Itchenor Sailing Club

Junior Training Week

ISC JUNIOR Training Weeks 2017

Week 1: 17th – 21st July
Week 2: 24th – 30th July

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Week 1 will be solely aimed at beginners and intermediates aged 8 to 12 years in Mirrors.

Week 2 will be aimed at beginners, intermediates and will develop racing techniques for the more competent sailors. In 2016 we will include Toppers and Mirrors for week 2 so the upper age limit is 14.

The courses will be headed up by Melvyn Cooper, an RYA Senior Instructor. Melvyn has very successfully led MTWs since 2013 as well as providing private coaching to ISC sailors. He is passionate about helping sailors gain confidence and improve their skills in dinghy sailing.

Melvyn will be supported by a team of qualified RYA Instructors (Team Leaders and Assistant Instructors) and experienced Assistant Sailors, all of whom are Itchenor Sailing Club members. The Assistant Sailors will be on hand to sail with less experienced helms and crews when necessary and on days when wind conditions are stronger.

The Programme for each week of JTWs will be tailored to the abilities of the children attending. There will be an emphasis on developing sailing independence and improving confidence on the water. For the more experienced sailor, there will be a focus on improving specific helming/crewing skills and the start of racing skills. The older children in Week 2 will focus on the progression of intermediate racing skills to a higher standard.

And most importantly… JTWs provide lots of fun and excitement out on the water and the opportunity to make new friends! These weeks are a great way for new members with children wanting to sail Mirror or Topper class at Junior Fortnight to meet current, and similarly minded sailors of the same age.

A fee of £290 is payable which includes the one week course and lunch each day with a drink and snack on return each afternoon. There are two course dates to choose and children may attend one or both weeks.

VAT EXEMPT £247.50 Including VAT @ 20% £42.50. No opt out of supplies is allowed.)

Children must be either Junior or Family Taster Members of Itchenor Sailing Club (not temporary members). Helms must be confident sailing upwind, tacking and have basic wind awareness. Crews may be complete beginners although children should have some experience of sailing. Beginner crews will be allocated to suitable helms.
All children must be confident swimmers.

Course Details: This is a 5-day course and will progress through the RYA Youth Training Scheme - click here to see the scheme . The emphasis will be on developing skills and having fun!
For the more experienced, racing techniques will be covered.

Instructors: There will be a team of RYA instructors and a number of experienced junior sailors teaching the children.

Boats: A Mirror or Topper (week 2) dinghy with adequate insurance (see disclaimer) must be provided by each helm. The boat must be seaworthy and robust enough to withstand a week`s training!
All boats must be buoyant.

Bad weather: if sailing is curtailed because of strong wind conditions, parents will be contacted to pick up their children by 12.30pm.
It will not be possible to refund course fees.

To apply: fill in the application form on the club website. Places are limited and will be allocated on a first come basis. Should the spaces be filled on one week, children may be offered a space on the other week.

You need to complete a Parent/Guardian Consent and Supervision Form - if you haven't already done one this year. You can do that online and it is valid for the whole 2017 season (racing and training). Click here to see the form.


A zipped, named kit bag MUST be brought to the club EACH day containing the following:

Buoyancy aid

Sailing shoes, Sailing Gloves
Additional warm clothes for sailing
Spray top,
Swimming costume and Towel
Sunscreen and Sunhat, Water bottle
Change of clothing,

Please make sure all items are named!

Your boat must be seaworthy, robust and have adequate insurance.

Each boat must contain the following:

A painter, 6 metres long, bungs plus spares
Launching trolley - named with your boat name