Junior Saturday Clubs
Saturday Club Dates 2017
- 25th March
- 22nd April
- 20th May
- 24th June
- 15th July
- 26th August
- 30th September
- 28th October
- 25th November (no Oppies it's too cold)
Please read the section on Saturday Club Etiquette further down this page.
Registration is mandatory, using the online booking link above NO LATER than the Tuesday prior to a Saturday Club, and earlier if possible. This enables us to organise the activities, boats and sufficient power boat cover. Although quite a number of our young sailors have their own Toppers and Lasers, club boats are always available at these sessions, subject to demand, for those who haven’t.
NOT WELL ENOUGH TO ATTEND: please email Juniors via the contact form - as soon as possible.
Junior Saturday Clubs are informal sailing sessions for juniors and youths from 6 to 19 years of age. It is about having fun in boats and learning skills in a safe and controlled environment. Although not a formal course, instruction is given and beginners are welcome.
According to last year’s signing on sheets 100+ young sailors took advantage of Saturday Club sessions during the year. With the increase in numbers we now run Saturday Club for the whole day split in to morning and afternoon sessions. The club has 8 Oppies; 10 Toppers; 6 RS Fevas and 4 Lasers, and quite a number of children have their own boats, so this format enables us to manage the numbers more easily and ensure everyone has more time to learn.
For those aged 6 to 10 we use Oppies, from 10 onwards we use mainly Toppers. As they grow in experience older sailors may progress to using the RS Fevas, Laser 4.7 and Radials. Very experienced sailors can even learn how to use a trapeze on our Topper Magnos under the watchful eye of one of our Advanced Instructors.
Any child under 10 years old attending a Club event, including Junior events must be accompanied by a parent or guardian or an adult nominated by them, who will be responsible for the safety and welfare of the child throughout the whole time the child is on Club premises. Below our rough session guide, age and length of time in groups may vary according to numbers and ability.
OPPIE SESSIONS for Beginners & Improvers
- OPPIES 1 - 09:15 to 11:15 (this group get the boats out). This is aimed at Beginners, ie for those just starting or those starting their second year. Parents are asked to help get boats ready, please ask the instructor how you can help.
- OPPIES 2 - 11:30 to 13:15. This session is aimed at fhose who have sailed before. It starts with training, this is followed by a briefing and participation in Oppie Fun Start Racing.
- OPPIES 3 – 14:00 to 16:00 (this group put the boats away). This session is for all comers, coming off the water at 15:30, derig and cleared away by 16:00. Parents are asked to help clear away, please ask the instructor how you can help.
Toppers and RS Feva - Which session is for you?
- Lunch will be at 11.45 to 12.30
- Please note that the start time for START RACING is 12:45 (finish 13.15), Start Racing is preceded by a briefing. You should aim to be have your boat rigged and br ready to sail .by 12:15.
- AM Topper sailors can stay on to take part in these races.
- Feva sailors are welcome to join in Start Racing provided the helm is not an experienced racer.
TOPPERS – aged 10 and over
- 1st Session (two groups) at 09:00 to 11:45. Parents are welcome to help with preparation, please ask the instructor to show you what to do.
There is one booking for all abilities, they will be spilt into two groups as appropriate.
- 2nd Session - Group A at 13:30 to 16:00. Boats come off the water at 15:30, participants are expected to attend a debrief and derig and help stow their boats. Parents are welcome to help with clearing away, please ask the instructor to show you what to do.
Complete beginners, those with Stage 1 and Oppie sailors moving up.
- 2nd Session - Group B at 12:30 to 16:00. Boats come off the water at 15:30, participants are expected to attend a debrief and derig and help stow their boats. Parents are welcome to help with clearing away, please ask the instructor to show you what to do.
Improvers groups (those with Stage 2 or over). This session will start with participation in Start Racing, this will be followed by a short break/debrief and then back on the water for training.
- 1st Session 09:00 to 11:45 – Improvers: Stage 2 and/or Improver Toppers
- 2ndSession 13:30 to 16:00 – RS Feva Team Racing: To build racing tactical skills, helms should be competent. Boats come off the water at 15:30, participants are expected to attend a debrief and derig and stow their boats,
We realise that parents have many constraints on their time, and it is not our intention to exclude anyone due to timing difficulties. So if your child is unable to come to the session relative to their ability due to other commitments, please contact us and we will try to fit them in somewhere and somehow.
Saturday Club Etiquette
- Do arrive on time for your session, especially important for Oppies 1 who need to help rig the boats ready for action. Late arrivals hold up those who have made the effort to get to the lake on time.
- It may be necessary to adjust groups after the first sessions to ensure that they all get the most enjoyment and learn as much as possible in their favoured environment.
- Our first Oppie session of the season begins with PARENTS and YOUNG SAILORS learning how to prepare and rig the Oppies ready for the water session. Some of you already know and can quickly teach new parents about rigging, launching and helping on pontoons (buoyancy aid also required for parents).This enables future sessions to get onto the water far quicker.
- Please parents, do take your turn in the galley for each session, or help the instructors after your session by seeing whether any boats need to be put away. After the final Oppie session please help the instructor put the Oppies and powerboat away. Ensure your child puts the club helmet away and the buoyancy aid they borrow back ON the rail (not on the floor!) in the container ready for the next group.
- Whatever the weather may look like – it may still feel cold (early April can be very, very cold). Do bring warm clothes, waterproofs, gloves (latex ones inside), woolly/fleece hat – a set of spare clothes, just in case…. If you have no sailing boots, don’t worry: A pair of trainers, two pairs of thin socks and a plastic bag between them will do just as well, and no-one need see the plastic bag. ‘Hot or neoprene socks’ are great for keeping feet drier and warmer, ask instructors about them, or look on the internet.
- Parents bring a snack for your young sailors, they tend to get quite hungry.
- VOLUNTEERS: while you are waiting why not introduce yourself to the galley team and get involved in sharing the not too onerous duties of drink and biscuit distribution. For several years one of the Dad’s has been alarmingly efficient in the kitchen so please do not feel this is a ‘one gender zone’!
- Do ensure your child takes all their clothing home with them. If a parent of each gender could PLEASE go in and ‘move a mop around’ to avoid unnecessary accidents on slippery floors happening, we would be extremely grateful. We do have cleaners once a week but that is on Thursdays.