Junior Training

SYC runs a training scheme which is for the children of FAMILY members, aged between 8 (on the 1/4/2018) and 18. It takes place on Friday nights (5:00pm - 9:00pm) from 23rd March to 20th July 2018, and caters for beginner to competent sailors. It is organised and run by club volunteers with the aim of encouraging children to sail, race and have safe fun on the water.

The cost is £41/child per season which contributes towards maintenance and fuel for the club dinghies, safety boats and equipment. Fees are payable with your annual membership renewal.


How to apply

The training sessions are limited to a maximum of 80 children for safety reasons. Applications will be accepted on the following basis:

  • For new applications please e-mail the Junior Membership Secretary via the contacts page.  Current SYC members have priority for places until January 1st after which places will be opened up to new SYC members in order of application.
  • Returning juniors can be signed up via Webcollect at the same time as family membership renewal.  Please sign up by March 1st. After this date please e-mail to check availability.

It should be noted that Juniors membership depends on parents fulfilling duties such as junior galley, clearing up etc. (these are in addition to your main club duties). Failure to fulfill duties effectively may lead to exclusion in future years.



Starcross Yacht Club is a recognised RYA Training Centre, we aim to encourage good skills and seamanship. These skills will be recognised by way of the RYA Youth Sailing Scheme, with the award of certificates. In line with RYA guidance, sessions are overseen by a Senior Instructor(s) and delivered by a mix of Dinghy Instructors, Race Coaches (Level 2), Assistant Instructors and parent helpers. We are all volunteers, who give their time freely. Your young sailor will be placed in a group based on sailing ability and age.

An overview of the coaching scheme can be found here

Groups Boats Experienced required
Coaching Topics
Beginner Optimist,Topper, RS Feva, Wayfarer None RYA YSS Stage 1
Improvers Optimist / Topper

Can Tack, and Gybe RYA YSS Stage 2
Sailors Optimist / Topper

Able to sail a shallow triangular course

RYA YSS Stage 3

RYA YSS Stage 4 Topper, Oppie, Laser 4.7/Radial. Double handers will intermittently be used to sign off on the RYA YSS Stage 4 topics. Able to easily and competently sail a triangular course, and an upwind sausage, has (hopefully) raced at club level. RYA YSS Stage 4 and some racing.
Advanced race Topper, Laser 4.7/Radial
(must have own boat)double handers
By selection


topics/skills - race
Double handed race/RYA Seamanship Skills, free sailing, RYA Dinghy Instructor preparation. Any boat By selection


RYA Seamanship Skills, free sailing, RYA Dinghy Instructor preparation



Club boats

The club owns several single and double handed boats. The single handed Toppers and Oppies are used for beginners and more advanced sailors depending on size. The double handed boats are used by beginners to enable a number of children to be coached at one go, or by the advanced group to learn double handed sailing, spinnaker work, or instructor training.

The priority for the club boats go to new juniors, but they can be used by all but on a rota basis, decided on the junior night by the instructors.

Once able to sail, we encourage children to have their own boat in order to maximise the benefits of Junior Sailing and provide fair access for all beginners.


Parents' Responsibilities

Would all parents please make themselves conversant with our Parents' Responsibilities page


Safeguarding and Equality

SYC Safeguarding and Equality Statements