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.
On Saturday 20th May the youth sailors met at KYC to find the wind gusting up to 29kts at Hurst and the average windspeed hovering arouns 20kts. However, the sea state was slight and sheltered so after some careful crew management to ensure that the more experienced (and heavier) sailors were matched with the younger lighter ones we decided commit to a short sail in the creek. One private Quba, a club Quba, the Tera and a C-ByteII were launched with all but the C-Byte having a crew. After leaving the shelter of the wall and a beat up Short Reach the sailors realised the fun of heavy wind sailing as all but the Tera planed down Long Reach to the Castle. The day was not without its capasizes but everyone enjoyed the challenge and experience.