Junior Saturday Clubs


Saturday Club Dates 2019

  • 23rd March
  • 27th April
  • 25th May
  • 22nd June
  • 20th July
  • 17th August
  • 14th September
  • 19th October
  • 16th November (no Oppies - it's too cold)

Goto Online Bookings

Please read the section on Saturday Club Etiquette further down this page.

Booking online

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. Please take care to fill in the volunteer section accurately, Saturday Club would not be possible without the help of parents and guardians.

If the session you wish to book is full you can register on the 'Saturday Club - Reserve' event, if someone drops out then we may be able to offer you a place,

UNABLE TO ATTEND: please email Cheif Instructor via the contact form - as soon as possible. priorr to the Saturday Club, or phone the club house if a problem arises on the day. 

What is Junior Saturday Club?

Junior Saturday Clubs are informal sailing sessions for junior and youth members from 6 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.

The club has 8 Oppies; 10 Toppers; 4 RS Fevas and 4 Lasers for use during Saturday Clubs, this is not sufficient to meet demand so if you have your own Topper or Feva please use it to ensure that everyone gets a sail. More information on the club boats can be found here.

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.

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.

What goes on?

In the mornings there are sessions in the various classes of boat, see below.
There is a break (important for our instructors) for lunch between 11.45 and 12.30
Start Racing, a half hour race for anyone wanting to have a go at racing, starts at 12:45, you should aim to be have your boat rigged and be ready to sail .by 12:15 and be sure to attend the briefing. This is all about having a go, instructors are on the water to help. Experienced racers are not eligible to helm but are encouraged to crew for less experienced helms. 
In the afternoons there are sessions in the various classes of boat, see below.

Oppies - for Beginners & Improvers (6 to 10 years)

  • OPPIES AM -  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 PM – 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.
  • Start Racing - We hope that some Oppie sailors will want to join in with Start Racing, just let the Oppie Instructor know and he or she will ensure that that there is a boat available and support on the water. The race starts at 12:45, you need to be ready at least 30 minutes before. There are instructors on the water giving advice and the occassional nudge to help.

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.

Toppers - Which session is for you?

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.   

RS Feva - Which session is for you?
Fevas / Laser 4.7

1st Session 09:00 to 11:45 – RS Fevas:  Participants must have attained at least Stage 2 and are expected to attend briefing & debriefing and rig and their boats
2ndSession 13:30 to 16:00  – RS Fevas / Lasers : Participants must have attained at least Stage 2 and are expected to attend briefing & debriefing and derig and stow their boats. Those wanting to try a sailing a Laser 4.7 must get prior agreement of the session instructor, permission will depend on a number of factors on the day.

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.