Junior Club

The Club organises sailing sessions for juniors including shore-based tuition and supervised activities on the water, using professionally qualified external instructors. Parents are expected to help with these activities. Generally Junior Club activities are planned for Friday nights whenever the tides are suitable.

Most of the children involved in Junior Club in previous years are now capable of pairing up, rigging dinghies, launching and returning to beach with just a little support. They are welcome to book Club boats and go sailing on the fun-sail events whenever the conditions are suitable and they are also encouraged to take new junior members out as crew during junior sailing sessions, so that new members gain experience.
Sessions are usually on Fridays, every 2 weeks following the tidal pattern. Most sessions will be at Fisherrow Yacht Club but some sessions may be held at the lagoons in Musselburgh. We aim for a 6.00pm start on a Friday but this depends on tide and location. The online Sailing Calendar contains dates, start times and location.

How does it work?

On the Wednesday prior to Friday's club, an email is sent with a link to a Google Spreadsheet. 
There are typically 12 spaces per session. An adult member should register a maximum of 2 children per session to avoid mass booking.
If children do not make it onto the list, they can come along and access classroom training/rigging practise with an accompanying adult. Normally they will get an opportunity to sail but this is not guaranteed as the maximum allowed on the water is 12. These children do not need to pay for the session.
Cost per session is £6 when at FYC and £8 when at lagoons. Look around, these sessions are incredibly reasonably priced, simply covering costs. Prices may be revised based on costs.
Children who sign-up will be charged. Cash will be collected at the start of the session. This way we can keep a register of who has attended and paid.

Parents must help

All parents are expected to help with the running of the sessions. The spreadsheet has slots for parents to enter their names to help on beach, or in the club with hot chocolate and a snack after sailing. Note that the bar is open on a Friday at 9pm which is rather convenient. Some parents may have already been allocated as crew in the safety boat, so please check the calendar in case it is you! You'll not need to help every time. All we ask is that you do a share.

FYC is RYA accredited!

We are very fortunate at FYC to have qualified instructors as members of the club. This means that they can assess the children's ability and give out RYA qualifications that are recognised elsewhere - very useful when trying to hire a boat on holiday! The sessions are therefore organised around the RYA syllabus and we will teach children, over a period of time, the required skills. As skills are acquired the instructors will record individual progress and award qualifications when all criteria has been met.
Whilst your child does not need to work towards any qualification, it is recommended to keep a focus during the junior sessions. To this end the club recommends the children obtain the RYA 'Start sailing handbook'. We have negotiated a reduced price for a bulk order and will email you with details on how to obtain your copy.
If you have any questions, don't hesitate to contact Alison Holstead or David Banks.