Junior Racing

Racing dinghies is great fun! 

It’s one of the things we encourage at the club as it offers so much to young sailors.  We also understand that there’s a lot to learn and new things to understand which can be difficult when you’re just setting out. Because of these things we offer a huge amount at the club to get young sailors started, and to keep improving. As an RYA Champion Club we’re recognised within the RYA for providing this pathway into racing which, for some, can lead to becoming part of regional sailing squads, British squads and even more success! 

Our RYA Training Centre provides instruction over the whole Youth & Junior sailing scheme syllabus which culminates in three Racing levels of competency. At Cadet Week and other times in the year we offer training in those parts of the syllabus once sailors are sufficiently competent. Our Cadet Coaching days also offer race coaching and fun, informal racing as a way of stepping up too.  For those already racing the Club has a season-long racing programme on Sundays and we encourage all our juniors to take part. And there are numerous Junior sailing trophies – some awarded for racing success, and others awarded for other things like improvement and effort. Our Junior Points Series (run on coaching days) is set over shorter courses and a separate start line to adults to help coach experienced and beginner young sailors; while our Junior Coronation Cup and other trophies are longer races. In all cases, and all aspects of racing at the club juniors are fully encouraged to take part – so come and have a go!

The club offers a season-long racing programme on Sundays and we encourage all our juniors to take part. Children can enjoy competing in our Junior Points Series and Junior Trophy Races when we set child sized courses & offer a coached fleet for new racers. Juniors may also compete against the adults in club racing. Please see the calendar below for dates of all club racing and other key events on the Junior racing circuit.

Why start racing?

Racing is the natural progression for many young sailors providing them with great fun, and more ways to enjoy the sport.  It’s a test of both physical and mental ability as it takes concentration and thought as well as technical sailing skill.  It’s challenging too – the same sailors don’t always win. There are also plenty of rules and other things to encourage fair play and sportsmanship (such as the RYA Racing Charter) and it’s a self-policing sport (there’s no referee!).  All these factors help develop good sailors – and they also develop independent, confident and strong young people, with valuable life-skills that they’ll keep forever – all whilst having fun with their friends.

Fleets Explained

Regatta Training fleet

Specifically aimed at less experienced or young sailors. This is a coached fleet where coaches will help children make it around the course. Ideal fleet for those taking part in their first few events, within their first year of racing but not yet ready for main fleet racing or who have come from the RYA OnBoard scheme with 6wks experience.

Silver fleet

Racing fleet for children who have been racing for about a year, Regional Squad Sailors or those aspiring to gain a place in next year’s Regional Squad.

Gold fleet

Racing fleet for children who have 1-2 years of racing experience, GBR, Welsh National Squad Sailors or those Top Regional Squad Sailors aspiring to gain a place in next year’s Welsh National Squad.

Racing is exceptional fun and a test of both physical and mental ability.