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Another Great Season of Sailing

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Local youngsters help our instructor trainees

Now that the season has come to an end we can look back on all of the groups and individuals who have joined us for some brilliant sailing.

We welcomed back our usual group of local schools, but added in some new ones too. Several of these have asked to come back next year and we will be approaching some new schools over the winter. Our summer junior courses were more popular than ever, with all courses running with increased numbers taking part. Most importantly, the superb weather made the season such a pleasure, though sometimes it was just a little too hot!!

Neptune Youth Groups

Fleet ready to go

Challenge yourself in 2019 - let us know now if you want to join us

We are now reviewing how we organise our evening youth groups, aiming to make them even more successful.
If you are interested in joining one of the groups we would value knowing about your needs and which group you would like to join. You can do this by completing an expression of interest form.

Our groups begin with children who are 10 years old and above. If you have previously sailed, you may be able to join a more advanced group, though we do try to keep those of similar ages together. Our advanced group includes those who are working towards qualifying as instructors in their own right.
Neptune Youth groups are likely to be popular again. Do contact Simon, our new membership secretary ( soon to request a place for your son or daughter.

Season round-up

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Arthur Ransome celebration - Some of the sails painted by local schools

It's always been very important that Neptune Sailing reaches out to all of our local schools.
This year, as well as working with our regular school groups, we have been pleased to organise events for Chelomdiston, East Bergholt and Bramford Primary Schools as well as for Woodbridge School. We will be approaching other local schools very soon.
As previously, Mid-Suffolk Scouts continue to support us, as well as groups from as far away as Coventry.
This year, we have been aided by support from ##### helping us to get some new small buoyancy aids

Summer Junior Courses 2019

Junior Sailing Summer Courses are being planned for July and August 2019

Many thanks to Charles Broadway for producing this superb video Our classes are small and have very good instructor:student ratios, helping young people to learn steadily. Why not give us a try?
Details of our progamme will be released at the end of January 2019.

WANT TO GET INVOLVED? - Qualified Instructors and Volunteers

Get involved in 2019

Neptune is dependent on a small team of qualified staff, ably supported by a wide range of volunteers, who take on many different tasks, such as serving on the management team, organising and running courses, helping with maintenance, or just helping out on the water. Each sailing group is organised by an RYA Senior Instructor, with lots of support from other Instructors, and we are particularly keen to hear from Dinghy Instructors, especially Senior Instructors who are keen to help us. For those helping on the water, we will aim to develop your skills by providing training opportunities.
If you are interested in joining our team, and we hope that you will be, please do get in touch ( We have activities running on most afternoons and evenings, and would be very pleased to hear from you.

Who are Neptune Sailing?

Rigging lots of dinghies

Neptune Sailing is based on the River Orwell at Woolverstone, near Ipswich. We have a large number of craft, of different types and provide a range of Dinghy Sailing and Powerboat training and assessment. During the season the centre is available to both young people and adults. We aim to provide high quality tuition, based on the RYA National schemes.

Neptune Sailing has been divested from Suffolk Water Sports Association (SWSA). We have now registered as a limited company and have been awarded charitable status.

Our Youth Groups run on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings for Beginners, Improvers and Advanced skills and are open to all young people. They are very popular, so making an early approach regarding joining one of the groups is advisable.

Adult training courses are run mainly during weekends and cover the RYA Sailing Schemes to Level 3 and RYA Powerboat Level 1 and 2, as well as Safety Boat. We are happy to offer courses to groups and individuals at other times.

During the school holiday periods week-long courses are available for young people and these are very popular. The courses offer training from beginner Stage 1 to advanced skills Stage 4.