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Thoughts beginning to turn to dreams of podium glory in your ILCA/Laser in 2024? Whether you are relatively new to club racing with one season under your belt or a seasoned virtuoso - would a week of intensive race training in the sun set your season off to a flying start? The week covers everything from boat tuning, tactics and boat handling to leave your competitors in your wake.

Expert ILCA/Laser coach Aaron Smith

As always the intensive ILCA/Laser training weeks are led by outstanding, experienced coaches. By popular demand this year you'll be in the safe hands of Aaron Smith. Aaron started off on the RYA Optimist UK National Squad with a string of podium positions, three national champion titles (also in the RS Feva) and representing Great Britain at several World Championships. He then transitioned to the Laser 4.7 (ILCA 4), worked his way up to the RYA Laser Radial (ILCA 6) UK National Youth Squad before transitioning to the Standard (ILCA 7), representing Great Britain at five World Championships across all three rig sizes: so whether you want to focus on racing the ILCA 4 (4.7), ILCA 6 (Radial)  or ILCA 7 (Standard): he’s your man.

Aaron then turned his hand to coaching in 2011, kicking off in the UK, where he focused on the RYA Optimist Zone/Development Squads. With an impressive list of 16 RYA instructor qualifications to his name he then spent five years at Wildwind so he is no stranger to all things Vassiliki from instructing/joyriding and “generally drinking too much”. Having spent several seasons as Chief Instructor and Centre Manager at The Andrew Simpson Centre in Lake Garda Aaron returned to Wildwind last year: he knows where his heart and the best wind conditions lie!

Only ten places on each clinic

Places are strictly limited to ten a week to guarantee exceptional personal attention so each person can focus on their own individual goals and needs for the best possible preparation for your season. If you are keen to join us we recommend you call as soon as possible because we're full on May 11th, have four places on May 4th and for May 18th we already have eight people booked - so only two places left.

UKLA (UK Laser Association) member verdict: “amazed. The boats are superb”

Niall Peel ILCA sailor and winner of the UKLA Wildwind holiday raved about his time with us:

“Having done several ‘dinghy beach club’ type holidays I have always been slightly disappointed that the boats have been old, average condition and the sails had no battens. I checked out the Wildwind fleet of ILCA’s first, and was honestly amazed. The boats were superb. Some were brand new built by Riotechna, and the sails were all new ILCA logo’s sails (which had battens), and on top of that they actually let you go sailing when it’s over 15 knots!”

As you wait for the season to start or your visit to Vass, take a look at Aaron’s video on how to improve your tacking skills as shown on Joyrider TV here  And Niall’s read full write up here for the UKLA website. 

UKLA Grand Prix Participation Wildwind Holiday Draw

Every time you enter a UKLA Grand Prix event you are allocated a ticket in the prize draw: so those who enter the most get the most chances to win. Could you be following in Niall’s footsteps and joining us in Vassiliki for a free one week sailing holiday? For more chances to win: attend more Grand Prix events this year!

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