Manx Youth Sailing Squad

Proud to have trained two World Champions, UK Inland Champion and numerous sailors who have recorded podium positions and top 10 results at World, European and National championships.

Formed in 2008 with a brief to deliver high level race coaching to a squad of Manx junior sailors and to take them to the National and Inland Championships in the UK each year.  The RS Tera is the class of choice for the team.

We support, encourage, nurture and train our sailors. 

Giving youngsters self belief, courage and confidence. 

Delivering excellence through an ethos of start small – grow strong…

We give our youngsters firm roots to grow their future careers from.

We rely on sponsorship and we are delighted to have the support of FIM Capital and from the island’s leading offshore law firm Appleby.  Sponsorship enables us to provide our sailors with high quality boats, sails, coaching, entry fees and the support network needed to to make this happen.  We are also grateful for the support of Isle of Man Steam Packet Company who help with travel to and from the Island.

2019 Training Dates

27 & 28 April

18 & 19 May

15 & 16 June

27 & 28 July

 

MYSS Hall of Fame

2018

UK End of Season Overall Rankings: 7th Peter Cope (Pro), 7th Teddy Dunn (Sport)

RS Tera World Championship at Weymouth: Teddy Dunn Gold Fleet 9th .

Nickolas Ellis Silver Fleet 1st


2017

UK End of Season Overall Rankings:  3rd Teddy Dunn, 6th Peter Cope

RS Tera Nationals at Weymouth: 6th Peter Cope

RS Tera Worlds at Carnac, Brittany: 12th Peter Cope.  With special note to Nickolas Ellis, Georgia Harding and Tom Whitbread, 1, 2, 3 off the start line – impressive moment for the Manx in a fleet of 65 boats!

RS Tera Inlands at Rutland: 6th Peter Cope

RS Tera Start of Seasons: 3rd Teddy Dunn, 6th Peter Cope


2016

RS Tera World Championship, Spain: 3rd Ben Batchelor, 15th Alec Cope.

RS Tera National Championship, Pwlhelli: 3rd Ben Batchelor

RS Tera Inland Championship: 3rd Ben Batchelor

RS Tera Scottish Nationals: 3rd Teddy Dunn


2015

Start of Seasons: 5th Ben Batchelor

RS Tera Inlands: 9th Ben Batchelor

RS Tera Nationals: 3rd Ben Batchelor

RS Tera Worlds: 10th Ben Batchelor

At the end of the season Ben was ranked Number 1 in the RS Tera class in Great Britain! Ben is a recipient IOM Sport Aid Foundation support, this year his grant comes from the Mark Cavendish Foundation and Ben is delighted that Cav is following his progress on Twitter!


2014

Start of Seasons: 4th Ben Batchelor

RS Tera Northern Championship: 6th Matt Perry, 7th James Arnold

RS Tera Worlds: 14th Patrick Cope, 15th Ben Batchelor

RS Tera Inlands: 8th Ben Batchelor, 11th Patrick Cope, 15th Alec Cope


2013

RS Tera Nationals: 14th Ffinlo Wright

RS Tera Inlands: 6th Ffinlo Wright, 2nd (Sport fleet) Ben Batchelor

RS Tera Worlds: 15th Ben Batchelor (Sport fleet)

Coach Jen Kneale shortlisted for Coach of the Year at IOM Sports Awards


2012

RS Tera Worlds: 1st Greg Kelly,  4th Ffinlo Wright, 9th Amie Shute, 10th Ben Batchelor

RS Tera Nationals: 4th Greg Kelly, 8th Ben Batchelor (Sport), 14th Ffinlo Wright, 15th Amie Shute

RS Tera Inlands: 1st Greg Kelly, 9th Amie Shute, 14th Ffinlo Wright

Greg Kelly awarded RYA NW Region Young Sailor of the Year.


2011

RS Tera Nationals: 4th Greg Kelly, 5th Izzy Sharpe, 7th Amie Shute

RS Tera Worlds: 5th Amie Shute, 8th Izzy Sharpe, 4th (Sport fleet) Greg Kelly, 14th (Sport fleet) Ffinlo Wright

RS Tera Inlands: 4th Greg Kelly, 6th Ffinlo Wright, 14th Matt Perry


2010

James Kelly wins RS Tera Worlds! Hannah Howitt is 1st girl (5th overall), Izzy Sharpe 2nd girl (7th overall). 7th Greg Kelly (Sport fleet)

RS Tera Nationals: 10th Greg Kelly (Sport fleet), 14th Ffinlo Wright (Sport fleet).  11th Hannah Howitt, 14th Izzy Sharpe

RS Tera Inlands: MYSS wins the Team Prize.   3rd Izzy Sharpe, 6th Hannah Howitt, 12th Amie Shute, 14th James Kelly.  Sport fleet: 5th Greg Kelly, 10th Ffinlo Wright

Manx Youth Sailing Squad shortlisted for Team of the Year at IOM Sports Awards and Jen for Coach of the Year.


2009

Winners of RS Tera Nationals Team Trophy.  7th Greg Kelly, 8th James Kelly, 12th Izzy Sharpe

RS Tera Europeans: 6th James Kelly. 3rd Greg Kelly (under 12s)


2008

RS Tera Inlands: Greg Kelly wins the first race and finishes 3rd overall, with James Kelly, 10th and Izzy Sharpe 14th.


Back to the beginnings of squad…

Article written by Dave Kneale and featured in Manx Life Magazine, Febnruary 2011. Reproduced here with permission.

