The activities on this page are open to members of Bough Beech Sailing Club
For junior members the club provides a regular programme of Sunday afternoon training activities 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.
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 £5 per session for members using a club boat
No charge for members using their own boat
|May||5 R&S||12||19 R&S||26 P&B Fam sail YS|
|Jun||2 R&S||9 P&B YS||16 R&S||23 P&B Fam Sail YS||30 R&S|
|Jul||7 P&B YS||14 R&S||21 P&B Fam Sail YS||28 R&S|
|Sep||1 P&B YS||8 R&S||15 P&B YS||22 R&S||29 P&B Fam sail YS|
|Oct||6 R&S||13 P&B YS||20 R&S||27 P&B YS|
|Nov||3 R&S||10||17 R&S||24 YS|
|Dec||1 R&S||8||15 R&S||22|
Key: P&B pirates & buccaneers, R&S raiders & squad, Fam Sail family siling session, YS youth start in club racing
Please bring a completed medical form to your first session
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. The maximum number of children we can have per session is dependent on how many instructors and volunteers are available on the day, weather conditions and boat availability.
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.
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.
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 2019
KSSA Training Day: 23 February 2019
Laser Open: 4 May 2019
RS Feva Open: 18 May 2019
RS Tera Association Training & Racing: 22-23 Jun 2019
Topper Training and Racing: 31 Aug & 1 Sep 2019
Emma Nettleship Trophy (Youth Regatta): 14 Sep 2019
Club Boats can be hired to participate training and racing events at the club
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:
Decathlon (stores at Surrey Quays, Lakeside, Crawley, Purley Way and Brighton)
Ocean Leisure (store at Embankment)
The Dinghy Show held in March at Alexandra Palace is a good place to search for clothing (show bargins to be had)