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North Sails Ireland Team Coaching in Norway & Howth Yacht Club

11th April 2018
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A screen shot from a practice start video from the North Sails Ireland 'Speedcamp' in Norway last weekend. Scroll down for video. A screen shot from a practice start video from the North Sails Ireland 'Speedcamp' in Norway last weekend. Scroll down for video.

2016 Melges 24 World Champion Maurice "Prof" O'Connell & Nigel Young from North Sails Ireland were invited to Bergen in Noway to run a 'Speedcamp' for the Scandinavian fleet last weekend. 

Over 50 sailors took part over the three day event.

The clinic focused on boathandling techniques (tacks, gybes, sets, drops, acceleration and deceleration) and straight line boatspeed (upwind and downwind).

Prof was using his experience from the successful five year 'Embarr' campaign that led to his World Championship win in December 2016. Nigel has been racing at a high level in the class since the mid-90s.

Video footage was shot each day and the de-briefs in Askoy YC were 'packed to the doors', according to Prof.

Practice start video: 

Nigel & Prof Interview in Norway video: 

This weekend the North Sails Ireland team are looking forward to coaching on the water in Howth YC for the Spring Warmer series. Again, video analysis will be used on the day to assist in the de-briefs ashore after sailing and it is expected that sail trim, crew manoeuvres, race strategy and starting techniques will be hot topics! First gun in Howth is at 1057 this Saturday.

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