NSW Sailing Team



The NSW Youth Sailing Team (YST) is the underpinning program to the State Sailing Performance Program (SSPP - NSWIS) and is managed & funded by Australian Sailing (AS). Both programs operate under the NSW Sailing Team banner.


The objectives of the YST are to:

  • Develop the skills of talented youth sailors to help them succeed at interstate level competition.
  • Achieve selection into the Australian Youth Sailing Team to represent Australia at the World Sailing Youth Championships.
  • Provide access to the High Performance Pathway structure. Set examples and inspire junior & youth sailors.    

The YST provides squad based coaching support for identified athletes selected from designated junior and youth classes. Athletes are educated about the SSPP to enable a smooth transition into that program should a sailor qualify for this support in future years.

Classes for 2017-18 are: Optimist, Laser 4.7, Laser Radial, 29er, 420, and Nacra 15.


Coaching will be conducted by State Performance Coaches to ensure high quality coaching for athletes in the program so as to develop the skills required to perform at national level and be in consideration for an SSPP (NSWIS) Scholarship in the future.

The minimum contact days (training and events) for Optimist will be 30 and for all other classes 50. The program will go into recess following the Australian Youth Championships in Jan 2018 until the next edition commences in Apr/May 2018.

Accommodation and supervision outside of the actual training and racing sessions is not provided at camps or regattas.

With the NSW Institute of Sport (NSWIS) re-joining Sailing as a performance program partner from 1 Jan 2017, sailors that are offered (& take up) scholarships in the 2017-18 SSPP will not be required to sign up for the YST. However, the two groups will train and compete together from time-to-time under coaches from either program so as to provide greater synergy & connection between the programs and larger fleet training opportunities.

Selection Process

Selection to the 2017 YST is via application and the following table summarises the process:



1st February

Applications for YST open CLICK HERE to apply

1st March

Application process closes

12th March

YST Try Out Day (Venue in Sydney TBC)

15th March

YST invitations distributed (except N15)

22nd March

Sailors’ YST invitation acceptances or declines due

29th April

Compulsory YST Induction - venue TBC (in Sydney)

All applicants in double-handed classes need to provide details of their proposed crew.

The Try Out day will not be applicable to current YST members who will remain in the same class and pairing as 2017, for all others a determination as to required attendance will be made in conduction with the program coaches ASAP after applications close.

Invitations for Nacra 15 will only be made after the Nacra 15 Australian Youth Championships being held from 14-17 April, and those selected will be required to attend the Induction Day on 29 April.

The AS National Performance Program is the responsible authority for making all decisions and determinations regarding the application of these selection criteria and for all other matters relating to this document. Sailors must advise the AS Performance Pathway Officer – NSW/ACT of their acceptance of an offer by the due date specified in the Letter of Offer.

Advertising a class for selection does not guarantee that a squad will be selected in that class. AS reserve the right not to select a squad. This decision will be made by management, upon advice from program coaches, and is not an opportunity for appeal.  

Sailors from Non-World Sailing Youth Pathway Classes are encouraged to apply, however they will be expected to commit to sailing a World Sailing Youth Pathway Class for the duration of the 2017-18 YST.

Athletes must sign the YST Athlete Agreement (incl. Parent Agreement & Code of Conduct) before commencing in the program.

Coach supported regattas - Youth Classes

QLD Youth Week June/July 2017
NSW Youth Championships October 2017
State Class Championships Various TBC
Sail Sydney December 2017
National Class Championships December 2017 - January 2018
Australian Youth Championships January 2018

Coach supported regatta - Optimist

QLD Youth Week  June/July 2017
NSW Youth Championships  October 2017
National Class Championships  January 2017


A per athlete contribution of $1,200 (incl. GST) is required for all classes, except Optimist which will be $750 (incl. GST), to assist in covering the costs of providing coaching at the selected events and training. Full payment is required by 31 May 2017 unless otherwise agreed by AS.

AS provides the remaining funding for this coaching/ development program. Athlete related expenses for training and regatta attendance are the athlete’s sole responsibility.


Tristan Brown, AS Performance Pathway Officer – NSW/ACT: tristan.brown@sailing.org.au

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