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Junior Programme Overview 2020 UPDATE

The Impact of COVID-19 on our Junior Programme

Unfortunately, our Junior Programme in 2020 has been greatly disrupted, however we still hope to run sailing for juniors during summer 2020.

Please see the Junior Week page for more information on our developing plans for 8 days of fun sailing. In advance of that, during the week of the 6th of July we are running a programme of fun sailing for juniors called "Summer Fun Sailing 1 (Oppies & Toppers)" and "Summer Fun Sailing 2 (Fast)" and "Summer Fun Sailing 3 (Oppies-take2)". We will use the experience gained in these events to refine the plans for Junior Week.

In addition, if there is some further easing of restrictions we will attempt to run as much of the programme later in the summer as regulations and RYA recommendations allow. Please accept our apologies for the late notice and late opportunity to book our 2020 events but with, Government restrictions frequently changing, we have necessarily had to wait.. Please also be aware that our events will necessarily be limited in scope and numbers. At present it is just not possible to run the same type of events as previous years.

If possible we will also try to continue to run a weekend "Oppie Club" and "Topper Club" for competent kids who are at least at RYA Stage 2. Please email to be added to the relevant WhatsApp groups.

What are the current Covid-19 Restrictions?

Under the post-July 4 "relaxed" restrictions we are still not permitted to organise "gatherings" of more than 6 people (or alternatively 2 households) when those people will be engaging in any type of social interaction or doing activities together in the same place. And this limit remains in place even when social distancing between people is being maintained (as is also required). NB We should point out that this same restriction also applies to parents offering to host these sorts of activities in their homes and gardens (e.g. during Junior Week).

The Government has said these restrictions are needed to reduce the possibility of a spike or second wave of infections while the virus is still circulating in the UK and we are sure all our parents will want to support us by playing their part in these continuing efforts. More info is available here.

RYA Courses

These have had to be cancelled for the time being (see above).

Junior Week

Junior Week 2020 takes place from 19th-23rd July. It will be led by our Chief Instructor Chris Gorton. Junior Week 2020 normally combines a mix of racing, destination sailing and fun games on the water as well as a shore based social programme but this year it will be very significantly impacted by the Covid-19 restrictions on group sizes and "gatherings" (see above) both on and off the water. The nature and scope of the Week means that Junior Week is not suitable for beginner sailors and children taking part must 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

This has been very significantly impacted by the Covid-19 restrictions. However, we have started to run some weekend training in Oppies and Toppers. This is currently aimed at children with their own boat (or using a rented Club boat) who are at least at RYA Stage 2 and above (able to rig and sail a boat to East Head and back unsupported) with the aim of building up sailing skills towards higher RYA levels and ultimately racing.

The programme is organised via a WhatsApp group and is run when there's a suitable tide. Contact Jennifer Watkins ( if you're interested in joining the WhatsApp Group. Participants will receive coaching from a dedicated team of instructors including two of our most experienced Senior Instructors: Anna Turner and Oli Bonar. 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 subject to constraints on numbers as explained above. 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

Due to Covid-19 restrictions we very much regret we have not been able to offer this programme to local children.

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 09:54 on 24 December 2020

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