Youth Racing and Training 
Youth Training at Chichester Yacht Club


Instruction and training in Optimists in 2014 will be organised by the Optimist Fleet. See the Optimist training link on the right of the homepage.

All those who have attended the club training before are working on and improving their sailing and racing skills. As training progresses we hope to have a coach on hand to watch and offer advice when you enter the slow fleet races.

Is it for you? Probably!

If you can already sail round a triangle, you can progress to the CYC training, which ultimately aims to bring you to a standard to join in the slow fleet club races, and beyond that to the RYA squads standard.
Martin Orton is continuing as the head coach for all the sessions in 2014.
In 2011,we introduced the RYA Youth Sailing Scheme log book and followed the stages of race training: Start Racing, Intermediate Racing and Advanced Racing. Well Done to all of you who made the grade over the past 3 years! We will continue this in 2013.

The log book cost is £4.50, I have some to sell to you!

The club training for the juniors is usually in Toppers and Fevas. Other boats are invited to attend!
Laser coaching is also available for youths and for adults. There are 3 pre-season sessions allocated and 5 further dates spread through the season.

There will of course be opportunities for Toppers and Fevas to race in the slow fleet in all the club racing series. Take advantage of that and have a go or just go for a sail while the racing is on

We split the fleet according to experience and ability, and try to train in groups of 8 or less.

Times are; “ Boats ready, crew changed if possible!”

Toppers and Fevas.

There are places left on all these dates, so please book up.

13th April Sunday 0930h
5th May. Monday 1400h
31st May Saturday 1200h
12th July Saturday 1000h
7th September Sunday 0900h Good practice session before the WSSYSA regatta!
28th September Sunday 1200h

Single group of 8

There are places left on all these dates, so please book up

2nd March Sunday 1000h
16th March Sunday 0930h
30th March Sunday 1000h

12th April Saturday 0830h
5th May Monday Bank Hol 0930h
15th June Sunday 1130h
13th September Saturday 1300h
20th September Saturday 0900h


In previous years, the generosity of club member coaches in providing their services for free, together with the Volvo Championship Club funding and the generosity of the RYA in providing Instructor courses, meant that we could keep the fees at very reasonable rates. Support from the RYA continues for CYC, now that the Volvo Champion Club status has been replaced by RYA Champion Club status. There is no direct funding to pay instructors, so we may need to adjust prices of training sessions accordingly.
We will still strive to give excellent value for sessions that everyone: sailors, parents and coaches thoroughly enjoy. Thank you so much for your support.

We do rely on help from youth sailors’ parents on the training days. Last year was a lot of fun and I am extremely grateful to all of you who mucked in and helped in many ways.
I will be asking for help nearer the time for tea bar duties, coach boat crew, beachmaster, safety boat launching and retrieving.

Prices held at 2013 rates until further notice.
Training fee for Double-handed boat : £15
Training fee for Single-handed boat : £10

To Book for the training days above, you need to do 2 things:
1) Contact me, Laurie Winther:, please put FAO Youth Coaching in the subject line.
2)AND Please fill in the booking form which is at the bottom of the 'club training and coaching programme 2014' page on this website. Once the booking form is received we can confirm your booking.

Club Boat Hire:
If you wish to hire the club boats, you will need to book with CYC office. It is very important that you read and comply with the hire conditions. These are available to read from the Office and can be Emailed to you. They will need to be signed before the boats are taken. The boats need to be checked back in at the end of each hire session. You will be asked to lay out the equipment for checking- good detailed pictures are provided with the keys to make this a very easy and simple process.

Members Hire charges per day, held at 2013 rates:
Topper : £14
RS Feva : £18
Laser : £25

There is a £50 CASH deposit payable for club Topper and RS Feva hire, and £75 for club Laser hire, returnable after the boats have been checked back in.

Click here for specific info from the 2011 training courses

We are encouraging you to spend more time on the water.

