Youth Racing and Training 
Youth Training at Chichester Yacht Club


Instruction and training in Optimists in 2015 will be organised by the Optimist Fleet. See the Optimist training link on the right of the homepage.

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.

The aim across all standards of sailors is to have fun and learn. The day usually comprises 2 sailing sessions, each with a briefing and de-brief, and often with the use of video to both demonstrate techniques and show the sailors how they are progressing.

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 4 years! We will continue this in 2015.

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 can also be arranged for youths and for adults. Please contact us if you are interested.

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 6-8 or less.

Times are; “ Boats ready, but not changed”

Toppers and Fevas.

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

4 April Sunday 10:00h
9 May. Monday 13:30h
6 June Saturday 13:00h
21 June Sunday 13:30h
19 July Saturday 12:00h - Ideal for help and fun just before our Dinghy week
29 August Sunday 09:30h - Good practice session before the WSSYSA regatta!
20 September Sunday 14:00h


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 Support from the RYA continues for CYC, but now that the Volvo Champion Club status has been replaced by RYA Champion Club status, there is no direct funding to pay instructors, so we have had to adjust prices of training sessions accordingly.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.

Training fee for Double-handed boat : £30
Training fee for Single-handed boat : £25

To Book for the training days above please;:
Contact the office (01243 512918 or; please put FAO Youth Coaching in the subject line. Please supply the following information to help us with placing in you in the correct group; Type of boat, experience (e.g. RYA L2, Can sail a triangle up to Force 3, done some racing) and age

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:
Topper : £12 (£15 for race sail)
RS Feva : £15
Laser : £20

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 details of the syllabus we use as guide for the content of the sessions for those aiming for the RYA start and intermediate racing certificates.

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

After School Sailing sessions

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.

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.

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.
2015 Dinghy and Family Week will include a coached regatta fleet and an instructed learn to sail course.

Saturday Aug 1 to Wednesday Aug 5 inclusive 2015

East Head Cruise and Race

2015 dates: please see the club programme

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 Felpham this year, on Saturday 5th & Sunday 6th September 2015, 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. Children relatively new to racing are very welcome at this event. Lets see if we can win the shield back!

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

Martin Orton - Head Coach or 01243 783086

Louise Muller or 01428 608590


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

Download the order form here:

Please download and save the order form, complete, then either save and email or print and send to Game Set and Match:

Game, Set and Match
Unit 1 Beaver Trade Park
Quarry Lane, Chichester
West Sussex PO19 8NY
Tel: 01243 538800

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