Junior Saturday Sailing

Quick Printable Guide to the Racing and Training Programme 2021

Our Lion Cubs, OnBoard and Lions Race Training groups offer fun, informal sessions for children (age five upwards) on selected Saturdays from April to October. Levels range from absolute beginners to those with RYA Level 4 and times vary depending on the tide and group (please see below). 

Each session starts with a briefing, with children already changed and boats rigged. An adult must remain at RHYC throughout.

Junior sailing groups

Lion Cubs started in 2018 and is aimed at children aged five to seven, who want to give sailing a go. The emphasis is on building confidence and swapping in and out of boats, rather than each child being allotted their own boat for the full session.  Due to the sailors’ age, Lion Cubs will last two hours, rather than three hours, will start later in the year and will finish earlier.  Club Optimists will be provided so there is no need to hire a boat for this group.

Offering a fun introduction to sailing from age eight upwards (seven-year-olds will be considered on a discretionary basis), these three-hour sessions aim to get children out on the water and learning new skills. 

Beginners:  a fun introduction to sailing from age 8 upwards.
Intermediate: follow on training for age 8 upwards. Participants will need to have completed either a season of junior sailing at RHYC or have their RYA Level 2.
Experienced: participants will need to have completed at least two seasons of junior sailing at RHYC or hold at least RYA Level 3 and been invited by one of the Senior Instructors to join.
If you’re unsure which group to book your child in to please check with the office.  

Optimists and Toppers are available to hire through the RHYC website for those who don’t have their own boat.  We strongly encourage those in the Intermediate group to buy their own Optimist as club boats are set up for beginners.

When they're ready, Lions Race Training gives juniors the chance to go on to develop their seamanship, as well as racing skills. 

It’s largely sailed in Optimists and Toppers, but Teras are welcome.  Sailors should be at RYA Level 3 or above, be capable of self-rescue and be able to sail around a triangular course competently in a Force 3.  Unfortunately, the club’s Optimists are not suitable to hire for this group as they are not set up for racing.   

2020 Dates (All Saturdays):

** Please note Lion Cubs starts 30 minutes later, the session lasts 2 hours.

Further information:

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

2. Members can book OnBoard and Lions Race Training for £ per session and non-members £.  Members can book Lion Cubs for £ a session and non-members for £ a session.  Please contact the office for more about how to become a member.  Cadet membership in 2020 is £53.  

3. Boat hire is as follows:
Lion Clubs - included in the price.
OnBoard Beginners - Optimist or Topper £ per session.
OnBoard Intermediates - Optimist or Topper £ per session.
Lions Race Training - Optimist or Topper* £ per session. Tera £ per session. Feva £ per session.
* Please note the instructor will decide which rig is best for you. 

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

5. If the session is full and you’d like to be added to a waiting list, please contact the office. 

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

What you will need:

  • Sailors:

Buoyancy Aid ( ISO 12402-5)
Wetsuit - please ensure this fits properly
Spray Top or thin windproof jacket and windproof over trousers
Sailing boots or shoes (please no Crocs or Flip Flops)
Woolly or Sun Hat
Water Bottle
Gloves (optional)
Towel and a change of clothing.

  • Adults on RIB's:
Warm layers
Buoyancy Aid
Footwear and trousers that can get wet.

  • Adults assisting with Launch / Recovery:
Wellington Boots or Waders!

Please NO bare feet!

There is a secondhand rail of sailing equipment at the Club. 
If you do want further guidance or suggestions please contact the Office on 01473 780319 - it really does not have to cost a fortune to equip your child!

• To be water confident and able to swim.


Junior sailing at RHYC is only made possible thanks to volunteers. Please get in touch with Rosie Davey (rosiegdavey@gmail.com) 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 over all 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.”