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For the first time in a while Tyler is moving back to his roots as a single handed coach. Tyler is a veteran of the single handed classes and competed in that style of sailing for the first twenty years of his life. He competed as a youth in the Laser and in the Finn class as a national team member; he feels right at home with the group.
"I am really excited to be back with the single handed group. I have spent a significant number of years with this style of sailing and can't wait to work this group into shape! I think they all learned a lot last summer and I plan on building upon those lessons. Single handed sailing is easy. Work ethic + effort = Success " - Tyler Bjorn
Erik completed his first season as a coach for the Green Team Program. This is one of the most important programs PCYC has to offer. as it initiates sailors to racing. The coach in this position needs to have substantial racing experience and the patience to guide the first timer who often is intimidated in the world of competition. Erik has the ability to maintain the young sailors attention, teach them the importance of rig setup and boat care and ensuring they are enjoying themselves.
"Erik did a great job last year and showed real interest by attending multiple coaching clinics to help him improve his skill set as a coach. I was impressed with his command of the dedicated sailors and I think we are lucky to have him back for another season." - Tyler Bjorn
Holly is returning to PCYC for her third season as one of the Single Handed race coaches. Holly has an extensive background in dinghy sailing; she was a pioneer with the Single handed Race program at PCYC, graduated to the Quebec Sailing team and most recently represented McGill on the Canadian University Circuit. Holly will be working with the Development Team this year.
"Holly has been a great asset to the PCYC Program since the reintegration of the single handed program in 2015. She has really helped the sailors understand the work ethic needed to succeed and importance of training both on and off the water. I feel that ability and skill will truly help our development team prepare for the step up to the race team program they choose." - Tyler Bjorn
Back in his day Thomas was one of the top Opti sailors in Quebec. He graduated into the Club 420 Class where he was able to climb the national ranks to a 7th place finish in the Canadian Youth Championship. Thomas is now looking to share the knowledge he has gained with our developing optimist race team.
"I believe we are fortunate to have Thomas join our program as the optimist Race Team Coach. As a former PCYC team member I feel he understands our philosophy toward sailing development. We still have a very young team and I feel Thomas and the kids will develop into one of the stronger program in Quebec." - Tyler Bjorn
Mitch is entering his second year of coaching at PCYC but will take on a new role in 2017 as Skiff Coach. With a consistent improvement of our Club 420 program over the last three years, we feel it is now time to step up the high performance aspect of our program and move into the skiff world. Mitch has been competing at a national and international level in both the 49er skiff class and Nacra 17. It was with the influential demonstration of Mitch's Nacra 17 last summer and the opportunity to qualify for the 2017 Canada Summer Games that we have a return of the 29er class at PCYC.
"While it sometimes takes a little longer to reach our goals, I think the timing to reintroduce the 29er program is right. The kids want it and it is the logical step to raising our game. Mitch will not only raise the on water skill set of these sailors, they will also begin to understand the importance of boat maintenance and care." - Tyler Bjorn
After an intense summer of training, the stage was set for the most important competition of the year; the Canadian Youth Championship. Team PCYC sent 3 Club 420s, 6 Lasers and 6 Bytes to represent our club. The team arrived on Friday to set up their boats and get a feel for the strong Kingston wind. After the first two days of qualifiers, all of our Club 420s made it into the Gold Fleet and were in a strong position to take the top spots. Even though they suffered a minor setback in their third race, Thomas Harries and Alex Lloyd still managed an impressive 15th place finish.
"I'm very happy with the season we've had so far," beams Thomas. "Alex and I only started sailing together this July so none of us were really sure how it would turn out. The whole experience has been very positive, having an Olympian as a coach really helped get ahead of our competitors."
"I only started sailing competitively last year so coming 3rd at Fruitbowl and 15th at CORK is definitely a great accomplishment for me," says an exhausted Alex. "Now our focus is on the Quebec Championship in September and improving our game for next year."