure must be on-time. Any delays will be in expense of the rest, because all activities are team-coordinated,
    while the scheduled duration of a session will not be prolonged in case of delays.
  2. Conditional on weather and the sailor’s level of expertise, sailing sessions may be performed on an individual basis or in groups of similar
    At the entry level of any class, the said conditions will also determine the duration and number of sailors who will be in the water at the same time; and to alternate with the rest of the sailors in the safety RIB. Training could include sailors of different levels.

Levels

  1. The training levels are four: 1. Trainee | 2. Fun Racing | Performance Racing. The durations of the training levels are not pre-defined while the transition from level to level is determined by the coach, according to the evaluation of these criteria: progress & devotion / strengthening & body evolution / attitude & commitment / family support. The same principle applies for the transition from Optimist to Laser or other Classes. The Academy keeps a record of attendance and measurements of body development and progress, to make evident evaluations.
  2. Upon the completion of Level 1 (Trainees) , the athlete is obliged to take at own expense, the necessary medical examinations in order to gain the required Health ID (ASYA) of the Cyprus Sports Authority Health Council and then enroll in the Club’s & CYSAF registry. Thereafter, the athlete will be allowed to participate in the Cyprus Championships, Rankings and Cups. The application is provided by the Academy. Athletes younger than 18 (U18) need their parents’ escort and written consent to be allowed to take part in National sailing events.
  3. Upon athlete’s registration in the Club’s registry, they have the privilege to take the ASA “American Sailing Association” offshore course at a reduced cost. After graduation the athlete becomes eligible to participate as a crew member in one of the Club’s offshore vessels.
  4. After the completion of the Level 1 (Trainee), the enrolment of the athlete’s family in the Club’s & Academy’s registry is mandatory, and it is completed with this document and the payment of the annual membership fee.

Boat Ownership

  1. Upon completion of Level 2 (Fun Racing), the athlete needs to invest at least in a private sail. Investing in a private boat spars and foils, fosters a sense of autonomy, responsibility and respect for the equipment on which the athlete’s safety and performance is depended.
  2. The Academy racing boats are chartered on a monthly basis, with the right of priority to the most consistent athletes of Level 3 (Performance racing). Trainees and Fun Racers use the training boats of the Academy. Any damage or loss to Academy equipment may be reimbursed by the user through compensation, replacement or repair.
  3. The Academy will inform in-time of the need to invest in a boat to avoid the unpleasant interruption of the athlete’s yield and The Academy may assist in finding a new or used equipment. The responsibility for maintaining the private boat rests solely with the owner, while the Academy shall give guidance on the proper way of maintaining and stowage the boat, as well as creating a personal boat-care kit. The Academy keeps a stock of basic boat parts available at cost prices when required.
  4. Adult sailors, who are Club members with private boats parked in the Academy’s premises, can only sail during the Academy’s operation days and hours, at their sole responsibility and in accordance with the regulations regarding the use of facilities and safety recommendations at sea. The Academy has obligation to monitor or provide coaching only to athletes with a health ID (ASYA) from 06-21 years old.

Parent’s & Guardian’s Input

  1. Parents and guardians are welcome to assist children during launching, recovery and loading (e. heavy-lifting work). This level of assistance must be determined only in consultation with the coach.
  2. Based on a roster, the presence of a parent or guardian at the Academy during training, with a supportive role at shore, is encouraged. During the lessons in Level 1 (Trainees) the presence and contribution of at least one parent / guardian is mandatory, in a manner to be determined by the coach.
  3. In coordination with the Academy, parents and guardians assist with the loading-unloading and undertake transportationof boats to the racing venues, by towing the trailers provided by the Club.
  4. The cost of subscribing to each event as determined by the organizing body is covered by the athletes’ families.
  5. Personal food supplies for training or regattas shall be delivered to the coach in a labeled flexible sealed package, to be stored in the cooler inside the safety RIB. Water or catalysts must be in a plastic canister with valve. Daily sufficiency in fluids is the responsibility of each athlete.
  6. Proper nutrition and in-time strengthening are essential elements in helping a sailor to perform in training and be prepared for future classes. The Academy suggests specialized strengthening equilibrium exercises as well as a nutrition program. The exercises are carried out at home in the presence of the parents or guardians, to ensure the correctness of the frequency and application of the exercises.

Policies

  1. Any sponsorship awarded, will be utilized for the Academy and its sailors, and not for any other purpose, alien to their benefit. Athletes are obliged to provide exposure to our strategic sponsors on their boats, sails, lifejackets and outfits, when requested by the Club. The cost of the promotional material will be covered by the sponsor.
  2. One of the ways that the Academy encourages the athletes to achieve their goals as set with their coach in each regatta, is the monetary reward in the form of a “bonus”. The accumulated bonus is given at the beginning of each new year for the previous racing season. The Academy suggests that the family encourages athletes to invest money in sailing (equipment & travels).
  3. National racing schedule is announced by CYSAF at the beginning of each year. In National rankings and championships of e.g. class Optimist, the training of Laser class might be postponed and vice versa. The affected athletes will be able to attend the event and benefit by watching the races from the safety RIB with their coach.
  4. With family consent, senior sailors shall be given opportunities to assist in teaching and coaching the junior sailors of level 1-3, and eventually be encouraged to attend relative training programs in the future.
  5. Participation in international regattas is scheduled by the family and coach at least 1-3 months prior to the selected event. The coach may accompany the athletes at family expense if requested, as long as his absent does not affect the smooth operation of the Academy’s program longtermly. The Academy also maintains collaborations with coaches and teams in Greece, utilizing the events there for the further development of its athletes.
  6. Parents, guardians, athletes and visitors, are obliged to read the Emergency Action Plan and acknowledge the marine and terrestrial environment of the Academy’s location as in the diagrams.

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