We teach children to sail from the age of 8, following the RYA Stages, with Stage 1 being appropriately called ‘Start Sailing’, going up to Stage 4.
Over time there is progression from taught sailing to ‘Race Coaching’ and members who have passed Stage 1 can join in the Sunday coaching sessions and races. These sessions take the Juniors right through from Club Sailing, to local events and through to the RYA Zone squads. Along the way a lot of fun is had with Pirates Days, Family Camping, and summer activities.
Young sailors are positively encouraged and welcome to join in with all Club activities. Sailors without boats of their own can use the club's fleet of race rigged Toppers, Optimists, RS Teras, Laser Pico, RS Feva, Hartley H12/2 or the Club's Laser Radial or 4.7
There is a very friendly and active youth section, with high quality coaching for the beginner and improver throughout the season. The Club is a leading member of the Northamptonshire Junior Circuit and regularly sends representatives to major national youth events such as the Eric Twiname National Junior Finals and National Schools Regatta.
The club has several members in RYA Zone Squads, and the National Youth Squads.
A two-day course running at the same time (but separately) as Safety Boat courses.
This course provides the skills and background knowledge needed to drive a powerboat and is the basis of the International Certificate of Competence. SUITABLE FOR ALL MEMBERS.
It focuses on low speed close quarters handling, man overboard recovery, an introduction to driving at planing speed, and collision regulations. Our course follows the ‘inland’ part of the syllabus and your certificate will be endorsed accordingly.
A RYA issued Power-boating card will be issued to those satisfactory completing the course.
You will need to provide a passport style photograph on completion of the Powerboat course.
The course and certificate are free. However, you will be required to purchase the RYA ‘Start Power-boating’ and the RYA ‘Powerboat Schemes & Logbook’. Both will available at the start of your course. (Current costs are £25 pp)
If an experienced (non-certificated) power boater joins the club it is possible to have a direct assessment done. Contact Carol Halliday for more info.
Assumed knowledge: None.
Minimum duration: Courses are 3 days for members (2 day non-members). The taught part of the course is usually two consecutive Saturdays and requires attendance on both days. The extra day to complete the course is an opportunity to put your new skills into practice, by providing safety cover for an extra day (BO for SB course, ABO for PB2). This could be done, ideally, helping on an Adult Dinghy Course where there are instructors available and time to get some practice in.
Minimum age: 12 yrs. Candidates under the age of 16 will be issued with an endorsed certificate.
Course content: Launching and recovery, boat handling, securing to a buoy, anchoring, leaving and coming alongside, man overboard, basic navigation, collision regulations, close quarters handling, high speed manoeuvres.Ability after the course: Self-sufficient powerboater in the right conditions, aware of own limitations and those of craft. Hollowell minimum standard to drive a powerboat unsupervised.