We meet every Friday after school between April and October at Nene Outdoors at Nene Park, for a sailing session. We own six toppers, five picos, three fevas, a Q’ba 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. Sailors need to have RYA Stage 1 to join the club, but can start at any point in their secondary school career.
“Sailing is fun. I can sail with my friends and when you’re on the water, it’s the best”
Sailors are expected to work through the RYA Youth Sailing Scheme. We formally offer an RYA Stage 1 course over 6 weeks in September and an RYA Stage 3 course over the summer term. The other stages can be taken at the student’s own pace each week. 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.
In order to cover the costs of the boat storage at Nene Outdoors and the hire of equipment and instructors, a typical weekly sailing fee will normally be £13 including minibus to get there. Wetsuits, buoyancy aids, helmets and wind tops can be borrowed at no extra charge.
We have held The Annual Cambridgeshire School Regatta each year in June, open to all youth sailors in the Peterborough area. This should be re-instated in 2023 after a Covid break.
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. This year it will be held at Grafham Water.