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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.




For the 2017 season, we have put together a coaching programme drawing on the most popular activity from recent years whilst trying to build-in some new events with an emphasis on having fun at Bowmoor!  In the Spring, the Bowmoor calendar is even more busy than last year, we have therefore selected our Saturday coaching dates as carefully as possible.

Once again, we intend to run Optibat, Optimist and single hander coaching groups.  In addition this year we are keen to encourage our more able young sailors to have a go at asymmetric sailing.

Saturday Coaching dates for RYA post level two sailors of Optibats, Optimists and single handers
Sat 1st April
Sat April 29th
Sat May 6th
Sat May 20th

We will aim to run an Optibat group for those who have recently completed their RYA  level 2 and who do not own their own boat yet.  We will also run an improver Optimist group for those who have their own boat and who are either working towards or have just begun to club race and an advanced Optimist group for those perfecting their skills.

For the single handers we will split as per demand, like the Optimists we are planning to run two different level groups to accommodate the needs of all the sailors.  There are club boats available to hire for these sessions.
The Saturday coaching days will cost £20 per sailor per day for members and £25 per sailor per day for non-members. Each child is required to have a parent or guardian on site for the day. To keep the costs down we also ask that parents help out either ashore or afloat as needed, thank you.

2017 Optimist and Youth Camp – Camp will again run over the May half term week, with sailors invited to arrive on the evening of Tuesday 30th May to participate in coaching on the 31st May, 1st and 2nd June.  We will run groups similar to the coaching Saturdays but with an additional ‘Sailing for Fun’ group for those who simply enjoy being on the water and a pirate group for younger siblings.

2017 Optimist Open and Yoo regatta – These racing events will follow camp and run on Saturday 3rd May.  We will run racing for a main fleet and regatta fleet in both events, making these an ideal first competition for those new to racing.
If you are interested contact Rachael Jenkins Youth Manager & Optimist Flotilla Leader youth@bowmoor.co.uk


The next training dates we have coming up are: 28-29th January, 18th March and 22-23rd April

Youth Manager & Optimist Flotilla Leader – Rachael Jenkins youth@bowmoor.co.uk

Topper Flotilla Leader – James Relph at duty-manager@bowmoor.co.uk

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

BYTE Class Captain – Emily Watson at byte@bowmoor.co.uk