We are very fortunate as we have inland water in the form of flooded gravel pits which offer safe sailing and an ideal location for beginner tuition. Most of the children sail either Oppie (Optimist) or Topper dinghies. Toppers are virtually indestructible, allowing the children to learn and play without fear of damage. Other boats sailed are Mirrors and some of the more experienced juniors sail Lasers on the tide.
Fleet Captains: Jack Napolitano and Rose Edmonds
There are regular training opporutnities and a full programme of races both on the lake and the sea specically for juniors. As they become more proficient and confident they are able to join in the seniors races on the sea as well. The Club runs a very successful junior coaching Programme for our members with the following special events:
Social Sailing offers the juniors and seniors alike the opportunity to sail on the sea with instruction and a dedicated safety boat. The committe has pledged a safety boat will be available for all publicised dates (subject to suitable weather conditions). On the same tides there will be the opportunity to sail for the Friday Series Cup. Which will be a handicap series which includes two pursuit races.
OnBoard Club Learn to sail for juniors. This club ideal for those who want to try sailing, but not sure if its for them. Club nights take place starting in June, groups run in six week blocks. A fun informal course, which teaches the basics of how to sail with no pressure. All equipment provided, and sessions run on Sunday mornings. This club is available to members and non-members
Kick Start This is a three day course split into four ability groups; two on the sea and two on the lake. Ideal to get back the confidence of last season under the watchful guidance of our qualified RYA instructors. This course is for junior members who can sail around a triangular course
Wednesday Club Our very popular weekly junior sailing club for members who want to improve their sailing in a fun way, in their own boats, with instructor led coaching, split into three ability groups. The sessions are to bridge the gap between beginners and experienced weekend racers. Wednesday club is for junior members who can sail around a triangular course.
Ducklings This is a club designed specially for our youngest sailors. It is suitable for junior members aged 5-7 and is run in Oppies on the pit. Dcuklings sessions are short, fun sessions designed to encourage our younget members on to the water to join in the fun of sailing.
Oppie Squad these sessions are for junior members who are oppie sailors who may have progressed beyond ducklings and are keen to join other junior club activity. These sessions are ideal for 7-9year olds wanting to gain more experience of oppie sailing under the supervision of an Instructor.
Any other information about Junior Sailing please contact
Junoir Convenor – John Eaton – email: firstname.lastname@example.org