Youth & Juniors
Keyhaven encourages our younger members to enjoy the water and all it has to offer. We recognise the Juniors and the Youth are the future of sailing and are supported and offered every opportunity to experience sailing in its many forms. Therefore, working with other facilities such as Salterns Sailing we run several sessions to get the youngest members confident in a dinghy and learning the basics of boat handling.
We run Junior sessions and Youth sessions on Saturdays and Thursday evenings, check the Calendar for dates and start times. With 12 club boats to choose from, which are free to use during Junior & Youth sessions you don’t have to have your own dinghy to join in. It’s a chance for parents to meet other families in the club and for the Juniors and Youth to get out on the water and learn in a safe and fun environment. For more information contact the office for details.
Both Youth and Junior sessions are organised and run by the parents of the youngsters taking part.
More information about the Juniors can be found here
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Youth sailing at Keyhaven takes competent junior sailors who are members of KYC from the age of 12 and exposes them to more testing conditions, longer sailing sessions and a wider variety of sailing activities. Unfortunately, we have neither the time or permissions to run ab initio training but do offer coaching and organised sailing sessions designed to be fun, at times exciting, challenging and confidence building.
Sailing sessions are published on the KYC website. We are seeking young sailors between the ages of 12 and 18 and sail club owned RS Qubas, BIC Opens, a laser and sometimes a Lymington River Scow. We also have an RS Tera which is useful for the smaller sailor in heavy weather. Youths are welcome to bring their own boats.
Youth sailing at Keyhaven is not just about racing! Whilst competitive sailing is an important element of the sport and we will race during the year we are really looking to improve sailing competence and confidence on the water. Youth sailing provides a link between junior sailing and adult sailing and therefore youths have to rig and de-rig their own boats, sign in and out and are encouraged to make their own assessments of the conditions whilst under a
parent run support system.
This season we intend to thread the Needles again after the great success of the expedition last year. We also plan a bar-b-que on the beach and a trip to Yarmouth. Details will be emailed to youths nearer the time. In addition, there will be a junior and youth regatta in September and the youths are encouraged to race in Keyhaven week. If the weather is good and the tides permit we often return from our sessions via the ice cream van at Mount Lake, youths should bring a couple of pounds for this if the weather is good.
The club boats are available to hire through the club website but are free for the youth sessions and centrally booked prior to the event.
Parent participation is essential for Youth sailing. Parents are needed to man the support boats, provide shore cover and assist in the clear up afterwards. However, parents must be members in order to meet the club’s insurance terms. In order to run the Youth sessions, we need to crew at least two safety boats with a minimum of 2 RYA Powerboat Level 2 in each boat (a course that is regularly run at the club). The RYA Short Range (radio) Certificate, First Aid and Safety Boat qualifications are also useful. Parents are asked to declare any qualifications and volunteer to assist in the sessions. We are also looking for qualified dinghy instructors and coaches to add some more rigour to our sailing sessions.
It is a tradition that Youth sailors bring cake for after the sailing session. A donation of £1 per youth for each session covers hot chocolate or squash for the sailors and tea and coffee for the parents. A lot of kudos is gained by the youths for the best homemade cake of the week, preferably with them doing the cooking and not the parents. However, we are not proud and shop bought cake is equally welcome after a hard day sailing.