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Youth Coaching


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 has a growing youth Topper flotilla and a strong RS Feva flotilla with crews in both regional and national training squads.

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, Steve Harvey at steve.harveysailing@gmail.com  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 Flottila – 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 (£10 per session) if they do not yet have their own boat.



Coaching will be on Saturday’s from 0930 to 1600.  We will strive to maintain the same coach each week.  Each session will cost £15 for members and £20 for non-members.   Dates are:

29th March   –   5th April   –   12th April   –   26th April   –   3rd May   –   17th May   –   14th June


RS Feva Flotilla – FEVA coaching dates to follow


Bowmoor Topper Open – this year’s event will take place on Saturday 4th October.  We hope to encourage a strong entry from Bowmoor.

Bowmoor YOO Regatta – the YOO Regatta is scheduled for Saturday 20th September.  It is a youth handicap event open to all classes and for sailors up to 18 years of age.

And finally further dates will be organised for September and October and these will be advertised in due course.  For any more details, please contact the following


Youth Manager – John Banbrook at john.banbrook@gmail.com or 07876 770513.

Youth Coach – George Barker at the.sailing.coach@btinternet.com

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

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