Junior Start Sailing / Youth week

Junior Start Sailing

Aimed at beginners these courses provide a short introduction to the sport of sailing.
By the end of the course, participants will have a basic understanding of boat handling techniques and background knowledge enabling them to get afloat under supervision.
ADDED BONUS: Once you have completed your Stage 1 you can join our Youth Coaching sessions which take place on alternate Sunday mornings.


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RYA HSC

See the RYA stages at bottom of page

Introduction to the sport of sailing. Covers all you need to know to get afloat under supervision.

Courses are either over a weekend or four Tuesday evenings or four Sunday mornings

HSC has a long and established record of encouraging and developing junior sailors through fun sailing programs. Our established team of volunteers behind junior sailing certainly wants to build on this tradition.

So whether you’re child has never set foot in a dinghy before, or whether they are already in to racing we are certain that Hollowell will provide a safe, exciting and inspiring environment to nurture their interest. All our courses follow the RYA Youth Training stages.

Please note that for juniors aged 13 or under, a nominated responsible adult must remain on site during the course.

DATES FOR 2022 COURSES CAN BE FOUND WITH FURTHER INFORMATION ON OUR ONLINE BOOKING SYSTEM HERE


Youth Week (Dinghies and Sailboards)

The week is run by volunteers – and everyone is very welcome to join in.

Our annual Youth Week provides fun sail training for young club members up to the age of 18. It is for all - including beginners.
The week includes rigging & launching, sailing tuition, race with a picnic, water games, social events, a grand prize giving on the final Friday.

You can also camp during the week with access to the club kitchen, toilets and showers.

Early registration is appreciated.


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Junior Sailing RYA Stages

Junior sailing courses for Under 16s are generally taught in groups as they learn quicker and enjoy this style of learning. These courses follow the RYA scheme, and working to their ratios for tuition and safety while keeping the courses enjoyable and stimulating.

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Stage One

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

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Stage Two

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

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Stage Three

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

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Stage Four

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

To get in touch either send us an email or call into the club when we are running organised racing.