The week in July was entirely run by volunteers, and marks one of the highlights in the calendar for young Crawley Mariners.

Daniela Campbell from the club says: “As usual, Hedgecourt Lake served up a variety of wind and weather conditions meaning there was plenty of opportunity for capsizing. Our sailors dealt with all of these conditions brilliantly. If you have not seen it yet, you should come and have a look how quickly Topper sailors can get back into their boats after a capsize.”

This year included a trip up an imaginary African river for Oppie dinghy sailors, to see what creatures were hiding there. For the Topper sailors raft building was on the agenda. Anything from upwind sailing and mark rounding to the ever-popular whistle game was included in the programme.

Daniela adds: “A big thank you goes to the large number of volunteers who have helped to make the week a success: organisers, instructors, safety boat crews, galley staff, registration and everyone who has lent a hand. This would not be possible without you.

“We are all looking forward to the next edition of Junior Helm Week in 2020!”

Run by the Royal Yachting Association (RYA), OnBoard is a grass roots programme which introduces sailing and windsurfing to young people aged 8 to 18, through schools, youth groups and training centres. 

RYA OnBoard centres offer low cost sessions designed to promote equal access to sailing for young people from all social and economic backgrounds, whilst encouraging their character development.

Since 2005, OnBoard has introduced more than 900,000 children to sailing and windsurfing in the UK, converting some 70,000 of them into regular participants.

Crawley Mariners in an RYA OnBoard Centre, an RYA Recognised Training Centre, and a British Youth Sailing Recognised Club.

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