British Keelboat Academy confirms 2015 line up
 
The British Keelboat Academy (BKA) is pleased to announce that the next wave of Britain’s aspiring young keelboat sailors have now been confirmed for the 2014-15 season.
 
With over 80 applications for the joint keelboat racing initiative between the RYA and UKSA, the BKA will welcome a cohort of 50 sailors for the forthcoming season, almost doubling the uptake of sailors from last year’s programme.
 
Split into three individual programmes – One Design, Inshore and Offshore – next year’s academy boasts some of the most promising new keelboat talent in the country encompassing a range of new and existing squad members.
 
Managed and delivered by UKSA, the BKA is an RYA programme developing 18 to 24 year old British Keelboat sailors, working with them across all areas of the sport. The aim of the programme is to help sailors learn the skills and make industry contacts that will enable them to develop their sailing within the area they would like to pursue.
 
The squad recently spent their first weekend together at Bath University where they were given an introduction to the BKA programme, put through their paces in a number of fitness tests whilst also receiving specialist talks from Bath University’s Sport Science Team.
 
New recruit, Patrick Condy from Argyll, Scotland, who has this year been selected for the BKA Inshore programme, said: “Being selected for the BKA is a fantastic opportunity which will give me the chance to train as part of a large squad and with people with different experience to me, it will also give me the chance to sail competitively on the south coast, somewhere new to me.”
 
“I’m hoping to expand my sailing knowledge through the expert coaches that are involved with the BKA and through participating in larger racing events with highly competitive fleets.”
 
Team development, campaign management and sailing technique will again form the BKA’s main focuses in 2015 whilst UKSA will also work on the personal development of each sailor, providing them with life skills which will enhance their futures, both in sailing and in all of their undertakings.
 
With sailors split between the three tiers, the One Design programme will welcome sailors who are starting out in keelboat racing and who are looking to challenge the international Etchells UK class youth selections trials, the Inshore programme will focus on bigger boat racing making use of the Farr 45 Kólga, kindly loaned by Rán Racing whilst the Offshore programme is a new programme for 2015 and is aimed at sailors interested in developing their offshore racing skills.
 
Fellow new recruit Gary Stones, 22 from Lymington, joins the BKA with a mixture of dinghy and yacht racing experience after having spent the past 18 months on a professional yacht racing programme on a Reichel Pugh 45 and then a TP52.
 
Looking to take his sailing career to the next level, Stones said: “I’m looking forward to developing as a sailor, both in terms of fitness levels and increasing my ever expanding knowledge of a sport which is now a way of life for me.”
 
“I decided to apply for BKA to expand my experience further back in the boat such as trimming or navigating having gained these skills on slightly smaller yachts. Being a part of BKA’s Farr 45 inshore programme will give me the opportunity to expand my list of contacts both with people within the Academy and also others we will meet as a squad collectively throughout the year.”
 
Nigel King, RYA Racing Keelboat Manager, commented: “I was really impressed with the standard and quality of applications this year. We received the largest amount since the programme’s inception and after consultation with the BKA head coaches we believe we have selected a group of sailors who are passionate, committed and determined to take their keelboat sailing to the next level.”
 
“We had a great day at Bath University which gave the new recruits the opportunity to get to know there fellow squad members whilst being put through a number of fitness tests. Thanks must go to Bath University for hosting us for the day and to their staff members who gave invaluable talks to our squad sailors on difference aspects of fitness and nutrition.”
The 2014-15 British Keelboat Academy members are:
Name
Town
Programme
Hugh Braidwood
Beccles
Etchell
James Morson
Edinburgh
Etchell
Matthew Brushwood
Olney
Etchell
Ollie Lobb
West Ewell
Etchell
Rory Davis
Forest Row
Etchell
Rosie Watkins
Broadstone
Etchell
Sophie Stockton
Taunton
Etchell
Thomas Corrigan
Southampton
Etchell
Alex Curtis
Weybridge
Inshore
Annabel Vose
Curdridge
Inshore
Bradley Mclaughlin
Newport
Inshore
Callum Gillard
Hordle
Inshore
Ed Davison
Ashford
Inshore
Ed Hampton-Matthews
Southampton
Inshore
Gary Stones
Lymington
Inshore
Isobel Mitchell
Clifton
Inshore
Jack Collings
Lymington
Inshore
Jack Trigger
Esher
Inshore
James Dodd
Barton On Sea
Inshore
James French
Newbridge
Inshore
Lily Lower
Burnham-on-Crouch
Inshore
Oliver Hancox
Jacobstowe
Inshore
Patrick Condy
Dunoon
Inshore
Alison Hinds
London
One Design
Callum Healey
Sutton Coldfield
One Design
Charlotte Harland
Reading
One Design
Charly Capon
Sarisbury Green
One Design
Christopher Cowan
Portchetser
One Design
Crystal Truman
London
One Design
Edward Connellan
Brigstock
One Design
Emma Wroblewski
Ashurst
One Design
Freddie Jones
Cowbridge
One Design
James Crampton
Droitwich
One Design
Julia Judd
St Margaret’s
One Design
Matthew Venables
Southampton
One Design
Oliver King
Paignton
One Design
Piers Hugh Smith
Henley-on-Thames
One Design
Ryan Tulloch
Ryde
One Design
Thomas Williams
Marford
One Design
Toby Wood
Ramsgate
One Design
Benjamin Davies
Sheffield
Offshore
Charlie Burton
Plymouth
Offshore
Hannah Peters
Rhosgoch
Offshore
Matthew Reeves
Torpoint
Offshore
Miles Ushaw
Leafield
Offshore
Nicole Ames
Falmouth
Offshore
Oliver Glanville
London
Offshore
Oliver Bray
Southampton
Offshore
Ollie Kemp
Wadhurst
Offshore
For more information about the British Keelboat Academy visit  www.britishkeelboatacademy.org, or follow the BKA on Facebook or on Twitter (@tweetbka).