JUNIOR SAILING 2021
(Please see the Members' Page and the Juniors' Introduction page for the latest on 2021 arrangements)
Despite Covid Restrictions, it has been a positive start to the 2021 Junior Season, with 49 juniors enrolled in the Friday evening sessions.
Working within the Covid Guidance, this year’s cohort has been split into 3 Groups based on ability and experience, including a beginner’s group. The beginners’ groups run every week, with the other 2 groups running on alternate weeks. This has enabled us to work within Rya guidelines, balance out the demands on club boats and instructor ratios. This has also enabled us to man rescue boats with co habiting households.
The initial experienced Group held their first session on 9th April, and had 19/22 sailors on the water that evening., and with the use of a beachmaster and some slick launching practice all Juniors were afloat within 5 minutes of the target launch time!
After that we had the opportunity to run two sessions to iron out covid safe practices using the more experienced groups, the Beginner group (13) started on the 23rd April, and has now had 1 dry session (20Knots of breezed prevented actual on-the-water teaching), and on Friday competed their first on the water session, which once the rain had passed ended up with a really positive productive session – lots of smiling happy Juniors!
The 2021 Junior Committee comprises Jane Hill, Duncan West, James Fellows, Huw Williams, Bill King, Helen Scott, Andrew Paley, and Rupert Irons.
The Junior Committee has adopted Slack, as a secure means to communicate effectively. This platform has enabled direct communication to all parents, and tailored communication to each group, and to the Team of 22 Senior Instructors, Instructors and Assistant Instructors.
The Committee is now working hard to plan activities for future weeks, gearing up for full all-inclusive sessions once / if Covid social distancing restrictions are lifted, and also encouraging juniors (and their parents) to become more involved within Club life, including free sailing weekends and club racing.
I am still getting enquires about new junior members, from within the club membership and new members, but at the moment I am completely restricted on the numbers using club boats, because we cannot have boat sharing, or taking multiple juniors in the larger club boats like the Comets.
There is space for juniors that have their own boats, and who are not beginners. ( At the moment I have 20 juniors that do not have their own boat. I have 8 serviceable Oppies and 5 Toppers for the beginners / intermediates , and 3 Feva’s being sailed single handed and a Laser for the more bigger and more advanced sailors)