We meet every Friday after school between April and October at Tallington Lakes for a sailing session. We own five toppers, five picos, three fevas and two Argo dinghies, though many regular members own their own dinghies too. Currently nearly 40 students belong to the Team, racing, working through their RYA stages and generally having fun.
“For me sailing is exhilarating - I love it”
Sailors are expected to work through the RYA Youth Sailing Scheme at their own pace. Our qualified instructors take the students in groups according to ability level and set them challenges to develop their skills. Sailors move from a basic understanding of handling the boat, through rigging and launching, and progress up to sailing a double handed boat as crew or helm. Official certification is achieved. Many older sailors stay on to take their Instructors courses and support the club in helping to train the next generation.
Two years ago we successfully bid for £10,000 from Sport England for the purchase of new dinghies.
In order to cover the costs of the boat storage at Tallington Lakes and the hire of equipment and instructors, there are some charges: the Annual Membership Fee is £33 per person, which covers the sailing season from April to October, Weekly Boat Hire is £10.00, and Minibus transport is £1. Wetsuits, buoyancy aids, helmets and wind tops can be borrowed at no extra charge.
We hold The Annual Cambridgeshire School Regatta each year in June - the winner in 2017 was Ciaran Randeria (King's Year 13).
We had our fifth sailing weekend away at Barton Turf, Norfolk Broads in September 2017.
The Team is a part of the National School Sailing Association, and members are encouraged to enter the NSSA National Youth Regatta in late July. In 2017, five of our students teamed up with Cambridgshire Schools Youth Team and took part in the NSSA Regatta at Grafham Water.
For further information please contact Mrs Sharon Gray and ask for an information pack.