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ILCA Skills Week - Plas Heli

22nd - 26 July


Entries will open 9 April 2024.

Our aims for the week are:

  1. Support any sailor transitioning into the ICA from another class.
  2. Support and develop any sailor moving between/new to ILCA rigs
  3. Offer an opportunity to train at a world class venue with fantastic coaches to all class members, of any experience, any ability and any age!

The training is Monday to Friday at Plas Heli and offers a huge amount of flexibility in the schedule. As always, boat speed will be a large area of focus, along with advanced rigging and tuning, boat handling and racing. With five days of training, this offers a unique and great opportunity to embed new skills and techniques rather than talk and start the development phase that may happen at training weekends.

Sailing in this event will also give you an opportunity to get to know local conditions ahead of the Autumn qualifier in September (14-15th).

All coaches are ILCA specialists and work within the RYA and UKLA system at a high level. Their sailing skills are matched by their sparkling personalities which makes the learning a whole lot of fun!


The intention is to offer flexible training dates, between the Welsh ILCA Championships (19-21st July), and the ILCA 6 Youth European Championships in Ballyholme (27th July) facilitating some pre-event racing and training en route to Northern Ireland.

There are two ticket types: a ONE day ticket for Monday and a FOUR day ticket for Tuesday - Friday. Please book both if you would like to sail for all 5 days.

This allows for a rest day on Monday 22nd July for those sailors who would like to compete in the Welsh ILCA champs first. Or just book 5 days Monday - Friday training in the sun and on the beach! We hope to run some evening events, tailored to the weather, eg e-sailing or beach sports and a social evening, similar to the WPNSA event.

Some important logistical information on ticket release:

  • You must be a UKLA member to book and participate.
  • Places will be released on the UKLA portal on Tuesday 9th April 2024 at 6pm available to any UKLA member on first come first serve basis.
  • Initially, 24 slots are available for Monday and 18 for Tuesday-Friday.
  • If you missed out on one of the available slots, you can add your name to the waiting list.
  • Being on a waiting list DOES NOT guarantee you a place.

If demand requires, additional tickets may also be reserved specifically for transition sailors. A TRANSITION sailor is a sailor of any age who has not previously participated in a UKLA training event or UKLA regatta such as the Nationals/Inlands/Qualifiers/Youth Winters (at the time of booking).

  • BETWEEN 9th April and 15th May 2024 you may enter only ONE Skills Week 2024 (being WPNSA OR Plas Heli). If your name appears in both places (whether entry or waiting list) you will be removed from BOTH events.
  • AFTER 15th May 2024, you may enter the second Skills Week if any places are available (not guaranteed).
  • When the waiting list is full, it's FULL


Cancellation and refund policy:

  • Any cancellations until 30th June 2024 Entry less £5.00 cancellation fee
  • Any cancellations after 30th June 2024 NO REFUND

Practical advice:

  • Become a member ahead of the release date (Join UKLA, Renew membership)
  • Complete your profile (address, DOB, emergency and medical information etc)
  • Add a boat to your profile (You MUST have a boat listed in your profile to enter. If you don't know details of a boat yet, you still need to add something we can amend it later).
  • Do it all in good time before release time to speed up your booking process.


Please visit the club website to book this event.

Last updated 5:33pm on 15 June 2024

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