Our training programmes encourage our junior members to learn to sail and then to improve their sailing skills by learning to race. We use Oppies, Toppers and Firefly dinghies which help us create an enviroment that encourages children to continue sailing into their teenage years and beyond.
1st April. Alexander Baxter, Emmanuelle Nairac, Oliver Burrows, Chandara Olgunsoy and Olivier Balfour represented the Club at the N.S.S.A Double Handed Team Racing Championships on the 30th March at Farmoor Reservoir. The 12 teams that entered were initially divided into two leagues of 6. We managed to win our leaugue with 4 wins out of 5 the same as Magdelen B who we finished ahead of as we beat them in the head to head.
After lunch the teams were seeded into Gold and Silver leagues. Results didn't go quite as well this time round and we only managed 1 win out of 5 in the Gold league which meant we didn't make it to the semi finals. An indication of how close all the racing was is that our only win came against Magdelen B again! They eventually ran out winners of the final.
Two of our team members did get the opportunity of sailing in the finals for other teams. Chandara stepped in to helm the last three races in the Silver league for a team from Bristol Docks S.C. who had lost a team member through illness half way through the round. Paul Deane who learnt to sail at WOSC and is regularly seen competing with us at Southport coached this team and they won their way through to their final which they lost in a very close race. Olly Burrows kindly stepped in to crew for Radley all Stars in their semi final and 3rd place sail off both of which they lost.
All in all a great event and hopefully next year it won't fall over the Easter weekend so that we can call upon all our sailors and enter two teams or more.
Junior Pre-Season Briefing 27th April 2.00pm. Come along and find out how we operate and which part of the programme is best for you. If you are new to Junior sailing at WOSC then it is very advisable and helpful for us if you attend this briefing.
2013 Junior Sailing Programme
Our Junior sailing programme aims to provide something for all our Junior members aged 8yrs. to 18yrs. Whether you are complete beginner or an experienced racer there is something for you.
27th April Junior Pre-Season Briefing 2.00pm
4th May Saturday Juniors 1 2.00pm
5th May New team racing for all event (min. 4 sailors per team required)
6th May Club Open day incl. Junior Team Race demonstration and much more fun for all.
11th/12th May Firefly Open Meeting
18th May Novice and Dabblers Racing 1.00pm/Sat sailing with Patrol Boat
25th May Saturday Juniors 2 2.00pm
1st June Novice and Dabblers Racing 1,00pm/Sat sailing with Patrol Boat
2nd June Juniors 1 10.00pm followed by Junior series race 1
8th June Saturday Juniors 3 2.00pm
9th June Juniors 2 10.00pm followed by Junior series race 2
23rd June Juniors 3 10.00pm followed by Junior series race 3
29th June Saturday Juniors 4 2.00pm
30th June Juniors 4 10.00pm followed by Junior series race 4
7th July Juniors 5 10.00pm followed by Junior series race 5
13th July Novice and Dabblers Racing 1.00pm/Sat sailing with Patrol Boat
14th July Juniors 6 10.00pm followed by Junior series race 6
20th July Saturday Juniors 5 2.00pm
5th August Junior Sailing Week starts
9th August Junior Sailing Week
10th August Junior Regatta
14th Sept. Junior Team Race Training 1.30pm
21st Sept. Junior Team Race Training 1.30pm
28th Sept. Junior team race Training 1.30pm
5th Oct. Junior Team Race Training 1.30pm.
12th Oct Junior Team Race Training 1.30pm
19th/20th Oct. National Youth and Junior Team Racing Championships (Farmoo
28th September 2012
Our two teams competed at the National Youth and Junior Twiname Team Racing Championships last weekend. There was no sailing on the first day due to fog and a complete lack of wind which was very disappointing for all the 282 sailors taking part, organizers and parents. Below a team photo taken in the fog on Saturday coutesy of Steve Baker
Fortunately the second day saw much better conditions with a steady, if a little chilly, north easterly force 2 wind. The round robin that should have been sailed on Saturday was completed with each team sailing 8 races the best 4 teams then going straight to semi-finals and then a final. Our teams sailed well up to expectations with WOSC 1 winning 2 races against West Kirby 2 and Elizabeth College. Out of the other 5 teams they sailed against 3 ended up in the semi-finals, Magdelen College 1 and 2 and Sevenoaks 1. WOSC Warriors our second team made up of 5 sailors aged 14 or under and ably lead by Chandra got off to a good start with a couple of close races which might have ended up in wins without navigation and equipment errors. After this they continued to sail well up to their ability and although in Johnny Howe's words were 'smashed' in some of their following races might have pulled off an unlikely win in their last race with Zac Nairac holding 2nd for much of the race and making a valiant attempt to hold up the opposition on the second last leg.
All in all a great experience for all the team and with 11 out of the 12 sailors available next year and others waiting in the wings, a full team racing fleet of Fireflies at the Club and continued enthusiasm and hard work by the sailors we have every chance of winning some more races next year. Thanks must go to everyone involved in the fantastic organization of this event. The two pictures below coutesy of Steve Baker are of our teams on the ferry jetty and WOSC warriors at the start of a race.
And finally WOSC Warriors familiarizing themselves with their boats before their first race
10th September 2012
The Twiname Champs at Farmoor on 20th/21st Oct are fast approaching and we have our final training session this Saturday 13th. The following link will give you information on the event www.sailracer.co.uk/events/event.asp?eventid=138133 Our teams are nearly finalised and we are hoping for some good wind on Saturday as unfortunately last week the lack of wind did not help our session. However we were able to launch our two new Fireflys generously provided by Sport England. Below is a picture of No. 6 about to be launched by Alex Baxter and Eddie Baker watched on by Eddie's father and other WOSC Juniors. Picture courtesy of Helen Howe.