RYA Youth Sailing Scheme (Summer sessions)

children’s Summer courses – RYA Youth Sailing Schemes 2019


The Online system is OPEN for bookings and payment.

Link: online registration and payment :


Please read all of the essential information before launching this online page. If your child is not a member ensure the button is toggled to YES forPay Membership cost now.

The Membership form can be posted to the club or left in the letterbox.

There are 12 places available on each of the courses listed

Cost this year is (£135 for the course and £18.50 junior membership) both may be paid online. Just ensure you make the selection for junior membership.


A place is secured by completing this booking ONLINE and the membership fee with the payment may be selected as an option.

The syllabus to be covered may vary against some of the dates to facilitate the demand.

Mon-Fri W/C 1-5 July Fully Booked – Closed Junior Sailing Courses – 5 days
Mon-Fri W/C 8-12 July  Beginners, Stage 1 &  2 Junior Sailing Courses – 5 days
Mon-Fri W/C 15-19 July Stage 3 upwards Junior Sailing Courses – 5 days
Mon-Fri W/C 22-26 July  Stage 2 upwards Junior Sailing Courses – 5 days
Mon & Tue 29 Jul-30 Jul Race Coaching
(Stage 3/4) sailors
Coaching Session – 2 days
Wed & Thu 31 Jul-1 Aug 2 day session to practice skills from previous courses  Junior Sailing Courses –  2 days

Use this link for online registration and payment :Guide to booking a course :

    1. Select the Course dates from the dropdown and complete all sections on the online form and make the payment. Toggle the pay membership now to enable full payment for course and membership when you have finished. 
  1. The membership form is still an offline process, please send this to the address on the form and indicate payment made on this online system. if your child joined last year there is no need for another form, just add pay membership now.
  2. Review this Part 1 information Link for further information : RYA YSS Joining Information 2019
  3. Membership fee for a Junior (under18): £18.50 (Membership is from JAN-DEC on an annual basis) this does not require a Direct Debit form

If you have any queries please Email :sail@cayc.co.uk

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 layers, they must always have a change of clothing.
  • A wetsuit and boots is ideal for these courses and many shops now stock affordable items that can be used at the beach etc.
  • A hat, a hoodie, 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.
  • A buoyancy aid can be provided by the club as we hold a range of sizes.
  • 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 the end of each week’s course. you will also be made aware of the 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.

Stage 1

A basic understanding of how a boat sailing, with some experience of steering and handling the boat

Stage 2

A range of sailing skills and knowledge to help in becoming a confident sailor

Stage 3

Rigging, launching and sailing in any direction. Equivalent to Level 2 in the National Sailing Scheme

Stage 4

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 Paul Abraham

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 minimum: 1 x SI, 1 x DI, 2 x AI and 1 x TAI to a course.

On this course the details for you are: This detail is updated on an email sent to Parents.

SI         Jocelyn Hill 

SI        Scott Carse

DI        Andrew Mitchell, Ellen McCarlie, Hannah Robinson, Henry Cavan, Emily Hill, Timmy Robinson

AI         Jonathan Wilson, James Corbett, Amy Armstrong, Manon Ellis, Nadia Taylor, Taylor Black, Hannah Todd, Peter Shannon, Daniel Corbett

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

Contact Details:

Sheela Lewis : Mobile : 07989 563223

email : sail@cayc.co.uk


Sheela Lewis

CAYC Training & Admin Coordinator