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Youth Section Newsletter 2023

Youth Sailing 2023

Youth sailing will be on Sunday mornings (0930hrs 1300hrs), starting on Sunday 14h May. There will be seven sessions in the spring/summer, followed by four in late summer/autumn. We will look to extend into late autumn/winter dependent on interest.

What your day will look like:

Training will follow the RYA stage 1-4 and racing syllabus.

0930hrs rigged ready to go

1230hrs - off the water and de-briefs

1300hrs - finish

These are our initial thoughts, however, we can adapt the format to suit sailors requirements.


What can parents do? Can I get involved? How can I help?

We would like to make sure that parents are fully engaged in youth sailing. This will involve helping with rigging/launching as well as helping on the safety boats and in the club.

We will also look to run sailing and powerboat training for parents this will depend on demand.


Sailors Briefing

The sailors briefing for the first session (14th May) will be at the slightly earlier time of 0915hrs, and will cover:

  • What to expect from youth sailing
  • The calendar
  • What do you want from youth sailing this year?
  • Sailing and powerboat options for parents
  • Safety aspects
  • The RYA Sailing Stages

Some of our older youths at the final of the RYA keelboat league in September 2022


14th MayYouth Sailing 1
21st MayYouth Sailing 2
4th JuneYouth Sailing 3
11th JuneYouth Sailing 4
18th JuneYouth Sailing 5
24th-25th JuneComodores Weekend
2nd JulyYouth Sailing 6
9th JulyYouth Sailing 7
10th SeptemberYouth Sailing 8
17th SeptemberYouth Sailing 9
24th SeptemberYouth Sailing 10
1st OctoberYouth Sailing 11


As well as our regular sessions, there are the following events organised by the NSSCA.

The Northamptonshire Youth Series is a series of open events held at local clubs. Each event consists of race training in the morning, followed by three races in the afternoon. Prizes are awarded for each event and for the series overall. This is a very informal series of events and is ideal for those just getting into racing, as well as serious racers. If you would like to know more about these events, please speak to any of the youth sailing instructors.

13th MayDarycote
17th-18th JuneRutland
24th JuneHollowell
1st JulyMiddle Nepe
15th JulyNorthampton
9th SeptemberCransley

There are also the following national events run by the NSSA: (contact Emily Castle for details).  

  • 18th/19th March double-handed team racing Draycote.
  • 24th  28th July NSSA Regatta Draycote. This is a week-long event of reasonably relaxed racing and off-water activities. Sailors normally camp and it is a fun (and a serious!) week.
  • Early October NSSA single-handed team racing venue TBA


The Northampton team at the NSSA Regatta Plymouth

Commodores Weekend 24th/25th June

Come and join us for: camping, barbeques, socials, training, team racing, best-dressed boat and crew, and most importantly generally having a good time.

Check the club website for details.

Power Boat Level 1

If there is sufficient demand, we will look to run an RYA Level 1 powerboat course for the youths. Please let us know if you are interested in this.


Any questions on youth sailing contact Graeme or Emily Castle.

Tel 07966 337574

Last updated 13:34 on 1 May 2024

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