Team sailing is a specialised and highly tactical form of sailing. Extensive use of the racing rules and use of tactics and team cooperation make it an ideal sport for middle and senior school students.
The teams use Pacer sailing boats and two opposing teams of 3 boats compete over a short course. Each boat contains a skipper and a crew. A team consists of 6 students plus 1 or 2 reserves.
The winner of any race is decided by the combined finishing position of all three boats in a team, rather than the first individual boat. A series of races are conducted between all teams to decide the final placing.
Students in Years 7 to 11 are invited to join Walford Sailing in Term 4. Students entering Year 12 continue to sail in Term 1 of their final year.
Edwina Cooper (2011)
Learn to Sail
The season begins with an introduction to sailing to be held over two days in the October school holidays. Beginners and experienced sailors are invited to participate.
Joining Walford Sailing
Following this introduction, at the start of Term 4, students are invited to make a commitment to sailing as a school sport over Term 4, 2014 and Term 1, 2015.
Training Venues and Times
Training sessions are held after school on Fridays (3.40pm – 7pm) in Terms 1 and 4.
All training sessions are held at:
The Adelaide Sailing Club (ASC)
Barcoo Road, West Beach
Phone: 08 8294 3232
Dates and location of 2014/15 season regattas and the 2015 State Sailing Championships have not been released yet.
The team will be transported by bus between Walford and the Adelaide Sailing Club (ASC) on each Friday training day, leaving immediately after school. Parents are expected to collect their daughters from the ASC at the conclusion of training at 7pm. Parents also need to transport their girls to and from the venue on Sunday regatta days.
A term fee is charged to the school account. This includes transport, coaching and boat hire for all events with the exception of the October holiday Learn to Sail course and participation in the April State Championships. These events will be charged separately.
We have the service of highly skilled coaches and former Walford Captain of Sailing, Edwina Cooper, who runs the training sessions and coaches the regatta teams.
All girls must wear PFD and must be competent swimmers. New girls who are trying sailing and have not yet made a commitment can borrow PFDs. All girls must wear bathers, board shorts, a rash-top and a hat. School-owned or personal spray-jackets should be worn. In cold weather, wetsuits or old leggings are recommended. Waterproof boots, deckshoes or old sneakers should be worn to protect the feet.
We have been well served by parent support in previous years and it is hoped that this will continue. It is a condition of entry to the YSA regattas that each participating school provides two parents on the day for supervision and assistance.