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Junior Programme Overview

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.

Booking for Junior Programme events will open on 1st April and is restricted to club members.

RYA Courses

We will run two three day blocks of Junior Training during the summer which will offer the RYA Youth Sailing Scheme. Dates for this will be during the summer half term 26th-28th May and from 18th-20th August. Courses will range from beginner Stage 1 through to the advanced modules such as Seamanship and Start to Race, however the viability of these advanced courses will depend on numbers - for more information, course content and booking click here

Junior Week

Junior Week 2020 takes place immediately at the end of the West Sussex schools Sumer term; from 19th- 23rd July. It will be led by our Chief Instructor Chris Gorton. Junior Week combines a mix of racing, destination sailing and fun games on the water as well as a shore based social programme. The nature and scope of the Week means that Junior Week is not suitable for beginner sailors and children taking part must have be competent to sail independently between the Hard and East Head in most conditions. 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 using a rented Club boat) 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 ( juniorsteam.wwsc@outlook.com) 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: 11th-12th June; 15th-26th June; 9th-10th 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 ( juniorsteam.wwsc@outlook.com) as soon as possible

Last updated 13:54 on 31 January 2020

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