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September On Board Sailing Sessions

Reserve your place on our Saturday sessions


For those who would like to continue to sail with Neptune after their course, we are offering four Saturday OnBoard sessions in September. These are open to all, with a low fee covering use of craft, buoyancy aid, etc.
Dates and times are :
7 September 2.00-5.00pm
14 September 10.00-1.00pm
21 September 2.00-5.00pm
28 September 10.00-1.00pm
The charge will be just £15 (youth group members £10) per session.

Summer Junior Courses 2019

Final Junior Sailing Summer Course of the season - still some spaces available


Many thanks to Charles Broadway for producing this superb video.

Our summer courses have experienced a late rush of bookings but we still have some spaces available on the last August course, so there is still scope to introduce your children to sailing this year.
Our classes are small and have very good instructor:student ratios, helping young people to learn steadily. Many of our students return year after year.
The junior courses are great value at just £150 for the five days (20 hours). No payment is required at the time of booking your place. Why not give us a try?
Details of our progamme are available at: Summer Junior courses

Our Youth Groups will continue again from next April and we can offer a free trial session with no obligation, so that you can find out more about sailing with Neptune.
Details of the youth group programme are available at: Evening Youth groups

Local youngsters help our instructor trainees

Dinghy Instructor 1st-5th July 2019

Dinghy Instructor course is fully booked!

What a superb course, again delivered by Jeremy Mills and Sue Head. The double course was full for the second year running and our pass rate was an excellent 92%, which we hope will soon be 100% on completion of the last of the requirements.
Yet again, we were supported splendidly by the Year 6 pupils from Chelmondiston Primary School, who clearly enjoyed working with the trainee instructors over the last two days of the course.
If you are thinking of becoming an RYA Dinghy Instructor next year do let us know and we will be able to help with your preparation from an early stage.

How's the season going?

Why not plan to join us next season?

Youngsters with our new buoyancy aids

Now that we are in mid-season, and the temperature has risen, we can reflect on a large number of visitors.
We were delighted to welcome back Year 6 students from East Bergholt Primary for the fourth year, with superb temperatures and good winds making the day very enjoyable for all. Their cruise to Pin Mill bay was superb and there were lots of very excited youngsters who had enjoyed the experience very much.
We have also welcomed back Mid-Suffolk Scouts, who were camping at Hallowtree, with two groups on Saturday and have also had an evening visit from Shotley Scouts. Next week will see a new group from Epping Scouts joining us for the day.
Why not bring your school or youth group along for a session? It makes a great event for end of year outings and celebrations.

Season round-up

More visitors

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 Area of Outstanding Beauty (AONB) helping us to get some new small buoyancy aids.

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 (secretary@neptunesailing.org.uk). 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 working independently, delivering quality water sports experiences, for the last six seasons. We have charitable status and are registered as a company limited by guarantee.

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.