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British Youth Sailing

Providing opportunities for young dinghy sailors and windsurfers to develop their racing talent towards Olympic Classes sailing, the RYA's British Youth Sailing programme is the envy of the world!

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  • Update 03/04/20: RYA Youth National Championships 2020 Following the recent postponement of the RYA Youth National Championships 2020 due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the RYA have considered a number of options for the future running of this event. Whilst we understand it is not currently possible to make any firm plans for 2020, the intention is to run a 4 day RYA Youth National Championships in Plas Heli 24th - 27th October for the following classes: 420, 29er, Laser Radial & Techno.  It is highly likely that this event would be the selection event for the World Sailing 2020 Youth World Championship and would form part of the selection for any 2020/21 RYA Youth Squads. The remaining youth class RYA Youth Nationals would then be run alongside an enlarged Olympic Classes National Ranker at WPNSA 30th Oct – 1st Nov. These classes would include: Kitefoil, Foiling Windsurf, Laser Standard (dependant on what UKLA qualifiers are running) Nacra 15 (dependant on the class position with regard to any European Championships). There would be no pre-event equipment inspection at these events but post-race equipment inspection will take place during the events. Education and support around equipment inspection will be delivered through the #sailfromhome initiative to help sailors prepare for future pre-event and post-race equipment inspection at International Events.  
  • #SailFromHome - resources can be found here.
  • COVID-19 Updated 31/03/20: BYS Summer Team Selections - The RYA is considering their position in regards to the Selections for 2020 BYS Summer Teams.  Due to Covid-19 situation moving so quickly and uncertainty of international events, the RYA will plan to make a decision on whether they select teams the week commencing 20th April.  Therefore all new squad applicants are on hold, this includes Laser 4.7  Please keep an eye on this news feed for the latest information
  • COVID-19 Update 26/03/2020: Due to the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic and recent government advice to minimise social contact and avoid non-essential travel, the RYA has taken the decision to cancel all activity, including events and training camps until 31st May 2020 (originally 30th April 2020). This is with immediate effect.  Unfortunately we are unable to reschedule at present, therefore refunds will be issued for any squad training that you were attending which we have cancelled - please bear with us.  We will continually monitor any activity due that is due to take place after 31st May.  This means that the RYA Youth National Championships 2020 has been postponed.  For further information on this event, please click here
  • UPDATED 25/03/20: Applications are open for the Laser 4.7 sailors to represent the British Youth Sailing Team at the Laser 4.7 Worlds.  Please only apply if you are not in the current winter 2019/20 squad.  All current 2019/20 Laser 4.7 Squad sailors will be reviewed by the Selection Committee.  If you are in the current Laser 4.7 winter 2019/20 squad and do not wish to be part of the Summer Team, please email the RYA Laser 4.7 Performance Operations Co-ordinator; sarah.marjoram@rya.org.uk. For further information, please click here
  • 24/03/20: Eric Twiname Championships 2020 has been cancelled.  For further information on this event, please click here 
  • UPDATED 18/03/20: Applications are open for the 2020 British Youth Summer Teams (Nacra 15, Kites, 29er, 420, Windfoil, Laser Radial and Laser Standard) - to represent the British Youth Sailing Team at selected RYA supported events. The only sailors that NEED to apply are sailors that are not in the current 2019/20 Winter Youth Squad or sailors looking to be selected to a Summer Team in a different class. All current squad sailors will be reviewed by the Selection Committee.  Sailors in current squads that do not wish to be considered for the Summer Team must notify their relevant Performance Operations Co-ordinator via email.  For further information, please click here
  • 2020 Youth Sailing World Championships Notice of Selection has been published. Click HERE to view. Please note that due to a technical fault beyond our control, an incorrect version was published and available from 1000 Tuesday 18th - 0830 Friday 21st February. This error has now been corrected and the correct document is now online.
  • Techno International Competition Support policy has now been published. Click HERE to view.
  • 2019/20 Laser 4.7 UK Boys and 2019/20 Laser 4.7 UK Girls policies have been updated our Junior Selection page here
  • 2019/20 RYA UKYS Selection policy update can be found here    
  • 2019/20 Optimist National, Boys & Girls Junior - Selection policy has been published here
  • RS:X UK Youth Squad is changing. Click here for more info.
  • 2019/20 Feva UKJS - Selection policy has been published here
  • 2019/20 Cadet UKJS - Selection Policy has been published here
  • 2019/20 Topper - Selection Policy has now been published here
  • BYS Values & Behaviours - can be found here
  • RYA UK Youth Squads - for the latest Selection policies, including application open date and information please click here
  • RYA UK Junior Squads - for the latest Selection policies including application open date and information please click here
  • RYA UK Zone Squads - for the latest Selection policies including application open date and information, please click here
  • New "Guide to finding a coach" for parents can be found here