Papercourt Sailing Club is a very active family club with a large number of youth and junior members. Training is geared towards Optimists from about age eight to Toppers, Fevas, Laser 4.7s and Laser Radials. We also have an active group of teenagers who sail other boats, in particular RS200s and Lasers.
Lots of youth members go out and about on the open meeting circuit and to national championships, and it is great to have Papercourt friends around you when you visit other clubs. So why not come sailing at Papercourt, come to some of our social events and make some new friends!
Youth and Junior Training
Youth summer training is aimed at sailors from total beginners (minimum eight years/turning eight years in 2021) up to those interested in improving their sailing, including racing skills. It is hoped this will give them the opportunity and skills to equip them to participate on the open racing circuit and to attend national events.
Winter training is also arranged for more experienced sailors.
Our aim is to develop skills and confidence in Papercourt Sailing Club youth sailors and help non- zone squad sailors gain places at next year’s zone squad selection by improving their sailing ability, confidence and ability to apply racing tactics.
The aim of the youth training is for children to have fun and learn in a safe environment. Sailing helps children develop self-confidence, independence, an ability to think for themselves, problem solving and respect for others and themselves. It is of course also a great way to meet and make new friends.
Key to the success of our training is the use of junior trainers. These are young experienced club sailors many of whom have come up through Oppies, and gone onto RYA squads and racing. Our experience tells us that the kids learn much better from our junior trainers as they look up to them and enjoy their ‘cool, laid back’ approach.
Optimist,Topper and Feva Summer Training 2021
Sailors must be Papercourt members in order to participate.
One form per child please.
Junior and youth summer training will run on Saturday mornings from 3 April (17 April for complete beginners) and will run through to October. Parents need to be willing to help out, either on-shore or as safety boat crew or helm.
There will be a charge of £80 to cover coaching expenses for all training days. Sailors are not expected to turn up for all sessions. However, it is vital to respond to communications if attending as there are strict ratios of sailors to trainers.
To secure registration please complete the application form and payment by 1 April if starting on 3/17 April.
On the day
09:00 – sign in at the clubhouse on arrival. We need to know who is here and how many sailors we have, then go and rig up.
09:30 – Briefings and allocation into groups for the day’s activities. Make sure you’re rigged and ready to go on the water. Appropriate clothing and a buoyancy aid is necessary. We don’t want to turn you away but we must be safe.
11:00ish – a short break (bring some tuck shop money.)
12:30 – Formal training finishes. In the summer our more experienced sailors are encouraged to take part in the Club racing in the afternoon.
PLEASE NOTE: We do not operate as a child minding service and are unable to provide child care facilities. A parent or guardian of any child under age 16 must remain on Club premises throughout each session entered, and shall be at all times responsible for the conduct and participation of the sailor in his or her care.