New Branding for 2 YNT Sailing Programs


Gary Martin May 2015

YNT has adopted two new brands for YouthSail and Junior Sail.  These brands will be used to identify the important sailing programs conducted by YNT and its affiliated Clubs. Along with the NT Sailing Team and the Tackers brands they will be instantly recognisable as symbols of quality sailing programs and YNT’s continued commitment to youth sailing by developing and supporting a pathway for young sailors in the NT.

YNT YouthSail & Junior Sail 2015


Gary Martin May 2015

YNT will conduct 2015 YouthSail and Junior Sail at the Darwin Sailing Club from 27 June to 2 July 2015. YNT has secured Ben Gunther as the visiting Coach for 2015. Ben has raced at a world class level in Laser Radials, Laser Standard Rigs, 420s and 470s. His latest result was a 9th place at the Laser Radial Worlds Championships in Poland, 2014. During Ben’s years in the Laser Standard Rig and 470 he has been a member of the Australian Sailing Development Squad and a training partner for Mathew Belcher and Malcolm Page during their 2012 Olympic campaign, under the guidance of Olympic Coach Victor Kovalenko. For the past 3 years Ben has been coaching a range of classes at a national level, primarily Laser 4.7s and Laser Radials. Ben was also the support coach for the NT Sailing Team at the 2014 and 2015 National Championships in Perth WA. Ben is still racing in the Laser Class at state events in Victoria and is currently training to race a Kite Board at the upcoming Sail Melbourne ISAF World Cup in December. Ben has a wealth of sailing experience to share making him an excellent coach for YouthSail 2015. 

While in the NT Ben will be supported by Tom Vincent the newly appointed NT High Performance Coach.  Tom is currently coaching the NT Sailing Team and participating in the NTIS Coach Development Program. This combination of coaching will allow Ben and Tom to coach both YouthSail and Junior Sail entrants together during the morining sessions and give Ben time to concentrate on the YouthSail sailors during the afternoons when the winds should be stronger.

To be eligible to enroll in YouthSail, you must be a current financial Junior Member of a YNT affiliated club and have a current Yachting Australia Youth membership. Applicants must have reached a minimum level of Discover Sailing, Better Sailing in the Yachting Australia Dinghy Program, or be assessed at that level by a qualified instructor.

To be eligible for Junior Sail you must be a current financial Junior Member of a YNT affiliated club and have a current Yachting Australia Youth membership. Applicants must be competent sailors to at least Tackers 3 Level or Discover Sailing, Start Sailing 2, or competed in a National Championship.

 Note: Sailors who have not reached the required entry level for either YouthSail or Junior Sail may arrange to be assessed by a qualified Discover Sailing Instructor for their competence at the required level. Assessments should be conducted by 6 June and arranged by the applicant in their own time at their expense.

From 2016 onward all YouthSail applicants will be required to have completed Better Sailing before enrolling.  

To enroll please complete the application form below and return it with the fee to the Darwin Sailing Club office between the hours of 10am and 5pm. before 27 June 2015.


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