Get Involved

Our aim is to train up a group of junior racing sailors who are really focused on wanting to improve their skills and challenge themselves to be the best they can be

Invitation Procedure

To be considered for a BYS RTG, sailors should complete the online application form with the following factors being considered:

  • Attendance at the BYS Regional Junior Championships of their RTG region - Required (demonstration of racing)
  • Any specified Class nominated regional open event – Desirable (demonstration of racing)
  • Class open training events – Desirable (sailing skills, attitude & aptitude to training)
To help to determine who should be invited we use a sailor’s performance at the British Youth Sailing Regional Junior Championships and other nominated regional class events.

We aim to take up to 18 boats/sailors in each of the class specific training groups per region, however this number may vary according to the numbers and ability of sailors expressing interest. Where the numbers of sailors of appropriate ability allow, the RPM will invite an equal number of male and female sailors.


Invitations will be issued by the BYS Regional Performance Manager (RPM) in the autumn following the final indicator event. The RPMs will use a sailor's performance at events, their knowledge and experience plus feedback from other managers and coaches to decide who to invite.


To be considered for inclusion, a sailor would normally meet the following age criteria:

Optimist - under 15 
RS Feva - under 15 
Topper - under 15
ILCA 4 - under 15, girls under 16 years and 3 girls under 17 years
Bic Techno - under 16
*Note: All calendar year and not school year

These age limits are set to enable the sailor to progress at the optimum age into Youth Class sailing and maximise their chances of selection into Youth Performance Squads.

Sailors who are marginally outside the age criteria are invited to apply and may be included by exception. Examples where this may happen are if they were late to the sport, new to the class, or their inclusion would help to improve the overall standard.



The RYA requires sailors to contribute towards the cost of all coaching programmes in the pathway. The RTGs are very heavily subsidised by the RYA and Sport England, Sport Scotland, Sport Wales and Sport Northern Ireland and offer exceptional value for money in terms of the quality of coaching and coach to sailor ratios. The fees cover the venue costs, RIB hire, coaching and administration across all the activity, including around 12 days coached on the water.

The fees for the 2021-2022 programme for England are:

Optimist: £540 per sailor
Topper: £540 per sailor

ILCA 4 - £550 per sailor

Windsurfers: £655 per sailor (including Easter Camp)
RS Feva XL: £760 per boat/ £380 per sailor

For Home Country fees please check with your Home Country RPM

Find out which RYA Region to apply for here.

To enter the Regional Junior Championships click here

For the RTG Guidance Notes click here

Apply for a Regional Training Group

Apply here
Have questions?

Find the answers to some of the frequently asked questions here

Talk to your local Regional Performance Manager

Find your RPM here