SA Sailing Team



The South Australian Sailing Team program(s) aims to be the leading providers of high performance sailing programs in South Australia for talented athletes enabling them to achieve national and international success.

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


The objectives of the SA Sailing Team 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 SA Sailing Team 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.

Preliminary Classes for 2017-18 are: Optimist, International Cadets, Laser 4.7, Laser Radial and 420


Coaching will be managed by Alex Zimmermann SA State Performance Coach and conducted in collaboration by other experienced Australian Sailing coaches to ensure a world-class training program for athletes to develop the skills required to perform at national level and be in consideration for an SSPP or SASI Scholarships in the future.

The minimum contact days (training and events) for 420’s and Optimist (State & Development Squads) will be 50, for Cadets 20, and for Laser (4.7 & Radials) 14. 

The cost of the program includes a Zhik cap, t shirt, long sleeve rashie and bib.

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.

Selection Process

Selection to the 2017-2018 Sailing Team is via application and the following table summarises the process:

Application Timeline



10th April 2017 

Applications Open (CLICK HERE TO APPLY)

Extended until Friday 28th April 2017

Applications Close

30th April 2017

SA Sailing Team Try Out - (Notification if Attendance Required) 

05th May 2017

Notification of SA Sailing Team Selection - (Acceptance/Non Acceptance)

17th May 2017

SA Sailing Team Induction Day

1st June 2017

Final day to opt out of the Squad – Full Refund

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

The Try Out day will not be applicable to current SA Sailing Team 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.

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 – SA 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.  

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

Coach supported regattas – 420

Tri Series Tri Series PLYC*

 30 Sep – 01 Oct 2017

Tri Series BSYC

 04 – 05 Nov 2017

420 Class Nationals

 20 – 23 Dec 2017

420 World Championships

 26 – 31 Dec 2017

Australian Youth Nationals

 11 – 15 Jan 2017

Tri Series ASC

 10 – 11 Feb 2018

SA Youth Championships

 10 – 12 Mar 2018


Coach supported regattas – Optimist (State & Development)

Tri Series PLYC*

 30 Sep – 01 Oct 2017

Tri Series BSYC

 04 – 05 Nov 2017

Class Nationals

 03 – 10 Jan 2018

Tri Series ASC

 10 – 11 Feb 2018

SA Youth Championships

 10 – 12 Mar 2018

Coach supported regattas – Cadets & Lasers (4.7 & Radials)

Tri Series PLYC*

 30 Sep – 01 Oct 2017

Tri Series BSYC

 04 – 05 Nov 2017

Tri Series ASC

 10 – 11 Feb 2018

SA Youth Championships

 10 – 12 Mar 2018


*PLYC Tri Series Regatta Coach Support will be subject to more than 80% of each squad attending this event.

Sport Psychology, Strength and Conditioning, Nutrition, Physiotherapy, education sessions will be organised throughout the season subject to coach decisions.


A per athlete contribution of $1,200 (incl. GST) is required for 420’s and Optimist (State & Development Squad), $1,000 (incl. GST) is required for Cadets and $800 for Laser (Radial & 4.7), to assist in covering the costs of providing coaching at the selected events and training. Full payment is required by 31 May 2017. If an instalment plan is required, please contact Emma Short:  

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


Alex Zimmermann, AS Performance State Coach & Pathway Officer – South


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