Youth Training

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.

Coaching Dates for 2019


Youth Week (Windsurfing / Dinghy)

Sailboards Day 1 Sailboards Day 2 Dinghy Day 1 Dinghy Day 2 Dinghy Day 3

Youth Series Fixtures 2019

A full list of fixtures can be downloaded here...........FIXTURES 2018


Midlands Events for Junior Sailors

There are lots of opportunities for juniors to sail in events in the Midlands: the fixture download (above) summarises these including Optimist and Topper events and the P&B series that is for any junior class boat.

wo of the events are at Hollowell so it would be great to get a good turn out from Hollowell sailors for these events. Most of these events are less than an hour away from Hollowell so well within reach for a day trip.

If it’s anyone’s first time sailing away from the club and they want some advice or want to borrow a boat they can contact Graham Smith (, Felix McMullan (our new Hollowell Sailing Club Youth Leader) or myself (Ivor McDonnell, 0116 2402087). Most of the coaches know all about these events so they should also be able to help answer any questions.

Ivor McDonnell and Graham Smith (Joint Junior Fleet Captains)

Please go to our Facebook page to register your interest in attending the Cransley event. Thank you.

Link here for booking form.

Youth Beginner Courses


A basic understanding of how a boat sailing, with some experience of steering and handling the boat

Assumed knowledge: None

Minimum age: Children from the age of 8

Course content: Launching and recovery, steering, parts of the boat, basic sailing

Ability after course: Able to steer and understand basic principles


A range of sailing skills and knowledge to help in becoming a confident sailor

Assumed knowledge: Stage 1, unless you are doing a combined Stage 1 and 2 course. Basic knowledge and steering ability

Minimum age: Children from the age of 8

Course content: Basic sailing skills, rope-work, collision avoidance

Ability after course: Able to tack and control boat speed, and understand basic principles


Rigging, launching and sailing in any direction. Equivalent to Level 2 in the National Sailing Scheme

Assumed knowledge: Up to and including the Stage 2 course

Minimum age Children: from the age of 8

Course content: Rigging, launching and recovery, sailing techniques, capsize recovery, sailing theory

Ability after course: Able to launch and sail a dinghy around a triangle in moderate conditions


Sail a double handed boat as crew or helm, and solve a variety of problems afloat. (optional if Stage 3 was taken in a double hander

Assumed knowledge: Up to and including Stage 3

Minimum age: Children from the age of 8

Course content: Rigging, launching and recovery, sailing techniques and manoeuvres in crewed boats, recovering a man overboard

Ability after course: Can launch and return to a beach, jetty or mooring, and sail a crewed dinghy around a triangle in moderate conditions

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