Youth Training

Youth Training at Warsash operates on a voluntary parent-led basis with all parents involved either as coaches or support team.  We have a strong focus on encouraging the development of grass roots sailing and over the last 10 years the youth section has grown to 150 children; with an age range of 6 -16 years, some of whom have gone on to represent GBR at various levels. The club prides itself on making sailing available to everyone and provides Optimists for at least the first 3 years of a child’s sailing development; after that we expect children to obtain their own boat, though we have some Picos and Fevas for older children. The diagram below shows the progression through youth training; further details are given in the table at the foot of the page.

Youth training groups
Group Objective Min Age
(and weight)
Min Entry Requirement Boats Used
Sprats Gain water confidence, being safe, wind awareness and having FUN. 6
(Year 1)
Enthusiasm Club Oppies
Kipper 1 Work towards: RYA Youth Level 1: Tacking, boat balance and sailing using Tiller Extension. 7
(Year 2)
Water confidence Club Oppies
Kipper 2 Work towards: RYA Youth Level 2: Sailing around a shallow triangle & gybing correctly. 8 RYA Youth Level 1 Club Oppies
Kipper 3+ Work towards: RYA Youth Level 3/4: Basic racing skills, starting, upwind, downwind & performance sailing. 8 RYA Youth Level 2 Your own Oppie
Sea Bass Work towards: RYA Youth Level 3: Sailing upwind, performance tacking & gybing, crewing & seamanship skills. 8
(35kg for Toppers)
RYA Youth Level 2 Club Picos or Your own Topper 4.2
Adventure Work towards: RYA Youth Level 4: Day sailing, seamanship skills, adventure & fun. 9
(35kg for Toppers)
RYA Youth Level 3 Club Picos or Your own Topper
Race Topper Gain RYA Youth Level 4: Racing skills, events & competitive sailing. 9
(35kg)
RYA Youth Level 3 Your own Topper
Race Feva Gain RYA Youth Level 4: Spinnakers skills & competitive sailing. 11
(combined crew weight >80kg)
RYA Youth Level 3 Club Fevas
Laser Gain RYA Youth Level 4: Racing skills, events & competitive sailing. 11
(35kg)
RYA Youth Level 3 Your own boat
Race Open Club racing, events, coaching & mentoring by WSC members. 12 RYA Youth Level 4 Your own Boat