Our junior sailing activities are designed to introduce our younger members aged from about 8 upwards to the sport, on our fleet dinghies ( 2 RS Visions, 3 RS Fevas and 9 Toppers ).
The club restarted dinghy activities in the spring of 2013 and since then the junior programme programme has really flourished. Following Cafe Alf Resco's generous donation of an RS Vision our Junior dinghy activity grew at a rapid pace. Last year we were also successful in a Sport England Bid and the investment in a dedicated Ribeye safety boat, called Clio, has allowed us to grow our Junior squad to 24. We also bought a Topper road trailer and our Junior leads are thinking through which of the local regattas the more competent juniors will compete in. In addition to the brilliant Port of Dartmouth junior regatta of course.
Each year we undergo a rigorous inspection by the RYA to ensure that we continue to meet their high standards for safety and training. All our Junior sessions are run by a Senior Instructor, with volunteers providing safety boat cover and a First Aider is at every session. So you can be sure that safety, as well as fun, is at the top of our agenda.
Every year we run the hugely popular weekly SPLASH! dinghy sailing sessions during the summer term on Saturdays. This is open to members between the ages of 8 and 16 and provides a great chance for our juniors to either learn the sport or practice their skills. Our senior instructor keeps the emphasis on learning and fun but Splash! sessions can also lead to an RYA stage 1 or 2 qualification. Keep an eye on our club emails for details.