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Junior Programme Overview

2018 was a ground-breaking year for Junior sailing at WWSC: over 50 sailors through our first RYA courses; after-school sailing for West Wittering Primary School children for the first time; a very successful Junior week and finally the acquisition of 6 club Optimists (actually SailQubes) which were a huge success and to be seen out on the water all summer. Thanks to Sally Williams and Ivan Western for making it all happen. In 2019 we're hoping simply to build on everything we did in 2018.

Our key objectives for the Junior Programme this season are to:

  • Build a group of regular junior sailors and racers through a new regular weekend training programme
  • Retain participation and improve opportunities for older teenagers to continue sailing
  • Build up the sailing skills of those who learned to sail with us for the first time last year
  • Maintain our entry-level sailing opportunities for younger beginners
  • Encourage Juniors and Parents to take part in a wider range of Club Sailing (beyond Junior Week)
  • Encourage more local families to make the leap to join WWSC and start sailing

Above all however, the emphasis for Junior Sailing at West Wittering will remain on safety and fun.

RYA Courses

We will again run 3 groups of of RYA courses over July and August for juniors which will offer training for beginners through to advanced modules for more experienced sailors - for more information, course content and booking click here

Junior Week

Junior week will be the 13th to 18th of August, will be led by our Chief Instructor Chris Gorton and will include many of the same elements as 2018's edition. More Details will follow - please watch this space.

NEW: Weekend Junior Training

In response to many requests, we will be initiating a new programme of weekend training from early June (and perhaps earlier if there is demand) until at least the end of August. This programme would be for children with their own boat (or SailQube lease) who are at least RYA Stage 1-2 and above (able to sail a triangle unsupported) with the aim of building up sailing skills towards higher RYA levels and ultimately racing.

The programme will run every weekend that there's a suitable tide. By the end of the summer we hope that this group of Juniors will have their own committee boat starts on some club racing weekends and may perhaps even join the existing club handicap fleets on some of the shorter races. They'll have coaching from a dedicated team of instructors including two of our most experienced Senior Instructors: Anna Turner and Oli Bonar. Please contact Jennifer Watkins ( if you're interested in participating. Participation will be on a pay as you go basis at approximately £15 per session per child (maybe less if we have good numbers). For simplicity, we anticipate that this programme will be run for Optimists but if there is sufficient demand from older children who want to train in Toppers, Lasers or Fevas we would be delighted to be able to expand it. Please let Jen know which boat your child would sail.

Ultimately the aim of the weekend training is to increase the number of children actively involved in sailing at WWSC outside of junior week and that really means the number of children racing regularly.

After School Sailing for Local Children

We will again run three after-school sailing sessions for children at West Wittering Primary School: 24th-26th June; 8th-10th July; 22nd-23rd July. The aim of these sessions is to introduce beginners to sailing and encourage local families to get involved in sailing at WWSC, hopefully ultimately becoming active members of the club. Places will become available to book in March and Esther Burley has kindly agreed to be the liaison between WWSC and the school.

Dinghy Instruction at WWSC

If you're interested in teaching at West Wittering this season, please email Will Becker ( as soon as possible

Last updated 17:29 on 13 December 2019

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