Tobias IngRYA Training Principal

The activities on this page are open to members of Bough Beech Sailing Club

Membership Information

For junior members the club provides a regular programme of Sunday afternoon training activities (See Calendar for up and coming events) for children from eight years and up through Pirates and Buccaneers (P&Bs) and separately for the more experienced through Raiders and Squad (R&S) group.  These sessions are run by our volunteer instructors and helpers; the main aim is to provide an opportunity to learn and improve sailing skills whilst having fun in a friendly group in a safe environment.  No certification takes places during these sessions – although if your children have RYA logbooks, particular skills may be signed off by the instructors.

The Emma Nettleship Trophy is the BBSC annual regatta for youth sailors which takes place in September and offers prizes In a number of different age ranges.

Youth Training Events

Junior Sailing Week:  17 – 20 Aug 2021

R&S : 14 Mar – 17 Oct 2021 (Alternate Sundays)

P&B : 20 June – 24 Oct 2021 (Alternate Sundays)

Sunday Afternoon Youth Training

Regular junior training sessions run on Sunday afternoons from 2pm to 4pm and is suitable for children from 8 years upwards.  If you are planning to use a club boat – aim to be at the club for 12.30 to allow time to register, change and rig the boat.   A parent or guardian must stay on site at all times during the sessions (even better if you also get involved with helping out!).  Please ensure that your children are dressed appropriately for the conditions: eg. wetsuits, sailing gloves, sailing boots, buoyancy aid, spraytop, hat, sun-cream.

  • Cost £10 per session for members using a club boat

  • No charge for members using their own boat

Pirates and Buccaners

P&Bs (Pirates and Buccaneers) provides an opportunity to learn the basics of sailing in a fun and safe environment. The group is often split into two separate ones – to allow better grouping according to age and ability.  Booking a place on a P&B session is done online via webcollect. Unless there is a change in the Government’s Covid regulations it is planned to start Pirates and Buccaneers on Sunday 20th June starting at 13.30. 

Family Sailing Sessions will also take place on selected Sunday afternoon to allow non-sailing members whose children are at P&B to get out on the water themselves and to discover more about dinghy sailing.  These sessions take place in the club’s Wayfarer dinghys alongside a competent helm.

Book a place at P&B using webcollect
Contact P&B co-ordinator with any enquiries

Raiders and Squad

R&S (Raiders and Squad) is aimed at those who are able to beat upwind and sail a triangular course competently.  The Raiders group allows the children to develop their sailing, boat handling and seamanship skills further; whilst the Squad places more focus on racing skills in a series of progressive and fun activities.  Booking a place on a R&S session is done online via webcollect.

YS (Youth Starts) in the club racing will take place on slected Sunday afternoons between R&S sessions.  This will be a chance for R&S participants to put the skills they learn into practice and race against each other.

Book a place at R&S using webcollect
Contact R&S co-ordinator with any enquiries

KSSA and Class Association Training

There are additional training sessions throughout the year in conjunction with various youth class associations.  Open race meetings for youth classes are also held at the club and many young members will also travel to other clubs to participate in youth events both locally at our neighboring clubs or further afield at national or international events.

We have a strong association with the KSSA (Kent Schools Sailing Association) and sailing sessions run by the KSSA whether held at Bough Beech or in other locations are very popular with our sailors.

Young BBSC members have also recently been selected for inclusion and training in the RYA London & South East Topper and the RS Tera Squads.  We’ve also had several teams take part in the RS Feva World Championships in Medemblik in 2017.

Please contact the Training Principal if you have any further questions on our youth training programmes.

Happy sailing – and see you on the water!

Events at Bough Beech 2021

  • KSSA Training Day: 6 Feb  2021

  • RS Tera Association Training: 12-13 Jun 2021

  • Laser Open: 17 April 2021

  • RS  Feva Open: 15 May 2021

  • Emma Nettleship Trophy (Youth Regatta): Sep 2021

Club Boats can be hired to participate  training and racing events at the club

Boat Hire

Suitable Sailing Clothing

Wetsuits or drysuits are recommended for most months of the year, and compulsory between October and April.  Additional fleecy layers, gloves + woolly /fleecy hats also recommended in the colder months.

Some dinghy sailing clothing suppliers:

The Dinghy Show held in March at Alexandra Palace is a good place to search for clothing (show bargins to be had)

Youth Training Forms

(for instructor use)

Youth Training Day Register