After School Sailing sessions

To this end, , are 4 fun sessions planned for the youth section.
These will be held on Fridays in 2014:

at 4.30 pm on all the following dates:

Friday 06 June 2014
Friday 20 June 2014
Friday 04 July 2014
Friday 18 July 2014

If you’d like to find out more about these fun, innovative sessions, see the “After-School Sailing” link on the right side of the homepage.

Time On The Water

Relaxed sessions for children to just get out in the water and practise what they have learnt in their RYA level 1 and 2 courses, so that they use the boat handling skills in a fun and chilled environment, and can improve their sailing before going forwards to do their RYA level 3 course.
This is about getting a bit more experience, not about certificates.
These sessions are run by dinghy instructors from the club.

2014 dates :

6th April Sunday 1600h. A pre season remember what to do?!

12th August 1200h Tuesday
13th August 1230h Wednesday
16th August 1500h Saturday
28th August 1230h Thursday
29th August 1300h Friday

Club Racing

There will of course be opportunities to race in the slow fleet in all the club racing series. Take advantage of that and have a go or just go for a sail while the racing is on.

Youth Turbo Regatta 2014

For Fevas, Toppers and Lasers
Club members only.

In the last 2 years we have held a Youth Turbo Regatta. This is a quick fire series of many short races, and an excellent opportunity to practise your starting!
This year we can hold the turbo regatta on the same day as a youth coaching session ; those who are happy to race and ready for the excitement of short sharp races can go for it, whilst the beginners groups can continue their training. Please let me know if you would like to take part.

CYC Dinghy Week, incorporating Family and Junior Week

An exciting programme of racing each day with activities on and off the water . Dinghy week information will be posted nearer the time in its own section on the website.
2014 Dinghy and Family Week will include a coached regatta fleet and an instructed learn to sail course.

Friday July 25th to Tuesday July 29th inclusive 2014

East Head Cruise and Race

2014 dates:

Saturday 7th June 2014 0900h start
Saturday 5th July 2014
Sunday 20th July 2014 0830h start

There will be a few individual days to cruise or race down to East Head for a picnic on the beach and back! In previous years, Families and Adults sailed and kayaked down to East Head with Cyclone and a RIB in support. We picnicked and played on the beach for 4 hours before returning to CYC..... This year we are intending to go in convoy with boats form both the Motor and Yacht sections, so write the days in your diaries: they will be bigger and better than before!!

West Sussex School and Youth Sailing Association Regatta

This 2 day event will be held at Cobnor this year, on Saturday 13th & Sunday 14th September 2014, about 120 children take part. CYC won the shield in 2011, and the Topper entrants did well in 2012 at Felpham, braving strong winds on the sea. In 2013 the regatta was held at Dell Quay sailing club and CYC came second. Here’s another chance to race in familiar sheltered waters, so mark it off in your diary. Children relatively new to racing are very welcome at this event. Lets see if we can win the shield back!

Topper Open Training

28th June 2014 1000h

Organised by the Topper Association , to train specifically before the Topper Open. Meeting on Sunday.
This is for Topper sailors who are already racing and wish to improve and consolidate before the racing the next day.
Apply to the Topper Association directly, to be enrolled for this training.

Topper Open Meeting

29th June 2014 First race is 1230h
See Open Meeting entries for details of the Notice of Race, Sailing Instructions and entry form.

Any queries about Youth Coaching, feel free to contact me.

Laurie Winther
07733 138493


Child Sizes LIME ONLY

Age and to fit chest size : 5-6yrs (28'') 7-8 yrs(30'') 9-11yrs(32'') 12-13yrs (34'')

Adult Sizes S is good for most Topper sailors!

Size: S M L XL XXL
Chest (to fit): 36” 40” 44” 48” 52”

ALL hoodies are inclusive of sailors name embroidered on front, and "CYC Youth Sailing" heat bonded on the back:
Child: £19 Adult: £21

With additional white printing on back:
Choose from: Optimists/Toppers/Picos/Fevas/Lasers/Race Training
Child: £21 Adult: £23

AVAILABLE IN LIME GREEN as shown, OR IN APPLE GREEN - a milky pale green

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