The British Youth Sailing (BYS) Recognised Club Programme helps clubs to develop the sailing and racing skills of junior sailors, and encourages young sailors at grassroots level to stay in the sport. 

Royal Harwich Yacht Club has long had a significant emphasis on Junior Sailing and Junior Race Week, and despite the challenges of 2020 this was able to take place last year. They are looking forward to getting back on the water in 2021 once Covid-19 restrictions are lifted.

Stephen Olle, Rear Commodore Sailing at RHYC said:

“This is excellent news that RHYC is now a British Youth Sailing Recognised Club. Thanks to everyone who has been involved in achieving this success. This recognition will further enhance our junior training programmes and events like our very successful Junior Race week which will be held on the 23rd August this year. We are planning many more events to support further growth of our Junior and Youth racing and race training programmes.”

RYA Youth Racing Manager, Mark Nicholls, said:

“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 and a successful junior and youth training and racing programme will enable a club to flourish. 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.”

If you’d like to find out more about how to get out on the water and start your sailing adventure visit http://www.rya.org.uk/go/startboating or to find out more about Royal Harwich Yacht Club visit https://www.royalharwichyachtclub.co.uk