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Youth Sailing

Our youth sailing course offers a progression route for those sailors who have excelled in their school sessions and would like to take their sailing tuition to the next level.
Focussing on Stages 3 and 4 of the RYA Youth Sailing Scheme as well as elements of advanced modules such as Seamanship Skills and Sailing with Spinakkers this course pushes young sailors to take greater responsibility for their learning.

Previous Knowledge: confident RYA Stage 2 Minimum
Tuesday Evenings 18:00-20:00
11 session course

In 2019 Helford River Children’s Sailing Trust provided lessons for over 800 children and young people, including children from special schools with special educational needs and disabilities. Without the Trust, teachers tell us that many pupils who sail with us would not be able to access this opportunity.

If you are able to make a donation in addition to the course fee, it will go towards the cost of an 8-week schools’ sailing course which will help a child develop their skills, confidence and wellbeing. You can choose the amount to donate with your booking at checkout. Thank you!

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Please contact Thea Vincent to enquire about available places.

We will collect sailors from the North bank (Ferryboat Beach) and the South bank (HRSC).

All Sailors are fitted with HRCST Buoyancy Aids, but they can wear their own if preferred. Wetsuits are ideal though not absolutely essential. Sailors must have shoes that can get wet. A set of dry clothes at the pick up point is a good idea as we can guarantee that they will get wet!

There will be two distinct groups with different emphasis and objectives:

One group will be for those younger sailors who may have participated in our youth regattas last year but are very new to racing and advanced sailing. This group will mainly sail in Laser Picos and will look at building on the racing skills already gained as well as some content from the RYA Youth Stage 3 and 4 Syllabi.

The other group will be for those older sailors who have already participated in youth training in previous years and who want to continue to build on their sailing experience. This group will mainly sail in RS Fevas and will focus on the advanced modules of the RYA National Sailing Scheme such as Seamanship Skills, Sailing with Spinnakers and Performance Sailing.

These groups will be decided by the instructors on the beach each session and there is a certain amount of flexibility between groups throughout the course.

The minimum standard required for eligibility for these sessions is RYA Youth Stage 2, and a keen and enthusiastic desire to learn more advanced skills.

After booking, please ensure the sailor has read and agreed to the Youth Sailing Expected Behaviour Contract. This is an agreement that safety and behaviour guidelines will be followed at all times whilst participating in youth sailing.

Thank you for your booking on our Youth Sailing Course.
The following is important information about the course. If you have any questions, please email thea@hrcst.org.uk or call the office on 01326 702326.

Meeting Points

The Meeting Point for the North Bank will always be Ferryboat Beach, Helford Passage.
As the pontoons at Helford River Sailing Club are only accessible by boat at certain states of the tide, if you have chosen the South Bank Meeting Point you may need to walk along the beach to meet us where we can get the boats close to shore. The table below sets out where we will meet you throughout your course. Please see the maps below for clarification on locations.


Date Pickup (18:00) Drop-off (20:00)
30th April HRSC Pontoons HRSC Pontoons
7th May HRSC Pontoons HRSC Pontoons
14th May HRSC Pontoons Treath Beach
21st May HRSC Pontoons HRSC Pontoons
28th May No Session (Half-Term)
4th June HRSC Pontoons HRSC Pontoons
11th June HRSC Pontoons Treath Beach
18th June HRSC Pontoons HRSC Pontoons
25th June HRSC Pontoons HRSC Pontoons
2nd July HRSC Pontoons HRSC Pontoons
9th July Treath Beach HRSC Pontoons
16th July HRSC Pontoons HRSC Pontoons
2nd July HRSC Pontoons HRSC Pontoons


Here we shall fit the sailors with HRCST Buoyancy Aids (they may wear their own if preferred). We shall then transport the sailors by boat to our operating beach for that session.

We will return promptly at 20:00pm. Please ensure you arrive in good time to collect your children – The walk along the beach to Treath takes 5 mins.

Please note that we require you to collect your children from us on the beach/quay for their safety, unless they are aged 11 years or over andyou have agreed to their release from our care in your absence, in writing.

Please ensure that your child has read and agreed to the Youth Sailing Expected Behaviour Contract.

North Bank Map

South Bank Map

Notes for HRSC Pontoons Location
Please wait on the stone quay at the head of the pontoons leaving a clear walkway through for HRSC members. The car park and facilities at the sailing club are for members use only. We are guests on their property. Please ensure that our impact on club members and staff is kept to a minimum. Membership of the sailing club is available for those who wish to use these facilities.

What to bring
Please ensure that all sailors arrive in wetsuits and are fitted with study footwear that they can get wet (not flip-flops/crocs!). Lightweight windproof jackets that can get wet are a good idea particularly if the wind is high or rain is forecast. Hats and gloves are also good if particularly susceptible to cold.  You can keep an eye on the weather at https://www.xcweather.co.uk/forecast/Helford.

If you need to report an absence you can reply to this email or call/text us on 07393 548761. Please try and notify us as early as possible as it may affect operational decisions.

Thank you for your booking and we look forward to seeing you soon!

Our regatta's have proven to be brilliant opportunities for children to test themselves and pit their sailing skills against their friends.
The ethos is laid back with the focus on giving children a taste of competitive sailing.

We run two regatta's during the year:

Junior Regatta - Saturday 15th June

Our Junior Regatta is open to those who have achieved their RYA Stage 1 certificate and above. There will be two courses - one 'Le Mans' style off the beach and one triangular course for those Stage 2 and above.

Youth Regatta - Saturday 13th July

Our Youth Regatta is aimed at those with a little more sailing experience. With a minimum RYA Stage 2 requirement, this regatta is all about speed! There will be class racing in Optimists, Teras, Picos and Fevas with the option to compete in your own boat if you wish. Minimum PY 1080.

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