REPORT FROM THE ATHENS AUTUMN CLINIC 10-20/12/18 ATHENS GREECE04 Jan 2019
The 470 Athens Autumn Clinic was held in the port facilities of the Hellenic Sailing Federation (HYF Athens International Sailing Center) and was organized by the 470 International class Association with the support of HYF as part of the ongoing development and support official programs.
The weather in Athens during the clinic was pleasant with light to moderate winds (4-18 knots) and air temperatures from 18-24 °C . Teams from the Netherlands, Belarus, Turkey, Czech Republic and Greece were present.
During the 10 practice days, the clinic consisted of the following topics:
1. Boat preparation & tuning on shore.
2. Kinetics techniques and maneuvers.
3. Strategy and tactics.
4. Balance & sail trimming
5. Daily briefing/debrief with videos and personal advises.
The 470 International class Association provided the coaching and rib support free of charge and the 470 boat rental at a symbolic cost of € 200 for the whole duration of the clinic.
Dimitris Lekakis, a successful 420 and 470 athlete and international coach was the instructors of the clinic while 470 World champion and MC member Andreas Kosmatopoulos was the coordinator on behalf of the 470 International class Association.