FORMER Navy man Craig Coupe will be passing on his vast water sport knowledge across the south east as takes up a new role with the Royal Yachting Association.
With the 2012 season kicking off shortly, the RYA are pleased to introduce Coupe as the person to get youngsters out windsurfing in his new role as Team15 (T15) Competition Organiser for the South East Zone.
Craig currently works as chief instructor at the Spray Water Sports Centre in Eastbourne and he is passionate about water sports, as well as sharing that passion with people of all ages, levels and abilities.
Craig has been sailing from a young age and he used to take parts in lots of different racing events through the sea cadets.
His stint in the Royal Navy also came with lots of time spent on the water and regular sailing trips.
As part of his responsibilities, Craig will be organising and managing the T15 Inter-Club Championship in the South East.
Craig commented, ‘I am looking forward to continuing with Ian’s great work and making the T15 events as fun as possible this summer.
“The aim is to get lots of youngsters into windsurfing and out on the water.’
Supported by industry leaders Tushingham/Starboard, Boards magazine and Neil Pryde, Team 15 (T15) was set up by the RYA to help make windsurfing more accessible and appealing to youngsters at a grass roots level.
Events are organised at clubs across the South East Zone, with young windsurfers competing for points throughout the season. They are aiming for their club to have the best score by the end of the summer and to compete against the other winning Team15 clubs in the national final, the Team15 Champions Cup.
Fun and informal training sessions take place at T15 clubs all over the country for kids up to the age of 15, which are run weekly by specialist RYA coaches.
The T15 inter-club championship takes place regionally over the summer, adding a competitive edge and race training for those keen to hone their skills.
Kit can be borrowed from the clubs and the cost of sessions is kept low.
To get involved with Team15 and locate your nearest local club, visit www.team15.org.uk or contact the RYA 0845 345 0400.
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