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April 2021 Youth newsletter

Welcome to the 2021 season of junior sailing at Banbury. After the gloom of 2020 we are looking forward to an exciting and action-packed season for all ages groups from those just starting out in sailing to those who are looking to hone their racing skills.

As an introduction, youth sailing this year is being run by Arthur Shaw, Dan Need and Tom Mawby-Groom, all 3 of us have children at the club and are committed to ignoring 2020 and getting things going again in 2021. So, lets kick start the season! We are ready to go and make the most of Boddington reservoir and further afield!

There are a few important points that we felt it pertinent to lay out from the beginning:

1) Covid

Firstly, we have to address the elephant in the room Covid and the restrictions this places upon us. These restrictions are easily managed but must be adhered to. We can then have an enjoyable and successful sailing year.

We are adhering to the RYA and government Covid guidelines.

  • Our timetables and activities on the day have been slightly adapted to suit the restrictions.
  • The format of training days will be either morning or afternoon sessions to reduce group sizes. If the morning session becomes full, we may add afternoon sessions to ensure all sailors get out onto the water. Book early to get the session you want!
  • The club house is currently out of bounds, with only the disabled toilet being accessible. Sailors are encouraged to turn up ready to sail. With a change of warm dry clothes and shoes for after sailing.
  • Social distancing will be observed.
  • All club boats and equipment (lifejackets etc) will be disinfected after each use. This will be easy to do using the club provided kit. Alternatively the safest method is to obviously bring your own kit.
  • Single use face coverings will be available in all instructor/safety boats should close contact be required.
  • All teaching will be in single handed boats until further notice, since we are not able to put instructors and children in double handers as we often do for beginners. However, members of the same family can use double hander boats.
  • All adults (over 16) are asked to either log in with the NHS Covid app and QR code (displayed on the clubhouse) or check in and out using the BSC website on their phones. Having done this today I can confirm it is really easy.
  • Hopefully we will be back to normal by mid/end June depending on the Government and RYA advice. 

2) Whats going on

Now that is out of the way, onto the fun stuff and what we are planning on doing in the next 7 or 8 months. The full junior calendar is on the clubs website and displayed at the end of this pag

3) GBOTW

Get back on the water (GBOTW) days, these are scheduled for Saturday 17 April and Saturday 24 April, and we would welcome people to come along:

  • If your child is new to sailing, then please bring them to have a look, however let us know via email if you are planning to do this. They will not be able to sail due to these days being casual sailing days without structured training. Structured training starts with Youth day 1 (see below).
  • If your child is experienced and has their own boat then please feel free to bring them and take the boat out on the water for the first time this year there will be safety cover.
  • If your child can sail a triangle course, but does not have their own boat, then please email us and we will try and organise a club boat, but this will be on a first come first served basis.
  • Wrap up warm! Wet suits and several layers and hats for these two days as they are early in the season. See the KIT LIST at the end of this list for recommendation on what to wear and bring.
  • If you are returning to the club then please re-join. If you a new and want to take a look at the club prior to the start of Youth sailing then please contact us to come along on the GBOTW day

4) Youth Sailing

  • There are 11 normal youth training sessions scheduled starting with Youth day 1 on Sat 1st May. See the calendar below for all dates. These training days will be coached sailing by instructors and with safety cover, so we will invite all abilities to these sessions. Numbers will be limited so book early, especially if you require a club boat.
  • The sessions will differ slightly to the 2019 year as we mould the format to fit social distancing. This will include:
  • Shorter more concentrated sessions AM or PM, especially as we cant use the clubhouse to get warm / grab a coffee / fill up on a bacon sandwich
  • Splitting the normal coloured groups into smaller groups, however we are very keen that ALL children that want to go sailing, can go sailing and have as much fun doing it as possible.
  • We do require that families join the club via the website prior to commencing youth training. However, if you wish to visit us to take a look prior to joining these send us an email to arrange this. Single or monthly payment options are available.
5) Northamptonshire Youth Series


We are actively trying to encourage Banbury sailors to take part in the Northamptonshire Youth Series. It is a very easy and laid back introduction to racing and is open to all those children that can confidently sail a triangular course. The first event is 15 May at Draycote and we are planning to take a multi-boat trailer to help parents with transport. A few of us are already planning to be there with our children, to help out and hopefully alleviate any nerves you may have. I remember the first time I went to one of these events with my son, and was very nervous about the what; where and how, however I was helped by other Banbury parents, and therefore it is our turn to help other.


6) NSSA (National Schools Sailing Association)

The NSSA Regatta sailing week is still happening this year, and is based in Plymouth. It is planned from the 26 to 30/31 July and is a fantastic event for children who are confident sailors. Its a week of camping, sailing and racing without the parents, looked after by experienced Banbury coaches! Again, if any of you feel your children might be interested, speak to Arthur or myself and we will be more than happy to tell you about the last camp in 2019 (2020s was cancelled for obvious reasons).

7) Parents

Banbury Sailing Club is not a commercial organisation, the junior sailing section is run by parents and ex-parents who are all donating their time for free, the cost of the course is used to maintain the facilities / boats etc, therefore we would ask that all parents help out in any way they feel capable. Such help includes

  • Rigging boats There are always plenty of experienced people around to show how its done if you are new to sailing.
  • Launching boats (Motor boats and sailing boats)
  • Recovering boats (Motor boats and sailing boats)
  • Manning the safety boat (If qualified) Banbury runs courses to train safety boat crew and helm if you want to do this role!
  • Helping out in the galley (kitchen) - when we are allowed back in
  • If you have sailing experience and especially if you are some form of dingy instructor, or would like to be, then we would be very interested in talking to you. We are always looking to expand our band of instructors many who have being doing it for many years. 

If you've read this far, you are obviously bored of lockdown or keen to get your children sailing, so we hope to see as many of you and your children as possible over the coming year starting with the parents call on Wednesday. Or if you want to pop up and see us please email us to arrange to visit on the GBOTW days. For returning parents, we look forward to seeing you back at the club, we are back up and running and look forward to some fun on the water.

Best Regards

Arthur, Dan and Tom

Recommended kit list for GBOTW and Youth sessions during cold weather

Below is a suggested kit list to help you keep warm on the water ensuring you can enjoy it and have fun. See you there.

  • Full wetsuit or Long John wetsuit with neoprene or thermal long sleeve top
  • Waterproof spray top/Waterproof outer layer or Aqua fleece top
  • At least one fleece layer underneath waterproof top
  • Warm head wear and/or Buff
  • Gloves (waterproof if possible)
  • Sailing boots and socks
  • Extra layers to put on if you get cold
  • A set of dry clothes and shoes in case you get wet.
  • Filled water bottle
  • Hot drinks and snacks/biscuits
  • Sun cream

Youth Dates

Sat 1st May         - Y1

Sat 8th May         - Y2

Sat 15th May       - NYS 1 (Draycote)

Sun 23rd May       - Y3

Sat 29th May        - Y4

Sat 12th June       - Y5

Sat 19th June       - NYS 2 (Hollowell)

Sun 27th June       - Y6

Sat 3rd July          - Y7

Sat 10th July         - NYS 3 (Banbury)

Sat 17th July         - Y8

Sun 25 July           - NSSA starts (Plymouth)

Sat 14th Aug          - NYS 4 (Northampton)

Say 5th Sept          - NYS 5 (Cransley)

Sat 11 Sept           - Y9

Sun 26th Sept        - Y10

Sat 2nd Oct           - Y11

Last updated 18:35 on 14 July 2021

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