Junior Programme Overview
WWSC's Junior Programme has come a long way in the last ten years and we're keen to build on this during the 2018 season. Our key objectives for the Junior Programme this season are to:
- - Fully utilise our fleet of 3 RS Fevas
- - Retain participation and improve opportunities for older teenagers to continue sailing
- - Build on our recent achievement of becoming an RYA Accredited Training Centre
- - 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: These 3 club boats will be used in 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 offers teenage sailors the chance to sail together and face new challenges.
Older Teenagers: We hope to run Laser groups during our Training courses and Junior Week. For those that are interested we will also provide opportunities for those wanting to develop the skills needed to undertake the RYA pre-assessment for Dinghy Instructors.
Our RYA Accreditation status: This allows WWSC to award RYA certification to Junior sailors - something not previously possible
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 it 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 recognise 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 will benefit from starting singlehanded sailing in a smaller boat such as an Optimist or one of the club owned SailQubes. More detailed advice from a WWSC parent is here.
Sailing outside of Junior Week and Training Courses: We would like to see many more 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 12) and the Open Topper event which runs on June 2nd. 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.
Last updated 17:01 on 12 June 2018