Junior sailing

RYA Youth Sailing Scheme Overview

Junior Training 2018

RYA Training Centre Principal and Chief Instructor – André Usborne  andreusborne@gmail.com

Training Coordinator – Ronni Usborne  ronniusborne@gmail.com


To see an overview of the aims and objectives of the RYA teaching stages, download the information from the link above.

The Club organises various extremely popular events each year specifically to introduce junior members to sailing and to develop their abilities. Children must be aged 8 by 31 December of the year they apply.
Family members will be invited in January to apply for 2018 training.

Junior Training

Easter Consolidation
Consolidation for juniors at all RYA Stages who have already experienced being in a boat on their own. This event is NOT for Beginners.

May half term 
2 x two day advanced modules:  Start Racing & Sailing with Spinnakers.  The advanced modules are only open to those sailors who already hold RYA Stage 4.
Sailing will take place on the river & Solent depending on weather conditions.
Summer Weeks
We run two five day events for junior sailors which are held during state school holidays: the first week is for the teaching of RYA Stage 1 (complete beginners), Stage 2 & Stage 3.  The second week is for the teaching of RYA Stage 4 only.

Additional opportunities for Juniors

After-school Training
A training opportunity for beginners and “improvers” is run on some Thursdays in term time.  This is a marvellous opportunity for local children to learn to sail.

Quiet Sails
Quiet Sails give members a chance to get out on the water to practise their skills, without the pressure of racing but with the reassuring presence of patrol boats to make sure that everyone is safe. We will aim to have an Instructor on the water to “coach” those who would like a little more help.

Family Fun
A great opportunity for the whole family to be on the water together, either in the same boat or individually. Usually combined with our quiet sails, patrol boats ensure everyone is safe on the water.

General Information
In all events a parent (or adult ‘in loco parentis’) is required to be present (or within 10 minutes of the club) at all times. Since we are a self-run club the adults will also be expected to contribute to the operation by assisting the organisers.

These events come under the overall control of our Sailing Committee.  In attending the events described it is hoped that participants will develop their skills to the level where they will be able to join our general race programme as well as the ‘fun’ events organised throughout the year.

The Club owns a fleet of Optimists, Teras, Picos & Scows which competent juniors may hire if they don’t own a boat or to try out another type of boat before buying their own.  We also own a Wanderer, 2 x RS Quests and an RS Feva, all of which may only be hired by juniors if they hold the RYA Stage 4 qualification.
However, please note, that during Week 1 of Summer training, the club Optimists are not available for hire as they will be used by complete beginners, and in Week 2 of Summer training, the club Picos, Teras, Quests & Feva are all in use by RYA Stage 4.

We also have a couple of small rowing boats (“Peanut” dinghies) for teaching children to row.

To join the Club, download the forms from our website, pick them up from the clubhouse or contact our Membership Secretary, Melinda Measor (membership.ysc@btconnect.com, 01983 760462).
Charles Ridley Cadet Fund

The Cadet Fund was set up in memory of a former member of the club, to benefit young members under the age of 18, either individually or as a group, in some aspect of sailing.  In the past the fund has been used to help children go on trips with the Ocean Youth Trust and other similar organisations, to buy “storm rigs” for the club Optimists (enabling sailors to experience stronger winds than they would otherwise have been able to cope with), to provide training to some who would otherwise not have been able to access it, etc.  We welcome applications to this fund.  For more information please contact the Commodore, Yarmouth Sailing Club, Bridge Road, Yarmouth, PO41 0NL.


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