Junior Group

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Junior Evenings are held every Thursday from 5.30pm to 8pm, from April to July. They are aimed at Club Junior members, however, if a child and/or their parents are new to the OYC then at the very least the child must join and become a Cadet member, which is currently £25 for the year. Please contact The Club Secretary, via the website, under “About Us”, “Contact OYC” 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.
    • There is no cost for these evenings.
    • 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, thermal base layer too if necessary, and either old trainers or wetsuit boots/shoes. For the Wayfarer sailors – warm comfortable layers with windproofs over, thermal base layer too if necessary, and either old trainers or wetsuit boots/shoes. Not forgetting 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.