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Junior Programme Overview

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WWSC's Junior Programme has come a long way in the last ten years and we're keen to build on this during the 2017 season. Our key objectives for the Junior Programme include this season are to:

  • - Widen our Junior Sailing offer by acquiring a fleet of 3 RS Fevas for club use
  • - Retain participation and improve opportunities for older teenagers to continue sailing
  • - Improve our Training offer by achieving RYA Accredited Training Centre status
  • - Improve entry level sailing opportunities for younger beginners
  • - Encourage Juniors and Parents to take part in a wider range of Club Sailing (beyond Junior Week)

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

RS Fevas: In May WWSC took delivery of three brand new Fevas which have been acquired with a £10,000 grant from Sport England. These boats will be used in all club training and will be available for hire to club members at other times subject to appropriate conditions. The Feva is a very successful and popular class in Chichester Harbour and we think that extending their use to WWSC will bring a lot of benefits and help to widen the appeal of sailing to teenage sailors.

Older Teenagers: As last year we hope to run Laser groups during our Training courses as well as during Junior Week. For those that are interested we will also provide opportunities for those wanting to develop the skills they need to undertake the RYA pre-assessment for Dinghy Instructors.

RYA Accreditation status: we are currnetly going through a process to apply for RYA Training Centre accreditation. Eventually (though probably not during 2017) this will allow WWSC to award RYA certification to Junior sailors, for more information on this process see here.

Younger Beginners: we understand that many parents are keen for their children to start sailing from a young age and wish to support this. Whilst Toppers are very popular and successful class at WWSC, the size and power of the boat relative to the size and weight of younger sailors makes this a very challenging option for beginners in anything other than light winds. RYA guidance suggests that the minimum recommended weight for Topper helms is 47kg (approx.100lbs) and we think that parents need to have regard for this when choosing a boat for children beginning sailing on their own.

We recommend that younger and smaller helms be provided with the 4.2m sail which makes the Topper much easier to handle in stronger winds. Children younger than 9 may benefit from starting singlehanded sailing in a smaller boat such as an Optimist.

Sailing outside of Junior Week and Training Courses: We would like to see much more of junior sailors (and their parents) at other events during the season! Besides Junior Week and the Training Courses there are a lot of other events which are planned or suitable for Junior sailors. Most notable is the Covington Junior Regatta on August Bank Holiday weekend and the Open Topper event which runs on June 10th. Competent Junior helms are also encouraged to take part in Regatta Week where we will run a dedicated Topper class if numbers are sufficient. A number of our other racing events also have dedicated prizes for Juniors.


Please see other pages for more detailed information on Junior Week, Training Courses and Junior Racing.

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Last updated 14:34 on 2 August 2017

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