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Junior Sailing

CAYC is proud to facilitate and promote young people sailing. We have formal training for children from age 8 upwards, and are proud to train young people from first stepping into a boat to being national champions and instructors in their own right. Sailing's governing body, the Royal Yachting Association formally recognises us as a teaching establishment and has awarded us 'Pathway Club' status for our ongoing commitment to coaching young people.

You do not need to come from a sailing background nor does sailing have to be an expensive past time.

Follow the links to pages about our summer training and coaching sessions to find out more.


CAYC is proud of the success of its Junior sailors.

RYANI Youth Championships 2019: CAYC had approx 19 sailors representing the Club. Great perfromance once again by all. just missed out and were 2nd Team in the overall Club status. Belfast High School and Larne Grammar also shone.

RYANI Youth Championships 2018: CAYC had 23 sailors representing the Club. Many medals won and the overall Team award Club Trophy 2018

RYANI Youth Championships 2017: Club Trophy was not contested. CAYC had another strong rep. Poor weather prevented many from competing.

RYANI Youth Championships 2016: CAYC had approx 19 sailors representing the Club. Many medals won and the overall Team award Club Trophy 2016

RYANI Youth Championships 2015: CAYC had 17 sailors representing the Club. Many medals won and the overall Team award Club Trophy 2015

RYANI Youth Championships 2014: CAYC had 21 sailors representing the Club. Many medals won and the overall Team award Club Trophy 2014


The DECISION to sail :

The Race Officer or club member in charge of any event supervised by the Club (for example, Friendly Fridays) has ultimate discretion as to who may go on the water. They will take into account wind, water and tidal conditions, experience of the sailors and level of safety boat cover.

The Club understands that many parents do not have a sailing background and may require guidance in decision making as to whether their child should sail in any given conditions. 1 or 2 weeks on a supervised sailing course still limits the conditions under which your child should take to the water. They have been taught the basic essentials of sailing in a controlled manner in suitable weather conditions.

Practice in steady winds and smooth seas. Sailing in strong winds and rough seas can only be done safely with experience as your child's confidence and capabilities increase: sailing in inappropriate conditions can instill fear and weaken confidence.

All boats sailed by members outside of the normal organised racing (Sundays & Wednesdays) do so at their own risk. Juniors must have parental supervision and permission to sail any boat at all times. It is not the Club's responsibility to supervise the children except when children are taking part in supervised training under the RYA RTC and Instructors are in authority.

Last updated 14:39 on 10 May 2020

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