Yacht racing, described by Jim Saltonstall (GB Olympic Team Coach) as ‘the most challenging and complex sport in the world’ combines many different aspects, from self-preparation, team-work and boathandling through to tactics and meteorology. It therefore gives excellent opportunities for improving sailing skills.
The BESC organises and participates in a program of yacht racing, comprising both training and racing, By bringing together experienced yacht racers with ambitious sailors new to competitive sailing, Team Ingotism increases the yacht racing experience of BESC members. Annual highlights in the racing calendar are the BESC regatta and John Lewis regatta. Training and racing mainly takes place in the Solent on chartered racing yachts.
Anyone with a reasonable level of general sailing competence may join the team – no previous racing experience is needed. Crews are then selected from the team for any particular event depending on personal availability, skill, and the nature of the event.
All members are recommended to try racing at some point as it is an excellent way of improving general sailing skills as well as learning about the more competitive side of yachting. Many ex-members have gone on to compete in other boats in offshore races like the Fastnet or regular inshore racing in the UK and abroad.
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