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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 Optimist, RS Tera, 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 Optimist, RS Tera, 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 if you click here  RYA Dinghy Beginner Courses

We recommend that all young people complete the RYA endorsed training prior to joining the Youth Flotilla coaching programme. This year the first course is 15th – 18th April and these can be booked following the link shown below.

If you are looking for a beginners course then for more information and to book a place click below
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For information on youth boats sailed at Bowmoor and for rigging tips see the Fleet Menu.: Byte, Optimist, RS Feva, RS Tera, Topper.



Youth Coaching 2019 Save the dates

Saturday Coaching

Pleased to announce the youth coaching dates for Spring 2019 at Bowmoor;  2019 dates are 6th April / 27th April/ 4th May / 11th May / 18th May.

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Coaching sessions will use a variety of boats and be suitable for all ages and sailing ability post level 2 and beyond.

This spring we plan to run the following groups ;

Beginner fleet  – for those fresh from their level 2 and enthusiastic to practice the key skills taught on this course. The instructors for this group will run short sessions on and off the water with the emphasis on games and fun, all designed to grow the sailors experience and develop their confidence.  Plenty of opportunity to make new friends and simply enjoy being on the water.

Regatta fleet – sailors with some experience will enjoy these sessions, coaches will run exercises to develop the young sailors independent sailing thinking and boat handling prowess, with the overall aim being fun, and for these sailors to feel comfortable to happily participate in club racing with their sailing buddies.

Main fleet – race coaching for those more advanced sailors, your coaches will run exciting exercises designed to make you think and push your sailing expertise to a new level. We will look at boat handling and race strategy ensuring that you are well prepared for the 2019 sailing season. If you are new to Bowmoor a great way to meet our current youth sailors and a gateway to being involved in club activities.

Each sailor will need their own boat for these sessions, if you don’t yet own your own boat or simply would prefer to use one of the club fleet you can purchase a subscription for the annual boat hire fee via membership subscriptions. However hire boats will need to reserved early for training sessions as we have a limited number of boats for hire.

Fees for coaching this year are £20 per sailor per day for members and £25 for non members, a parent or guardian must remain on site and booking is now available.

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As in previous years the Saturday coaching leads to the junior and youth May half term camp. If you intend on coming to camp it is important to join in with at least two of the coaching Saturdays, this ensures that our young sailors are familiar with the club coaching environment and ethos, have the appropriate skill level and have made some friends with whom to fully enjoy the camp experience!

2019  Camp

Camp will again run over the May half term week, with sailors invited to arrive on the evening of Tuesday 28th May to participate in coaching on the 29th May, 30th May and 31st May. For more information see the next Tab, Youth Camp

2019 Optimist Open and Yoo regatta

These racing events will follow camp and run on Saturday 1st June.

Main fleet and regatta fleets will have separate starts and there will be fantastic prizes for both events.

This event is sponsored by Yoo by the Lakes.

Other opportunities

There will be further coaching dates in the Summer and Autumn and we plan to re start the Sunday morning hour of power once the weather warms up, please look out for updates in Bowsprit.  I will be standing down from the youth role after camp and we are currently seeking a willing and enthusiastic volunteer to continue organising the program – could this be you?

Other club events

This year there are more events than ever planned at Bowmoor that the whole family can enjoy, these are all advertised on the club website and via the Bowsprit newsletter.

Finally, don’t miss the Friday night social sailing sessions these provide a good opportunity to quietly practice skills learnt from courses and coaching and are a great way to end the week.

Please drop me an email if you have any questions or requests, I am happy to reply by email or call you back.

Rachael Jenkins youth@bowmoor.co.uk