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Wednesday group (Improvers) 2024

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Children will need to have some experience of sailing (RYA Stage 2 preferably) to join this group, and will need to be at least Year 6 (10 years of age). It is likely that the age range of this group will be 12 years and above, which may be a consideration if children prefer to sail with younger sailors. There will be 12 spaces on each evening and just 6 children will be needed to form the group.

We will be aiming to consolidate RYA Stage 2 skills in the early sessions. RYA Stage 3 (and possibly Stage 4 in the case of very experienced sailors) will be covered, as appropriate. The Stage awarded will be dependent on the skills gained over the 12 weeks of the sessions. It should be noted that the Stages become more challenging as sailors progress.

The initial sessions are likely to involve Wayfarer dinghies, but the group will progress to Topper dinghies at an early stage. Some members of the group will move on to more challenging RS Zest dinghies, dependent on their physical size and skills.


The sessions on 17 April and 24 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.