Summer courses – RYA Youth Sailing Schemes
There are places available on the next 3 courses listed
Cost this year is (£130 for the course and £18 junior membership)
A place is secured by completing a booking form (step 2), and membership with the payment.
|Mon-Fri||3-7 July||Fully Booked – Completed||RYA YSS Stage 1 – Beginner|
|Mon-Fri||24 – 28 Jul||Junior Sailing Courses – 5 days||RYA YSS Stage 2 – Improver upwards|
|Mon-Fri||31 Jul- 4 Aug||Junior Sailing Courses – 5 days||RYA YSS Stage 1 – Beginner|
|Mon-Fri||7-11 Aug||Junior Sailing Courses – 5 days||RYA YSS Stage 3 & Stage 4 – Advancing|
Guide to booking a course :
- Download RYA YSS Joining Information 2017 and retain this important document for your own reference
- Download and complete RYA Youth Sailing Scheme & Medical Consent Form– complete all sections please
- If your child is not a member – go to Membership section – follow this link
- Membership fee for a Junior (under18): £18
- When you have all forms completed, please complete a cheque for the full fee (& membership if applicable) Made out to : Co.Antrim Yacht Club
- Post all forms FAO: Sheela Lewis : 22 Cable Road,Whitehead, Carrickfergus, Co.Antrim, BT38 9PX
If you have any queries please Email :firstname.lastname@example.org
Notes – these will be sent to you prior to the Course as a useful reminder and names confirmed of the Instructors
Summary of Joining Information Part 2
- Course Times : 9.30 – 4.30 pm – Any alternations to this will be advised by the Senior Instructor – please advise if you require any alternative schedules to be agreed.
- If your children are beginners, please ensure they have the appropriate clothing as advised on the registration sheet. Even add some more, they must always have a change of clothing. A hat, a windproof top for over a wetsuit and perhaps another layer such as a sweatshirt underneath. It may be summer, but in boating you can get cold very quickly.
- It is also very important that children do not leave the Club premises unless permission has been given by the Senior Instructor and this has had prior agreement with the Parent /Guardian.
- A Pack Lunch should be brought each day, this is preferred to the alternative of children going to the shops & cafes in Whitehead. ( in particular the youngest on the courses)
- A RYA YSS Logbook is supplied to Beginners (cost included in course fee) , those with YSS stages should bring their book and have logged in the back section the sailing hours they have completed since the last course.
- Replacement log books & certificates are £5
- Certificates are awarded at Captain’s day prize giving in Oct/Nov. The Senior Instructor will sign–off the activities completed on each course in the log book and provide feedback to your child. (It is difficult for the SI to discuss progress with every parent at the end of the course. However, they provide written feedback to the Principal of the Club (John Lewis) and myself to support the on-going sailing development of your children.
- Weather is a key factor for all courses especially the beginners. A full week of sailing can often lead to Stage 1 & Stage 2 achievements. However, be aware that a few days of no wind or too much wind may mean progress is limited. Your children will still have fun on shore with the opportunity to cover some theory, practice knot tying and playing games ! The Course schedule for RYA stages suggests 2 days. We have additional days built in for contingency and practice time as a follow-on to the Course.
- Parents may be interested in purchasing the RYA Start Sailing manual at £5 pre-course of during. Contact me directly if this is required.
Youth beginners’ courses and onwards – info for your child.
- The Youth Scheme is usually completed in small dinghies suitable for your size. This is a very high level overview
- To make the most of our courses, ensure you are confident with the skills of one course before moving on to the next course.
- The RYA states that most courses are a minimum of two days long (or an equivalent number of short sessions). They may be run over a longer period, especially if you haven’t sailed since your last course.
- Experience at CAYC has proven you need at least the week to gain the basic understanding and start to develop the skills… then it is practice, practice…
- Use the back of your log book to detail every occasion you sail, what were the weather conditions etc.
- Sailing is a sport which gets better with practice, and you should try to sail between courses whenever you can. Practice makes perfect!
Below is only a guide: Some children may only achieve a single stage over 1 week course.
A basic understanding of how a boat sailing, with some experience of steering and handling the boat
A range of sailing skills and knowledge to help in becoming a confident sailor
Rigging, launching and sailing in any direction. Equivalent to Level 2 in the National Sailing Scheme
Sail a double handed boat as crew or helm, and solve a variety of problems afloat. (optional if Stage 3 was taken in a double hander
|Assumed knowledge||None||Stage 1, unless you are doing a combined Stage 1 and 2 course. Basic knowledge and steering ability||Up to and including the Stage 2 course||Up to and including Stage 3|
|Minimum duration||2 days||2 days||2 days||2 days|
|Minimum age||None, but training centres often take children from the age of 8||None, but training centres often take children from the age of 8||None, but training centres often take children from the age of 8||None, but training centres often take children from the age of 8|
|Course content||Launching and recovery, steering, parts of the boat, basic sailing||Basic sailing skills, ropework, collision avoidance||Rigging, launching and recovery, sailing techniques, capsize recovery, sailing theory||Rigging, launching and recovery, sailing techniques and manoeuvres in crewed boats, recovering a man overboard|
|Ability after course||Able to steer and understand basic principles||Able to tack and control boat speed, and understand basic principles||Able to launch and sail a dinghy around a triangle in moderate conditions||Can launch and return to a beach, jetty or mooring, and sail a crewed dinghy around a triangle in moderate conditions|
The Club’s Commodore is Des Nixon
The Club is a RTC Recognised Training Centre running under RYA policies and guidelines:
The Principal for the Centre is John Lewis who oversees and organisation and delivery of all courses.
Course Organisation: general a maximum of 12 Children will be on the course
Names to remember for the week your child is attending a course
RYA Qualified Resources see below
The Senior Instructor is your point of contact during the week for all day to day concerns or queries
SI = Senior Instructor, DI = Dinghy Instructor, AI = Assistant Instructor, TAI – Junior training to be an Assistant Instructor
We normally allocate at least: 1 x SI, 1 x DI, 2 x AI and 1 x TAI to a course.
On this course the details for you are:
If you have any questions or concerns about the sailing courses, please feel free to call me or send an email.
You will also fine more general information about sailing on the RYA Website: http://www.rya.org.uk/get-afloat/Pages/start-sailing-boating.aspx
Sheela Lewis : Mobile : 079 8956 3223
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CAYC Training & Admin Coordinator