Youth Coaching (Youth Squad)

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. Details below.

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.
Contact Larissa for more information

Coaching Dates for 2017

Sunday 19 March Sunday 9 April Sunday 23 April Sunday 7 May Sunday 28 May Sunday 11 June
Sunday 25 June Sunday 9 July Sunday 13 Aug Sunday 10 Sept Sunday 24 Sept Sunday 15 Oct

Book a HSC hire boat online

Book your boat for Sunday Youth Training at Google docs. When you have made your booking remember to do a File- Save in the top LH corner before logging out.

Youth Squad Captain 2017 - Henry Avery

Thanks to all who voted me Youth Captain - again! If you have anything you think the Youth Squad needs then let me know. See you all at the next training session - Henry

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

Youth Week-Dinghy/Windsurfing

Mon 24 July 2017 Tue 25 July 2017 Wed 26 July 2017 Thu 27 July 2017 Fri 28 July 2017
Sailboards Day 1 Sailboards Day 2 Dinghy Day 1 Dinghy Day 2 Dinghy Day 3

2016 - Review

Topper Worlds:
    Morgan Smith 14th in Gold fleet
    Andrew Sturt 2nd , Gemma McDonnell 10th  in Silver fleet
    Rachael McDonnell Jude Singleton – Bronze fleet
Topper Nationals (173 entries)
    Andrew Sturt 14th, Morgan 15th & Gemma McDonnell 55th  in Gold fleet
    Rachel McDonnell, Jude Singleton- Silver fleet
    Hazel McDonnell 18th/39 in 4.2 fleet
Oppie Nationals results (122 entries)
    Hazel McDonnell 78 - Top Midlands sailor
    Iris Singleton 101
    Ellen Morley 103


Nothants Youth Sailing

The Northamptonshire Schools Sailing and Canoeing Association (NSSCA) is a registered charity and is affiliated to, and shares the aims and aspirations of, the National School Sailing Association (NSSA), namely to introduce and develop young people in the sport of dinghy sailing.

Link to external website NSSA

Anglian Water Series

The Northamptonshire Schools Sailing & Canoeing Association (NSSCA) runs the Anglian Water Series. This is a four event series for youth sailors in the East Midlands. One event is held at each of four clubs Hollowell SC, Northampton SC, Banbury SC and Cransley SC.

The format is coaching and racing with fleet coaching in the morning, a full debrief over lunch, and three races in the afternoon before a prize giving with trophies for the top three in each fleet.

The largest single fleet is Toppers and there are also fast and slow handicap fleets with everything from Optimists to 29ers racing. Last year the average number racing at each event was over 30 boats.

The idea behind the series is for local, friendly events that encourage young sailors from the four clubs to start racing. It is though open to all and there have been sailors from as far as Yorkshire and Hampshire over the years with RYA National Junior and Youth Squad sailors participating alongside first time racers. This has provided both advice from top young sailors to those looking to improve and also a standard to aspire to.