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.

Dates for the diary
Date/Time Event
Sun 7 Nov 21
All Day
Boat Jumble / Table Top Sale
Orwell Yacht Club, Ipswich Suffolk

Junior Evenings are held every Thursday from 5.30pm to 8pm, from May to July. We welcome all children aged between 8 and 18 regardless of parental membership of the OYC.  For those children who are not part of a Family membership, Cadet membership is currently £25 for the year. Please contact The Club Secretary, via the website, under “Join Us”, “Contacts” to request membership information. 

For the safety and well-being of all we will continue to follow the Covid-Secure Delivery Plan developed last year.  To register, please contact John Burnell (Senior Dinghy Instructor) on for the appropriate forms, these must be signed by a parent or legal guardian.

These sessions are run by voluntary OYC members with RYA instructor qualifications, assisted by 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 is required to stay at the Club during the event and they are encouraged to help their Junior with rigging, launch and recovery.
    • 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 events. (Appropriate insurance must be held if using own boats).  Currently there are two Wayfarers and seven Topper dinghies.  Due to social distancing, it is only practical to use the Toppers this season. These can be used independently by those (experienced) Juniors who can sail a triangular course and by new / inexperienced Juniors as long as they are accompanied in the boat by a competent sailor from their household / bubble.
    • 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.
    • 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

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 – 12/06/21, 26/06/21 and 22/08/21
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 be dressed for sailing in time for a briefing 15 minutes prior to the published starting time.

Racing on the 12th June is expected to start at 1200. This race is part of the Regatta and Junior Race Day. See separate entry under ‘OYC Regatta and Junior Race Day’.

Racing on the 26th June is expected to start at 1230. Prize giving and refreshments after.

Racing on the 22nd August is expected to start at 1130. 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 safety boat 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 Junior Race Day – 12/06/21
Regatta dinghy racing for the more experienced sailors, including the first in the series of the Junior Endeavour racing (see section under Junior Challenge Series). This year the Regatta race will start at 1100 and the Junior race at 1200. Followed by prize giving.

Junior Fun Days, 29/05/21, 25/07/21 and 8/08/21
Three new dates for the diary, join us for lots of fun, games and laughter, on and in the water! Fun for all the family, games and mini races, including the infamous Cork race, try a Topper or take a spin in the Rib.

Junior Week and RHYC – 23–27/08/21
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.

For more information on Junior events please contact John Burnell (Senior Dinghy Instructor) on .