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JUNIORS (7-12ish years)

Once our members reach 7 years old they are eligible for the start sailing courses and they start the established pathway to becoming competent sailors with a love of the sport. Ripon SC has been running young sailor initiatives for over 30 years and is extremely successful at getting children onto the water and enjoying sailing.

We also organize specific junior social activities, some at the club and others off-site, such as bowling and the children's Christmas party. Please see the website, events emails and noticeboards for information.

On Saturday afternoons, many juniors can be found having fun at Improvers which offers supported sailing under the guidance of the Training & Coaching team. A mix of games, structured exercises and a good dollop of fun helps them develop their skills so that they are competent sailors who enjoy being on the water having fun together. After sailing socials are held most Saturday's and either the club BBQ is lit or a takeaway pizza order is put in while the juniors continue to play in the water or in the grounds together.

As their skills progress they are encouraged to participate in Kickstarter race coaching on a Sunday, this series offers a supported introduction to racing. Even if racing isn't ultimately their key focus, learning to race hones the sailing skill set and speeds up the learning process as having to sail a set course as fast as you can helps sharpen the connection between all the training and coaching sessions and doing it "for themselves" in another fun environment. We also offer the opportunity of sailing with a safety boat operating on select Friday summer evenings with a fish & chip supper afterwards. We also encourage our junior sailors to join in with #teamripon and venture to other clubs and events to enjoy the wider world of dinghy sailing (& racing). It doesn't matter if you are at the front or the back of the fleet, everyone is welcome to be part of #teamripon and advice is offered on which events to try first so that you don't bite off more than you can chew!

Our more competent juniors are active on the regional or national racing circuit at the weekends and enjoy meeting up with friends from other clubs who they have met as part of the #teamripon environment. Sunday club racing is another opportunity for our younger sailors to get together and race against each other, either in their own boats or at the front of a double-hander with an experienced sailor at the helm, as well as lots of socialising between races! Alternatively, many juniors enjoy pootling around on a Sunday afternoon out of the way of the racing with a weather-eye being kept on them by parents.

We celebrate all participation, contribution and endeavour, not just the winners; we want the club to be a safe and fun environment to grow-up at, learn new skills and make lifelong friendships based on a common love of sailing.

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Last updated 20:02 on 16 May 2022

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