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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!

Latest News

  • Youth Performance Squads applications are now open! Please click HERE to apply.
  • 2020-21 Youth Selection Policy has been released. Please click HERE for the Selection Policy and HERE for the supported events and squad sizes.
  • Youth to Olympic Transition Project - We are excited to announce our Transition to Olympic Class project, please click HERE for more information on how to apply.  Please note that applications are now closed.
  • SportsAid Week 2020 21-27 September #MyMiles Challenge - for further information via Social Media Twitter here.  To find out all about the ways you can participate in the #MyMiles Challenge here
  • RYA Youth Nationals - Entries are now full! If you missed out add your name to the waiting list here. There is still space for the Ranker weekend which includes the Nacra 15, Wind foiling and Kite Classes. You can enter this event here.
  • Regional Junior Championships Entries are now open! - Click HERE for more information and to enter
  • Latest Laser 4.7 training information can be found HERE
  • Regional Training Group Applications are now open Click HERE to apply
  • 2020/2021 Winter selections for UK Youth Squads: Applications would normally open on 1st August for all UK Youth Squads however, given the current climate we are unable to open them at this time. It is our intention to open the applications by early October. We are currently working out the best Selection events and finalising our Selection Policy. As soon as this is completed we will post an update and open the applications.
  • 2020 International Competition - Please click here for an update letter on our position regarding international events for 2020. Please note this may be updated from time to time. If/when it is updated an update note will be added.
  • Return to Sailing

Now that the UK Government have allowed sailing as a form of exercise, for those of you wishing to go out onto the water, we would like to draw your attention to the RYA’s Guidance and Government advice.  

The Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS) has issued the following guidance for the public, providers of outdoor sport facilities, elite athletes, personal trainers and coaches on the phased return of sport and recreation:

We would strongly suggest you only access the water through your local sailing club and remember the core messages of:

  • Be considerate
  • Be conservative, and
  • Have fun  

It will have been a long time since you or your boat has been on the water so be prepared.    

  • 2020 Youth Sailing World Championships update: We have withdrawn the Notice of Selection for the 2020 Youth Worlds in Brazil as the event has been cancelled by World Sailing. More details can be found here.
  • RYA Youth Summer Programme - Important announcement: Due to the government restrictions, all parts of the programme have been unable to train and compete consistently over the last couple of months and we think the sport, and individuals, will still continue to be challenged and restricted in the future months. With this in mind, we feel that it would be unfair to select Summer Teams, as we do not have enough robust information or any confirmed competitions structure this summer. We will look to be more inclusive in our support and resource over the coming months, by providing online 'Zoom' sessions to the Classes rather than Winter 2019/20 squads. Please look out for Class sign-up sheets that will be circulated to the Classes over the next week. We appreciate that this news, may be upsetting, however we believe this is the right decision in the current circumstances until we have the opportunity to select with robust data.
  • 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.
  • Techno International Competition Support policy has now been published. Click HERE to view.           
  • RS:X UK Youth Squad is changing. Click here for more info.
  • 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
  • Laser 4.7 Junior Squad - Winter squad now finished. Summer team not being selected due to Covid-19. Winter 2020/21 will become a Regional Training Group, see below
  • Regional Training Groups - for the latest policies including application open date and information, please click here
  • New "Guide to finding a coach" for parents can be found here