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Junior Sailing

Junior members are encouraged to learn to sail through our Sailing School courses and to continue to improve their sailing skills by learning to race in the Junior Regatta, Junior Race Series and by taking part in Team Racing Events

We use Oppies, Toppers and Firefly dinghies which help us create an environment that encourages children to continue sailing into their teenage years and beyond.

Below are links to our Junior Policy and Risk Assessment

junior sailing policy 2018.docx

junior RA 2018(1).docx

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Junior Events

Junior events are now in the Event Calendar and can be copied to your electronic calendar with the click of a button. All Junior training is free, though donations to the Martin Gibson Junior Sailing Fund are welcome

Learn to sail with WOSC Sailing School

There are two main opportunities for Juniors to Learn to Sail at WOSC through our RYA accredited Sailing School. You can come along to the Saturday afternoon Sailing Training for Juniors and Adults, and you can come to Junior Sailing Week. Details are on the Sailing School pages.

Junior Regatta

Always an exciting day with all abilities catered for. Three fleets, Oppies, Toppers and Firefly/Laser (Handicap). Other classes of boat may enter and will be placed in the Firefly/Laser fleet. Five races will be scheduled with the final ‘medal’ race to decide the Club Junior Champion, ramping up the excitement at the end of the day.

There is no need to book for this event, but you will need to sign in on the racing form on the day. 

Briefing at 10:30 with the first start at 11:00. We will aim to have the prize giving at 16:00 at the latest. There is no hire charge for Club boats sailed in this event but please remember to sign boats out. Boats will not be available for general hire between 10:30 and 16:00 pm on the day. for dates please see the club calendar or your programme.

Junior Race Series

Put all that you've learned during Junior Sailing Week to good use by joining in with the Junior Racing Series. These races take place in September and October with the start at 12pm, finishing about 1pm. All classes of boats can compete from Oppies to Lasers.

There is no need to book, though you will need to sign in on the racing form on the day. There is no hire charge to use Club boats for racing, you will need to sign your boat out though.

Junior Team Racing

Juniors will learn excellent boat handling skills in the club Fireflys, experienced junior helms can sail with in experienced junior crews. The club enters one or two teams into the Eric Twiname Youth Team Racing Championships at Oxford Sailing Club in October. 

Team racing consists of two teams each having 2 or 3 boats per team. The challenge is to cross the line in a winning combination (a number that adds up to less than 10) so 1,2,3 or 2,3,5.

The boats use tactics to try and increase the position of losing boats and trying to delay their opponents in order to secure the highest winning combination. It's can get competitive, but is excellent fun and really develops great sailing skills. Team racing is welcome to all Junior members above the age of 8.

Practice sessions are usually on a Sunday before the club races. If you are new to team racing, come along and have a try as a crew with lots of help from experienced juniors and coaching from ex-juniors experienced in team racing.

For more info contact: mailto:training@wosc.org.uk

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