The Ogston 2017 Junior Fleet training is open to all members who are 8 years old or above, whether you are brand new to the club and to sailing or an existing member with children now old enough to learn to sail or for those who wish to refresh skills. The training is structured around the RYA Youth Development Scheme for Stages 1, 2 & 3; teaching sailing basics for each level with coaching provided by club RYA instructors/assistant instructors and youth helpers.
This year Junior Fleet training will run over a series of 9 Saturday mornings (09:00 – 12:30), starting on the 6th May through to 8th July for the annual Pirates Gala/Regatta.
Format and Additional Information
The Junior Fleet is a family group where parents are asked to come along to each session with their child(ren) and help them and us by preparing and launching boats, providing safety and beach cover, and generally getting stuck-in. The club has a number of boats for training youngsters including single handers - Zephyrs, Optimists, Toppers, Teras and Fevas
This year the 10 week training will be broken into 2 halves with the first 5 weeks covering the RYA core requirements, and, with the second half of the course concentrating on using these skills in a relaxed learn to race programme. There will be a 2 week break during school half term. Junior Fleet members are then encouraged to use and hone their skills by taking part in youth coaching and club racing. We are also planning to run some more advanced training for those who’ve already completed Stage 3 which will include; advanced sailing skills for windier conditions, using spinnakers, trapezeing and seamanship skills. Let me know if you’re interested, so we can gauge numbers and cater accordingly. Help and guidance is also available to Junior Fleet parents interested in buying boats to help their children get the most from their sailing and take an active part in club sailing and racing.
Sign Up Early
Junior Fleet places are limited so sign up soon - get in touch for more details, email me, Andrew Thompson (Junior Fleet Coordinator) on
Andrew.firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01246 850597/07594366564