Junior Sailing 


RHYC has a very active junior sailing section, organising regattas, races and cruises.  Specific news about the Topper, Optimist and Tera classes can be found on their own class pages.

Follow this link - PDF of the Racing Marks at RHYC - to a diagram of the buoys and marks off the clubhouse that are normally used for racing.  Top Tip - print, laminate and stick to your dinghy so you always know where the marks are!

Tim Hunt – Rear Commodore, Sailing

Children's Cruise in Company

RHYC Adventure Sail CIC to Hamford Water 22nd - 24th July 2016.

Family fun - pirates, BBQ, real buried treasure hunt, sailing, Y-Ball, beach fire, seal watching, exploring and optional camping! What’s not to like? 

Ten children of mixed age groups, permission to be a Pirate, marshmallows on the beach cooked on a beach fire, “what could possibly go wrong”?! 

A contingent of our merry band set sail for Hamford Water on Friday night safely delivered by the Commodore.  It was there that the remainder of the fleet and young Privateers join the fun on Saturday at approximately noon.  

Already camped on the beach, the campers were joined by more tents preparing for the evening fun. After an impatient wait for the support RIBs that had been delayed due to a lack of directional skills and knowledge of where the keys were kept, the three RIBs finally joined the party, Lion 2 skippered by Belinda and Olly, Becky crewed by Ally, and RIB Monty skippered by Bailey Pitt, crewed by Andy. 

A quick look at the tidal state meant a speedy departure for the circumnavigation of Swallows Island by way of the Red Sea, following the footsteps of Arthur Ransome’s “Secret Water”. Following a rapid secure and tow of Becky M’s RIB the two support boats and range Peel set to towing the Optimist fleet for the first leg to find more conducive wind angles and     a less active tidal flow. Using Monty to measure the water depth, the fleet edged its way along hidden channels defined by missing withies and using the Commodore’s local knowledge of creek’s navigated “once in a time before”.

The Optimist fleet augmented by a ragtag collation of racing and cruising sailing dinghies, circumnavigated the island and emerged unscathed and enthused into a now lively flow of tide re-entering Stone Point, at which point the RIBs joined by Becky in her now fully functional RIB (less choke this time), took the sailing dinghies into tow back to the beach.  Shortly after reapplying sun cream on this idyllic summer’s day the fun reignited on the beach. First to start was the quest to find the “Pirates Buried Haul of Treasure”!!

The treasure maps once read and deciphered meant that soon all three treasure chests had been, found, dug up, opened and the contents consumed! Then to the prize giving, making all the little Buccaneers worthy of the name. The Commodore lit the fire and the marshmallows were issued from the ships stores, a winner at any drunken pirate port!

BBQ’s lit and bellies full the sounds of the day subsided away leaving the hardy few to huddle around the embers of the beach fire glowing into the dark.  The rise of the sun found a mixed bag of campers who had seemed to have gone feral overnight, with the yacht dwellers still holding onto empty grog bottles and melted ice puddles. Soon all factions reunited on the beach taking part in tug of war bouts, Y Ball games and sand castle competitions. The common theme of water gun fights provide the sound track to the events only subsiding as the Fleet moved to Hamford Water at noon.   

The support RIB’s were back in action towing Optimists and ferrying seal watchers to the pleasantly large numbers of sun bathing seals along Kirby Creek.  The return to the RHYC went without incident as the race against the lowering tide forced a rush to recover the RIBs.

Thank you to the Stamp family for my “unique” bottle of Rum!

A huge thank you and well done to so many for making the event a great asset to the club and enjoyable for the participating kids, both on the water and off. GREAT WORK!

Junior Training Weeks

We are keen to get children sailing and working towards the recognized RYA dinghy sailing qualifications from an early age and are proud to offer a variety of courses for all children in a secure and friendly environment. Courses are aimed at children from 8 - 17 years of age with all abilities catered for. 

Dates for 2018 will be advised as soon as they are confirmed!

Junior Race Week - 27th - 31st August 2018 

Classes for Junior Week include Laser, Topper, Tera, Handicap, Optimist and Regatta Fun Fleet.

Get the date in your diary for 2018. More information will follow around May time.

Junior Saturday Sailing, 2017

Our OnBoard and Junior Race Training programme offers fun, informal sessions for children aged six and above on selected Saturdays from April to October. Times vary depending on the tide.

OnBoard caters for beginners upwards, with the aim of getting children out on the water and teaching them new skills, while having a great time. When they're ready, our Race Training group gives them the chance to go on to develop their seamanship, as well as racing skills.  

Each session starts with a briefing, with children changed and boats rigged, and an adult needs to remain at RHYC throughout. 

This programme is only made possible thanks to volunteers, so please get in touch with Rosie Davey (rgb14@btinternet.co.uk) if you're able to help with rescue boat cover, shore party duty or instructing.

A quote from a parent:

“Just wanted to drop you a note to say how good the On Board is at RHYC. I spoke to the office yesterday who were very happy to roll the payment for the unattended session the other day to the next one and overall they are great to deal with.  We're finding the whole experience friendly, organised, safe, value for money and fun and the location is great too.” 

New Booking System

This year all bookings are to be made online for places and boat hire. Payment will be required at the same time using PayPal. As a trial we will be making three sessions at a time available to book but we do ask that if you book you do utilise the space.
Refunds for unused places cannot be given. 

Further information:

1. Both OnBoard and Race Training take place at the same time but with different instructors.

2. Members can book for £10.00 per session and non-members £25.00.

3. Optimists, Teras and Toppers will be charged at £5 per session and are allocated at the time of booking, subject to availability. 

4. As sessions are often full, please let the office know if your child is not able to attend.

5. Please join the Junior Sailing RHYC Facebook page to find out more.


Dates are listed for 2017 below along with the start time (please note sailors should  be rigged and changed for this time):

 29th April1230
 6th May 1000
 13th May 1200
 27th May1130
 17th June 1500
 24th June 1000
 1st July 1500
 8th July 1030
 15th July 1430
 22nd July 0930
 5th August 0930
 2nd September 0930
 9th September 1230
 7th October 1130
21st October  1130