Following an incredible series of results the eight youngsters of Manx Youth Sailing Squad are braving the elements and getting back on the water. The winter training programme marks the start of their 2011 campaign which will culminate in July at the RS Tera dinghy World Championship in Denmark.

During 2010 young Manx sailors James Kelly and Hannah Howitt were crowned World Champions after a triumphant performance at the RS Tera World Championship in France, while the whole team secured the Team Champions Trophy at the UK’s Inland Championship.

These are no small feats for a squad formed only three years ago to give children aged thirteen and under the chance to compete in high-level racing events both at home and overseas.

For Jenni Quillin, proprietor of 7th Wave RYA Training Centre and founder of the MYSS, this is familiar territory.  By the age of eighteen she had already competed in two world championships in the Laser dinghy after being spotted by the coaches and selected for Great Britain’s Laser team.

“Competitive sailing is an extraordinarily complicated business,” she explains, “it’s not just about who sails fastest on the day. There’s a huge amount of knowledge and experience involved: boat setup, complex rules, tides, weather, fitness, nutrition and strategy.  It’s about being able to sail well in any weather, while constantly making all kinds of tactical decisions. It takes concentration, maturity and as much time on the water as you can get.”

Her idea of forming a racing squad began to take shape after teaching dozens of young sailors at 7th Wave. “I wanted to give our sailors a better chance than I’d had; I wanted them to go to a championship having had plenty of training beforehand, a coach on location and a team around them for support.”

Sailing instructors from around the island formed the coaching team and went about selecting the sailors. In the summer of 2008 the first team of youngsters were invited to join the squad: brothers James and Greg Kelly, Izzy Sharpe, Hannah Howitt, Nick Parkes and Amie Shute, with Ffinlo Wright joining the team the following year. Using Tera dinghies borrowed from 7th Wave, training began in preparation for the squad to compete at the 2008 Tera Inland Championship in the UK.

“Sailing in a big fleet for the first time, with 30 identical boats on a start line, is a big step up from our local dinghy racing. Even for adults it can be intimidating, so we put no pressure on them for results. We just wanted them to experience that kind of racing.” 

It seems the young Manx sailors had other ideas. Greg Kelly, just ten years old at the time, won the first race and finished third overall, with older brother James finishing tenth.

“Getting two top ten results was more than we’d ever hoped for and a huge boost for the whole squad. They all came back believing they could do well.”

After a winter of coaching they returned to the UK for the Tera Nationals in 2009, which would prove to be a decisive moment for the squad. Their collective results secured them the National Team Champions trophy and all six youngsters were selected to compete for Great Britain at the 2010 Tera World Championship in France.

If the first year’s success had created ripples, this created tidal waves: “Bringing home the Team Trophy was a great achievement. But to have the entire team selected for the GBR squad was unbelievable.” 

Donations from the Manx Lottery Trust, AM Limited and Skandia allowed the squad to buy six new Tera dinghies to replace the ageing training boats and the sailors were invited to four training weekends in the UK in preparation for the World Championship. Between the time out of school and the expense of travelling, however, it was obvious that regular attendance would be impractical. 

From her teenage experiences attempting to participate in the GBR training programme while studying for her A-Levels on the Island, Jenni understood the challenges involved: 

“For me it was a logistical nightmare; family and friends in the UK would get the boat from A to B, while I would travel from the Island on my own, getting there however I could. I could barely carry all the kit on my back,” she laughs, “one bag with a wetsuit, buoyancy aid and spare clothes, plus the sails, rudder and daggerboard, ropes, tackle and tools.”

This is a common problem for island-based athletes, so a plan was hatched to bring GBR Team coach Jonathan Lewis to the Island, supplementing the training offered by the core coaching team of Rob Cowell, Phil Hardisty, Donald Edwards and Jenni. “It made much more sense to bring the coach to the sailors. To have brand new racing boats and the undivided attention of a national coach took things to a new level”.

Jonathan ran four intensive training weekends before the squad headed to France to compete at the RS Tera World Championship in July 2010. Taking advantage of the strong winds throughout the week, James Kelly led the overall standings from day one and clinched the gold medal with a day to spare, a commanding performance which capped an outstanding week of results for the MYSS.  Hannah Howitt and Izzy Sharpe were the top two girls in the fleet, crowning Hannah as the RS Tera World Ladies Champion.

“The results are down to the hard work and dedication of the whole squad and a huge volunteer effort behind the scenes. Training is tough, especially in winter, but the kids are always smiling, always happy and always pushing themselves to do better. When Jonathan came over for his first training weekend, he said ‘we could have a world champion in this room.’ It turns out we had two!”

As well as preparing the five youngsters who will contest the World Championship, 2011 will see new recruits Ben Batchelor and Matthew Petts make their UK debuts at the Tera National Championship in July and a new intake of youngsters will be invited to join the squad in the spring.

Jenni and the team are helping the squad’s older sailors make the move into bigger, faster boats and a chance at selection for the Island Games sailing team and the GBR Transition Squad, which helps young racers progress into Olympic classes like the Laser. 

“It feels like we’re all part of a big family so it’s a little emotional seeing them outgrow the Tera dinghies and take the next step. It’s amazing what they’ve achieved, both as individuals and as part of a team. To me though, they’re simply here to learn, make friends and enjoy themselves, that’s my job as a coach. It’s a privilege to be there to help them grow in ability and confidence as they become young adults.”