Our active Juniors group meet on various dates throughout the summer season, enjoying a broad range of training, social events (including our Annual Regatta) and many other fun-filled activities.
Juniors is run by the parents. Children of club members are welcome to join for an annual fee from the age of seven.
As an RYA recognised training centre, we use their course structure with plenty of added fun. Our aim is that the children safely acquire good sailing skills and a love of sailing.
WHAT DOES JUNIORS ANNUAL MEMBERSHIP GIVE ME?
Subject to sailing ability and suitable parental supervision, Junior group membership gives free access to the fleet of junior boats outside of the organised activity times. So when you join Juniors you don't need to make an investment in a boat for your children to be able to sail at Whitefriars.
As a member of the Junior group, you can book onto courses and lessons as set out below.
THE 'NORMAL' JUNIOR GROUP PROGRAMME
Organised Junior Group Sessions usually run once or twice a month from March – November (9.30am - 4.00pm). Our aim is to focus on the RYA Youth Scheme stages 1 – 4 through a mix of formal and informal instruction, games and generally messing about on the water.
Once children have progressed through all four RYA youth training stages (which usually takes several seasons) they can progress to the Youth Development Squad (YDS), where more experienced young sailors can hone their skills and discover advanced sailing skills, such as racing, sailing with spinnakers and seamanship.
This year we will be running sessions, which are suitable to all our Junior members. The maximum number of juniors for each session is 40 and the sessions are organised into the RYA Youth Scheme stages 1-4 and YDS. These sessions provide opportunities to practise, complete any parts of a stage not completed and start to work on the next stage, all under the excellent guidance of our parent and young volunteer instructors.
Please note: Junior group sessions are only open to members of the Juniors Group (new members welcome and can be signed up via LoveAdmin) and must be pre-booked, also via LoveAdmin (unless stated otherwise).
Click here for a complete run-down of all Juniors RYA training courses for summer 2022.
Junior specific Easter sailing is organised for Friday 15th and Saturday 16th April. These sessions can be booked via LoveAdmin.
There is also a Junior weekend organised for the 3rd and 4th June, where there is a weekend of sailing activities planned.
Junior specific activities and racing will be included within the club regatta weekend on 25th and 26th June.
We have the annual club away weekend to the Andrew Simpson Foundation @ the National Sailing Centre in Portland, Weymouth on Saturday 17th & Sunday 18th September – keep an eye on email and Facebook updates for more information.
The season ends with a fantastic end of season party and prizegiving (with morning sailing if weather permits) at the end of November. This date will be announced sooner the time.
Children need to be dressed and ready to go for the start of any session and are expected to stick around for the de-brief and to de-rig and pack away boats and equipment before leaving.
Children need to bring a packed lunch, snacks and drinks with them to each session, although we will provide regular hot chocolate to keep them warm on chillier days.
Please Note: Parents/Guardians must remain on site whilst their children participate in Junior activities.
Member help is also appreciated in the rigging and de-rigging of all the boats. Also, if you would like to become more involved in supporting the sessions, there are opportunities for parents to become Assistant Instructors through training within the club.
CALLING ALL PARENTS
Parental help is vital to the successful running of the Juniors group.
Whilst we expect young sailors to learn how to rig boats themselves, help is always required with rigging/de-rigging, moving boats on and off the water, packing everything away and ensuring the children are happy and safe.
We also really appreciate help on the water, instructing and driving the coaching boats.
If you are an experienced sailor and wish to help instruct, or you’re a qualified safety boat driver, please get in touch or email [email protected].
HOW TO BOOK A SESSION
Our Junior Group courses and sessions are only open to members. This season we have over 12 sessions booked but there is a maximum of 40 juniors per sessions, so do book as early as possible to avoid disappointment (all sessions for the season are now live to book via LoveAdmin). Booking for each session closes the week before, so we can coordinate our volunteer instructors.
Session prices for 2022 have been held at £15, bookable through LoveAdmin once you become a Junior Group member.