Youth Squad

We teach children to sail from the age of 8, following the RYA Stages, with Stage 1 being appropriately called ‘Start Sailing’, going up to Stage 4.

Over time there is progression from taught sailing to ‘Race Coaching’ and members who have passed Stage 1 can join in the Sunday coaching sessions and races. These sessions take the Juniors right through from Club Sailing, to local events and through to the RYA Zone squads. Along the way a lot of fun is had with Pirates Days, Family Camping, and summer activities.

Young sailors are positively encouraged and welcome to join in with all Club activities. Sailors without boats of their own can use the club's fleet of race rigged Toppers, Optimists, RS Teras, Laser Pico, RS Feva, Hartley H12/2 or the Club's Laser Radial or 4.7

There is a very friendly and active youth section, with high quality coaching for the beginner and improver throughout the season. The Club is a leading member of the Northamptonshire Junior Circuit and regularly sends representatives to major national youth events such as the Eric Twiname National Junior Finals and National Schools Regatta.

The club has several members in RYA Zone Squads, and the National Youth Squads.

Contact Rachel Heggs for more information. EMAIL

News About Boat Hire

Book your boat for Sunday Youth Training using your WebCollect account. This link will take you to the appropriate page.... WebCollect

Please do make sure you have paid for your boats before arrival at the club. Note that the hire of buoyancy aids is still in CASH (through the tea bar tin).

Please go to MORE INFORMATION.You can book boats from that page as well.

Youth Series Fixtures

  • Team Midland - Junior Events 2019
  • Topper Traveller - Midland Series
  • Optimist Traveller - Midland Series
  • Optimist Training
  • Northamptonshire Youth Series Sat 15th June

There are lots of opportunities for juniors to sail in events in the Midlands: the fixture list (above) summarises these including Optimist and Topper events and the Northamptonshire Youth Series that is for any junior class boat.

Two of the events are at Hollowell so it would be great to get a good turn out from Hollowell sailors for these events. Most of these events are less than an hour away from Hollowell so well within reach for a day trip.

If it’s anyone’s first time sailing away from the club and they want some advice or want to borrow a boat they can contact Graham Smith (, Felix McMullan (our new Hollowell Sailing Club Youth Leader) or myself (Ivor McDonnell, 0116 2402087). Most of the coaches know all about these events so they should also be able to help answer any questions.

Ivor McDonnell and Graham Smith (Joint Junior Fleet Captains)

Youth Week (Dinghy / Windsurfing)

Our annual Youth Week provides fun sail training for young club members up to the age of 18. It is for all - including beginners.
The week includes rigging & launching, sailing tuition, race with a picnic, water games, social events, a grand prize giving on the final Friday.

The week is run by volunteers – and everyone is very welcome to join in.

You can also camp during the week with access to the club kitchen, toilets and showers.

  • Early registration is appreciated.
  • Sailboards - Mon 29th,Tues 30th July (£50 members/ £80 non-members)
  • Dinghy - Wed 31st July, Thurs 1st Aug & Fri 2nd Aug ((£100 members / £160 non-members)
  • Both courses booked together 9.30 – 4.30 £70 members / £115 non-members)

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