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Tuesday Group (Beginners) 2024

Rigging lots of dinghies

Children will need to be at least in Year 6 (10 years of age) to join this group. The age range is likely to be in the 10 to 13 years age range, though older children are very welcome to join the group.There will be 12 spaces on each evening and just 6 children will be needed to form the group.

We will be aiming to cover the RYA syllabuses for Stages 1 and possibly Stage 2. The Stage awarded will be dependent on the skills gained.

The initial sessions will use our Wayfarer dinghies, with an instructor aboard. This enables us to develop children’s confidence on the water, and to build the good habits needed for single-handed dinghies. We will move on to use Topper dinghies, with reduced sail sizes, as the course progresses, so children will need to be confident that they will be able to handle the dinghy, either alone or with a partner in the early stages.


The sessions on 16 April and 23 April will be free. This will give new sailors the chance to see if sailing is for them. The fee for the remaining 10 sessions will be £95, which may be paid two half-season amounts. Children joining at a later stage will be offered a reduced fee, based on the number of sessions remaining.

Personal equipment

Beginners will not need a wetsuit during the initial Wayfarer sessions, though they will be needed for Topper dinghies. This ensures that your wetsuit will not be the cause of transmission of any infection. As children grow very quickly, it is not worth spending a large amount, and local supermarkets and outlets have a selection at sensible prices. Neptune does have a small number of wetsuits, but they are usually quite small.

A good pair of wet shoes or sailing boots (better) need to be provided.

Neptune will issue a buoyancy aid to all sailors and also has a range of waterproofs available.