At Notts County we strongly encourage Junior Sailing across all fleets and classes. Whether it be crewing for an experienced helm in an RS400, or just having fun on the water with friends.
There are a number of instructional courses throughout the year at the club (RYA certified) specifically for juniors where they can learn the basics or progress further alongside sailors their own age. Information can be found in the ‘Learn to sail’ area of the website.
Saturday Club (aimed at the younger juniors) is run to introduce sailing to children in a fun and relaxed way with their peers, whilst allowing others to build confidence to progress their own sailing. This happens in a parent led, safe, and friendly environment. There is a focus on Junior activities on Tuesday evenings (dinghies) and Wednesday evenings (windsurfers), where Juniors are given a chance to try out and improve their sailing and racing. Juniors with more experience and ambitions can test their mettle (and often win) against club regulars using the junior starts in all of the sailing series; Thursday evening, Staurday afternoon or Sunday racing.
The club owns a number of Toppers (single handed boat) and a RS Feva (double handed boat) which are suited towards junior sailors and can be used for racing in these series by arrangement, or even for relevant supervised training. Through the Team 15 set up, windsurfing and windsurfers are also available, Dave Eberlin (contact via the website) being the contact for this.
Sailing just for fun with friends or to build experience can always be had on the main lake at the South end or on the training lake – of course with relevant supervision in place. Throughout the year there are a number events laid on, such as the dedicated Junior Open, and, through our RYA position as a Volvo Champion Club, some of these are official RYA Training or competition events.
The Club’s Junior Rep is Alex Hughes
Feel free to contact me with any questions regarding Junior sailing!