The Recognised Clubs initiative sees the Royal Yachting Association (RYA) working alongside sailing clubs around the country to promote grassroots sailing and support junior and youth sailors as they develop racing skills.  Reading Sailing Club is the 10th club in the south to receive the accolade.  

Karen Smailes, Youth and Junior Coordinator at Reading Sailing Club says “Our club aims to accommodate all ages and enthuse all types of sailing. We run a regular race programme throughout the year that the children are encouraged to take part in.  We have a specific Youth and Junior Training programme weekly throughout the summer. We are delighted to be rewarded as one of the British Youth Sailing Recognised Clubs.”  

Chris Atherton, the RYA’s senior high performance manager, said: “We’re proud to announce Reading Sailing Club as a British Youth Sailing Recognised Club.  The key challenge for our sport is to encourage more young people to start participating in sailing and progress into racing. This is best done at club level with successful junior and youth training and racing.  

“The BYS Recognised Club status distinguishes those sailing clubs with a commitment to the development of junior and youth racing and race training, which is delivered in a safe and fun environment. We would like to invite any sailing clubs which think they meet the criteria to apply for BYS Recognised Clubs status.  We encourage all clubs to apply to us for this recognition.”  

Reading Sailing Club meets a series of exacting standards.  It has demonstrated that it runs a regular race training programme within at least one of the BYS Recognised Classes – the Optimist, Topper, Laser 4.7, Cadet, RS Tera (Sport), RS Feva XL and BIC Techno windsurfer at junior level, and 29er, 420, Laser Radial, Laser Standard, Nacra 15 multihull and RS:X windsurfer at youth level.   To be a BYS Recognised Club, sailors must compete at BYS Regional Junior Championships at least once every two years with training delivered by qualified RYA Coaches.  

The Recognised Clubs scheme replaces the long-running Champion Clubs programme which came to an end at the start of 2018.  

For information about how to become a British Youth Sailing Recognised Club, click here.   

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