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Youth Coaching

Bowmoor Optimists Sep 15YOO Youth Regatta



Bowmoor Sailing Club actively promotes sailing as a sport to young people who can learn to sail at Bowmoor in a range of suitable boats.  The Club encourages young people to progress within RYA pathway boats such as the Topper, Laser (both single handed dinghies) and the RS Feva (a double handed dinghy with spinnaker).  Bowmoor is also growing a very strong Byte fleet a modern single hander which is proving ideal for our youth sailors.


The Club provides RYA endorsed initial training for young people starting the sport and it has a growing Youth Flotilla for those that wish to progress in the sport to develop their skills as competent sailors and racers.  Ultimately, the Club seeks to build a life-long love with the sport of sail boat racing.



Complete Beginners – for young people wishing to start sailing, the Club runs a number of RYA Level 1 and Level 2 courses throughout the year for both members and non-members.  All equipment can be provided for these courses and young people will learn to sail in Laser Pico or Topper dinghies.  Courses are generally run during the school holiday periods from Easter through to October half term.  Initial training then takes a break for the colder months.

Full details on beginner courses are available from the Club Training Principle, Paul Watson or via the Club website.

We recommend that all young people complete the RYA endorsed training prior to joining the Youth Flotilla coaching programme.




Youth Flotilla – Single Handed Boats – Target audience is young sailors who have completed their initial training (RYA level 1/2) and who wish to take the next steps in the sport, or younger sailors transitioning from the Optimist Flotilla to a larger boat.  Accordingly, the Fleet may comprise sailors of varying ability; depending on numbers we will aim to provide sufficient coaches to cater for different abilities and experience.

Once again, the focus of this group will be to develop boat handling skills and confidence on the water whilst having fun.  The output of this group will be young sailors who are confident to participate in Club and Open event racing.  Sailors may hire Club training boats if they do not yet have their own boat.


The planned 2016 spring coaching dates for this group of sailors are Sat 16th April, Sat 23rd April, Sat 7th May and Sat 21st May.


If there is sufficient interest there will be further training dates to meet the requirements of this group of sailors arranged later in the year.

Social Weekends and Competitions


These events will have plenty of opportunity to sail and race but without a focus on formal coaching.  The intention is that these would make ideal family weekends and we hope that these will become regular fixtures in our calendar.


Fri (eve) 10th to Sun 12th  June Bowmoor Regatta – Again save the date, planning is in the early stages but it is anticipated that the event will follow the same successful formula used last year, with families welcome to arrive from Fri evening.  Saturday will comprise fun events and games for all age groups and abilities (not just sailing) concluding with an evening party with a band and food.  Sunday will then comprise the 6-hour race which is a fun event for all ability sailors and a great spectator activity.


Sat 2nd July YOO Youth Regatta – YOO kindly sponsor a Youth Handicap Regatta each year.  The event is open to all children up to the age of 18 and would make an excellent first regatta for Youth sailors.


Sat 9th to Sun 10th Jul Fairford Air Tattoo – Contrary to popular belief, the local roads are not grid-locked and Bowmoor is a great place to watch the Air Show for FREE.  Arrive on Friday evening, Club BBQs will be available, no format for Saturday – just fun by the lake with rescue cover.  If sufficient interest, opportunity to sail different boats for fun.  Club racing on Sunday with a Junior prize.


Sun 18 th Sep Bart’s Bash – This annual event is held in memory of Andrew ‘Bart’ Simpson, for 2016 we hope to get an even bigger Fleet of youth sailors participating in this single race. Entry is expected to be around £5 per boat with proceeds going to the Andrew Simpson Foundation.


Youth Manager & Optimist Flotilla Leader – Rachael Jenkins Jenkinsrachael@yahoo.com

Topper Flotilla Leader – James Relph at jrelph@executivewealthmanagement.co.uk

RS Feva Coordinator – Lucie Spurway at luciespurway@talktalk.net

BYTE Class Captain – Emily Watson at emily.milne@hotmail.co.uk