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RYA UK Transition (T1) Programme

Youth Sailing Making a successful transition into Youth Sailing


Transitioning from a Junior to Youth Class is a challenging time for all sailors. It is not a “one size fits all” and whilst there is a “normal” time to transition, some sailors will move from Junior to Youth classes earlier or later depending on their stage of development.

The RYA supports each Youth Class Association to provide open class training and within this, there is a team of coaches who can help sailors learn the new skills required for their chosen Youth Class.



Laser Radial - girls and boys

420 – all boy, all girl crews or mixed crews (open)

29er - all boy, all girl crews or mixed crews (open)

Neil Pryde RS:X 8.5 - girls and boys



The RYA supports all Class Associations by funding a Transition Coach to support 12 days of open training.



Following the UK Youth National Championships (at Easter each year), support is available to a number of transitioning sailors at an International event to help with their development. This varies class by class and is detailed in the Youth Selection Policy.



Transitioning sailors should fulfil the following criteria;

1.    Normally be in their first year of Youth Class sailing.

2.    Normally be aged under 16 in the year of application

3.    Be eligible to compete for Great Britain in the Olympic Games (comply with ISAF regulation 19)



Coaches and Class Associations will advise on the relevant profiling day(s) that sailors should attend during their transition year.



It is helpful for the RYA and Class Associations to know the intentions of Junior sailors. Therefore, please fill in the 'Junior to Youth Class Transition' registration form to inform us of your intentions. This information will be passed to the relevant coaches and class associations.


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