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    Posted: 22 Nov 11 at 5:33pm
I thought that this looked a lonely forum so I ask how do people get in to match racing at a youth level?
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I got into it at university, some clubs such as Royal Thames and Royal Southern have MR development programs I think but it is very very limited.
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It's not easy, my parents did it so I had access but it's not easy cold turky. Also depends on where u live, etc...
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i know of a few courses at lymington town on match racing and a few really experienced guys if you want to get involved LOL
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Originally posted by Don Novello

It's not easy, my parents did it so I had access but it's not easy cold turky. Also depends on where u live, etc...

Rubbish - it's super easy. 
  • 2 boats of the same - run what you brung it doesn't matter much, 
  • 3 buoys and you're away. Setup a short startline and a windward mark (100m upwind will do for starters in a dinghy, bit longer for keelboats) set the course as upwind, downwind thru finish. 3-2-1 go and you're done
  • Don't need start/finish boat, don't need an umpire. just get on a give it a whirl.
You'll be amazed about what you learn about boat handling, manoeuvring in a very short space of time. Rules disputes - remember / jot down in a notepad and go through them afterwards with the call book and you should be able to nail some/most of them down

For a year at uni - a mate and I was always 'first to the lake' on a wednesday and we'd go out with our crews and spend 20/30 minutes doing the above. Funnily enough when we got onto the team practice later, we'd always be the sharpest for the next 30 mins or so...
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Agreed, on occasion we do it to train teams of newcomers, two boats, four teams, they rotate, alternately racing, running start sequence and the race and rescue boat training, great fun.
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Sign up for the RYA match racing facebook group.
https://www.facebook.com/groups/356553504445646/?fref=ts

There may still be spaces at the last winter match race in Portland, a weekend specifically aimed at less experienced match racers. 
http://www.rya.org.uk/racing/jm2matchteam/matchracing/Pages/WinterMatchRacing.aspx

Download the call book from the ISAF website
http://www.sailing.org/documents/caseandcall/call_book_match.php

NorthU have some resources. 
http://www.northu.northsails.com/OntheWater/MatchRacing/MatchRacingPlaybook/tabid/26733/language/en-US/Default.aspx



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