Junior Group


Last year we saw some great sailing from all our Junior Group.

This year, our friendly team of voluntary OYC sailing instructors, parents and members have some exciting sailing planned for our Juniors, including the new Junior Challenge Series to be held over three dates. The OYC Sailing Committee have kindly allocated the Peter Chessom Junior Challenge Trophy to the Junior Group and this will be presented to the overall winner of the series.

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Junior Evenings are held every Thursday from 5.30pm to 8pm, from April to July. We welcome all children aged between 8 and 18 regardless of parental membership of the OYC.  Cadet membership is currently £25 for the year. Please contact The Club Secretary, via the website, to request membership information. 

To sign up, please check out the OYC notice board in the bar area during early April.  On the first evening there will be registration forms to complete, including any medical information.  Forms must be signed by a parent or legal guardian.

These sessions are run by voluntary OYC members with RYA instructor qualifications, or instructors working towards their RYA qualifications, parents and grandparents. The aim is to encourage sailing and seamanship by:

    • The children learning through fun, games, mini races and spending time on the water, alongside informal training.
    • Gaining experience at the child’s own pace in a safe environment.
    • Providing an opportunity to meet other young sailors of a similar age for fun on the water.

Our objective is to attract new juniors to the Club who in time will go on to become members and carry on enjoying sailing through into adulthood.

The details:

    • At least one parent/guardian has to stay at the Club during the evening and parents are encouraged to help out with launch and recovery and to crew in the safety boats. Please note that only Club members are allowed in the safety boats.
    • Safety boat cover will be provided.
    • The Club dinghies will be available to use or the Juniors are welcome to use their own dinghies during these evenings. (Appropriate insurance must be held if using own boats). Currently there are two Wayfarers and seven Topper dinghies. The Wayfarers will be used for the beginners. The Toppers will be used for the children that can sail a triangular course.
    • Children must come with adequate clothing to keep them warm (bear in mind it’s colder on the water), including a buoyancy aid (buoyancy aids are available to borrow from the Club). For Topper sailors – a wetsuit is required with windproofs over, and either old trainers or wetsuit boots/shoes. For the Wayfarer sailors – warm comfortable layers with windproofs over, and either old trainers or wetsuit boots/shoes. Not forgetting thermal base layer, warm hats and gloves.
    • Please read the following with your child and sign the “Parental Consent Form” before taking part:

OYC Code of conduct

Safeguarding & Child Protection Policy Statement & Procedures

For more information on Junior Evenings please contact John Burnell Senior Dinghy Instructor, email: .

We hope that the children, and any new parent members to the OYC, enjoy the sailing through these sessions and become more confident and capable enough to want to move on to try some racing at the Club or within the local area. These could include:

OYC Pursuit Rally for Yachts and Dinghies, 08/06/19
This is a relaxed race where the slower boats usually start first. Prizes and BBQ back at the Club 1630. Anyone can enter using their own sailing dinghy or use a Club Topper.

OYC Fun Day, 07/07/19
During the morning there is one all in race, with prize giving after. Anyone can enter using their own sailing dinghy or use a Club Topper. Followed by a super buffet lunch, including cakes, fun for the children, games and mini races.

Eastern Open Training
The International Topper Class Association (ITCA) run seven coaching days in total, all in the Eastern region, with the closest ones to the OYC this year at the Royal Harwich Yacht Club – 18/05/19, and Waldringfield Sailing Club – 01/06/2019. These popular training days are for children wanting to give Topper racing a try. The coaches are very friendly. You do not need to be a member of ITCA to try one of these sessions. Club Toppers can be borrowed, with permission. Check out www.itca-gbr.co.uk online. Or speak to Teresa at one of the OYC junior evenings for further information.

Junior Week, 19–23/08/19 (date to be confirmed)
This race week is hosted every year at the Royal Harwich Yacht Club during the School Summer holidays. Not only a race week, but there is also a Regatta Fleet aimed at those children new to racing and so the emphasis is on fun, games, mini races, picnics and quality time on the water with some great coaching.  Club Toppers can be borrowed, with permission. Check out
www.royalharwichyachtclub.co.uk. Or speak to Teresa or one of the instructors at the OYC Junior evenings for further information.

The Junior Challenge Series – 13/06/20, 11/07/20 and 16/08/20
New for this year Juniors will have the opportunity to try out their sailing skills, in a friendly and supported environment, by taking part in a mini series of races designed just for them.

The aim is to hold six races over three dates (weather permitting). Juniors can enter using their own sailing dinghy or borrow a Club Topper. All competitors must have their dinghies rigged and they must be dressed for sailing in time for a briefing 15 minutes prior to the published starting time.

Racing on the 13th June is expected to start at 1500. Prize giving and refreshments after.

Racing on the 11th July is expected to start at 1500. This race is part of the Regatta and Fun Day. See separate entry under Regatta and Fun Day.

Racing on the 16th August is expected to start at 1000. Prize giving and picnic after. For those Juniors entering the Junior Week at Royal Harwich there is an opportunity for a Rally to sail your Topper from the OYC to RHYC after the picnic. There will be Rib support.

A mini prize giving will be held after each day’s racing and, in addition, the Junior competitor with the best overall race score will be awarded the Junior Challenge Trophy – to be presented at the annual Prize Giving held in November. Our thanks go to the OYC Sailing Committee for kindly allocating this Trophy to the Junior Group.

OYC Regatta and Fun Day – 11/07/20
Regatta dinghy racing for the more experienced sailors, including the second in the series of the Junior Endeavour racing (see section under Junior Challenge Racing). This year the Regatta race will start at 1400 and the Junior race at 1500. Followed by fun for all the family, games and mini races, including the infamous Cork race, try a Topper or take a spin in the Rib. 1700 our delicious buffet with cakes and treats organised by the lovely OYC ladies. Followed by prize giving.

Eastern Open Training – 06/06/20
The International Topper Class Association (ITCA) run seven coaching days in total, all in the Eastern region, with the closest one to the OYC this year hosted by Waldringfield Sailing Club.

These popular training days are for children wanting to give Topper racing a try. The coaches are very friendly. You do not need to be a member of ITCA to try one of these sessions. Club Toppers can be borrowed, with permission. Check out www.itca-gbr.co.uk/ online. Or speak to Teresa at one of the OYC junior evenings for further information.

Junior Week and RHYC – 17–21/08/20
This race week is hosted every year at the Royal Harwich Yacht Club during the School Summer holidays. Not only a race week, there is also a Regatta Fleet aimed at those children new to racing and so the emphasis is on fun, games, mini races, picnics and quality time on the water with some great coaching.

Club Toppers can be borrowed, with permission. Check out www.royalharwichyachtclub.co.uk.  Or speak to Teresa, Paul or John at the OYC Junior evenings for further information.