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Junior Sailing Overview

We’ve always been a club focused on encouraging and developing our young sailors.

We want our cadets to grow up loving sailing as much as we do. We want them to feel involved with the Club, to gain experience, to be part of a team, to develop responsibility, to be involved in friendly and healthy competition, to learn to thrive in a challenging environment, to connect with nature and be aware of their surroundings. We nurture young sailors, helping them to understand the water and to sail with confidence. We are firm believers in creating a friendly and fun environment for children and teenagers to learn the ropes, giving them room to prosper and grow.

Parents/Guardians, before any under 18s go on the water we require a completed AND signed parental/guardian consent and supervision form for the current sailing season.


Our Mirrors Class has the biggest fleet in the Club and with over 90 boats is the most active Mirror fleet in the country. These robust, versatile and fairly light boats are easily maintained and repaired and can be launched into the water very quickly and easily. We support all standards of Mirror sailing from beginner to club racing to national racing levels. For more details contact: Matt Everett, Class Captain.


The Topper is our junior single hander and is a fun and affordable entry level boat. There is a choice of either the standard 5.3 rig or the smaller 4.2 rig for our younger sailors. We run a regular racing program from April to October on Sundays as well as holding training days throughout the year to hone your skills. As a recognised RYA pathway boat and a popular choice nationally we are fortunate that there are a number of Open meetings held in Chichester Harbour which are fun to join in with and race against people from outside Itchenor. For more details and to join the class WhatsApp group please contact: Tom Thorne, Class Captain.


The Optimist Dinghy is the perfect beginner boat for young sailors. This small singlehander is sailed all over the world as they are simple to rig, sail and maintain. Even very small children can handle these boats as they are virtually impossible to capsize!
Here at Itchenor we are offering Friday evening fun sailing, aimed especially at those children who are looking to build confidence on the water and improve their general boat handling. The emphasis is on having fun and spending time on the water. There are 6 club Optimists for hire. For more details please contact: the office.

International 420

The worlds top youth boat. The 420 is an established worldwide performance two-person trapeze and spinnaker racing dinghy which holds status as a World Sailing International Class. Its a great youth trainer that allows for learning advanced sailing techniques. With 20+ boats in our fleet at ISC, we have an active racing programme from April to October. For more details contact: Mark Timberlake, Class Captain.

RS Feva

Our RS Feva Class is aimed at children Year 8 (12/13 year olds) and above. These modern boats are exciting to sail with the class growing in popularity. They are approved by the RYA for the RYA onboard scheme. For more details contact: Danny Shapiro, Class Captain.
Useful links: RS Feva Class Association
Rigging videos: Rigging 1 / Rigging 2
Shirley Robertson RYA Feva Handling Tips Series: Tacking / Gybing Spinnaker / Hoisting / Accelerating / Stopping
Having a blast: 30 Knots Sailing / Feva Pitch / Schools week drone footage

Last updated 10:46 on 25 June 2024

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