Welsh Youth Squads

The RYA Cymru Wales Youth Squad programme supports 40 sailors under the age of 18. Find out how to apply and which classes are supported.

Training is run over a number of residential and non-residential weekends and tailored dates (for those classes with fewer boats). These Squads aim to boost sailors into GBR National Squads and support those already in Squads. Training is run by very experienced coaches who’s aims are to; develop a culture of excellence and personal responsibility, optimist equipment and partnerships, campaign and programme management.

Applications for Welsh Squad places will be open in September. Please ensure you have a read of the 2021-2022 Squad Selection Policy in the link at the bottom of the page. 





5-6 Weekends

Travel and Events

Training takes place in North, South and West Wales. Sailors are encouraged to attend Welsh events, class ranking events, squad indicator events and International events. Sailors will be offered event support by RYA Cymru Wales coaches at Welsh and class ranking events.


The RYA Cymru Wales Youth Squad programme is heavily subsidised by Sport Wales however, a contribution is required from sailors toward squad training and event support.

Welsh Squad Youth Classes

Details of the different types of boats/boards sailed in Wales


Top Tips for parents looking for some advice to support your sailor from changing class, the performance pathway and who to contact if you have any Safeguarding concerns and much much more


A link to the Squad Sailor resource to help support your training and racing. Everything from physical resources to technical videos. You will also find links to the 'Squad Contracts' and 'Notice of Training'. Don't forget your login.....


Information on funding sources in Wales for Youth and Junior sailors and how to apply for RYA Cymru Wales Equipment Provision support


The Welsh Sailing Youth and Junior Academy is for sailors who have the potential to win medals at National and International Junior, Youth & Senior competition in time. The Academy is open for selection at various times but the main entry point will be in the Winter.