Gill National Youth Development Squad - Session 4

White Mirror dinghy running with spinnaker

The weekend was based on strategy. From a helm's perspective I feel like my knowledge on shifts have improved and I need to improve on my lay lines. On the first day we started off with some gybing and tacking on the whistle then went into some races concentrating on strategy upwind and downwind and we played the game "Bob",

Gill National Youth Development Squad - Session 3

A dark blue GRP Mirror sailing downwind with spinnaker

In the third of the mirror training course, the sailors were sailing at Draycote Water SC, where, unlike the first two weeks, there was a decent breeze. The three pairs of sailors arrived at the club bright and early to have a brilliant weekend of learning taught by Niki Birrell, the two-time Paralympic medallist.

Gill National Youth Development Squad - Session 2

Mischiefcentric photos by Alex Simpson - click to expand

The Second session of the Gill sponsored NYDS training again took place at Shustoke Sailing Club on the weekend of 4th & 5th of February 2017.

Once again the winds were a light 3-5 knots considering the forecast earlier in the week were giving out 70 mph winds.

One place available in Gill NYDS 2016 - 2017

A beige GRP mirror dinghy being sailed in the winter

If any budding young Mirror sailors are interested, a place has become available in the Gill UK National Youth Development Squad (NYDS). The squad will meet for 5 weekends over the winter, at Shustoke SC and Draycote Water SC and possibly again nearer the 2017 National and World championships.
If anyone is interested in top level training from our squad coach Niki Birrell, who is a former paralympic gold medal winner, then please email me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 07990585798.

Niki Birrell to coach the Gill National Youth Developement Squad

The GBR SKUD 18 sailing at the 2012 Paralympics

Niki Birrell, who won a bronze medel in the SKUD 18 at London 2012 & Rio 2016 Paralympics, is to coach the Gill National Youth Development Squad 2016 - 2017.

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