Sailing Committee March Newsletter

This year we thought it would be useful to send out a monthly message to highlight upcoming events plus any useful updates and information.

As well publicised the sailing season starts in just over one weeks time on Sunday 24th March, so if not already done so, now is the time to check your boats to make sure everything is working properly and fittings are secure. We want to highlight that due to tidal conditions the start time for the first race  is early at 9am and the Race Officer will not have much scope for any delays so please do arrive early.  Racing is for the Amy Cup and ANRP Mug split into Fast and Slow Handicap racing which will be held over 4 weekends with 5 races out of 8 to count.

Our first Regatta of the year is on Easter Monday with a 3-race series starting 10am. This is always a popular event particularly as there might be some chocolates involved! In the run up to this we have some top UK ILCA / Laser race coaches arriving on the 29th for a four day training camp. This is a superb opportunity to learn new skills from the best. There are still a few places open so be quick and sign up on webcollect.

The RCIYC Nick Cousins Memorial Spring Regatta takes place over the weekend of 13th/14th April. We need volunteers for rib duty, beachmaster and also cars to tow ribs to and from St Aubin. Please contact Justin Horton who is co-ordinating, your help will be much appreciated. Sailors need to organise themselves and where necessary collaborate getting dinghies to and from the venue. Entries are through Eventbrite with a deadline 8th April.

We would like to highlight some useful resources on the club website under the Racing / Notice Board. Here you will find the Programme of Events, Notice of Race, Sailing Instructions and Handicaps. Also, this page will be where we post any amendments so keep an eye on this.

As you may have seen in the press, Ports of Jersey are conducting a survey of the breakwater and slipway following damage from Storm Ciaran. We are in close communication with PoJ as restricted access will impact the running of our events. We will keep you informed of any changes to our programme.

Please could all sailors make sure their trolleys are clearly labelled with their name and sail number. This helps the shore party identify trolleys as sailors return to shore and speeds up the process.

An advance thankyou to all members helping with race duties this year. We recently held an excellent briefing session at the club to share knowledge on the running of club events. If anyone missed this and is unsure of their duties and what is involved, please contact a member of the Sailing Committee.

Finally if you have duties assigned to you on Dutyman and have not yet accepted or swapped your duty please do this as soon as possible so we can avoid last minute complications.

In the meantime, we look forward to seeing you on the water – Happy Sailing

Sailing Committee

2024 Sailing courses

Dinghy Sailing courses for all ages and ability, delivered by our Qualified RYA Dinghy Instructors with enthusiasm and professional local knowledge. All our courses aim to help you improve your skills, and take into account your personal requirements.

We operate from the comfort of St Catherine’s Sailing club with up-to-date learning resources.

Using Optimist , Pico, Feva and Omega sailing dinghies we are able to Tailor your learning programme to suit your physical ability and learning levels.

Our courses start from 8ys as individuals, but Families might like to bring younger members if they are together on a course.

Bookings only through

Types and Dates of Courses.

Learn to Sail RYA Stage 1 and 2 :

Wednesday 5th June for 6 consecutive Weeks: 4.30 to 6.30pm

RYA Stage 3 and 4 club racing.

Thursday 6th June for 6 consecutive Weeks. 5.30 to 8.00pm

Adult Sailing and Seamanship course, (bespoke learning and qualifications dependant on personal requirements.)

17th to 21st June. (5 days) 9am to 3 pm

Adult Return to sailing (race training) Saturday 18th May

10 am to 1pm bespoke race training for intermediate level sailors

Adult Learn to sail Saturdays 1st/ 8th/ 22nd June

Individual Saturdays from 10 am to 1pm for learning students.

S.C.S.C. RYA Assistant Instructor course

For Yr.10 students wanting to assist Instructors during the 2024 season.

Saturday 29th June 9am

Summer learn to sail courses.

Junior Summer 1 (RYA all stages)

22nd to 25th July (4 days)

Junior Summer 2 (RYA all stages)

29th July to 1st Aug (4 days)

Junior summer 3 (RYA all stages)

5th to 8th Aug 4 days)

Junior summer 4 (RYA all stages)

12 to 15th Aug. (4Days)

Junior Regatta Fun for all Summer course attendees and their Families

17th Aug 10am (morning only)

Adults, Families and Teens Sailing Course. (Bespoke teaching and learning to suit individuals and groups)

19 to 22nd Aug (4 days)

Summer Sailing Course for Adults, Families and Teens.

The last course of the summer is specifically designed for Adults, Family groups and Teenagers to learn to sail .

With a fleet of dinghies including Optimists, Picos, Fevas and Omega, there is something for everyone.

The course starts on Monday 21st August and last for 4 days. You will be given specific tailored tuition to your level and needs depending on your experience , skill and learning style.

Take the link to webcollect our on line booking platform, where you will see more information and booking details for this course.

Summer Sailing Courses

2023 Summer courses are filling up fast as we approach the Easter holidays.

Make sure your booking is complete by following the links to our booking platform “Webcollect” where you can see the information for each course

Wednesday evenings are for those young novices, level 1 and 2, where Thursday evening courses are for those wanting to get into racing, (level 3/4 sailors)

Junior summer courses start from July 24th for all levels, and an adult / family / teen Summer course in on 21st August.

If you would like to get on a course earlier and you are an Adult wanting to brush up your skills for racing, or just want to get on the water for the first time there is a preseason course from 12th to 16th June (5 days) tailored to parents with children at school. 9am to 2.30pm.

Competitive Multiclass Dinghy Racing