Lancing Junior Sailors

Lancing Junior Sailors

The concept is to encourage fun on the water while sailing and not scare people off by adding competition too early. The sessions would be for all standards off junior sailor from absolute beginner to competent racers. Ideally the younger and newer sailors would be paired with a competent junior sailor to encourage mentoring.
Basic sailing instruction will be provided with initial on shore sessions before hitting the water for a activities and games designed to encourage maximum participation and learning boat handling and technique without adding the stress of racing around a course and associated rules.

The sessions will run every Saturday 13:00-16:00 (1pm-4pm) from beginning May through to end Sep (weather permitting). In windier conditions sailors may pair up in double handed boats if confident/capable or sail with adult helpers. The idea is talk through techniques and the activities on the beach, then to be on the water having fun and experience helming, crewing and sailing with different people. This should encourage a junior community at LSC.

Adult supervisor to junior ratio should ideally be 1:4 with 2 rescue boats available (and potentially adults in their own boats) providing on water guidance and advice for those that need it and facilitating the activities/games. A beach party will be required to assist launching and recovery (this could come from the 2nd rescue boat crew).

Topics and activities are briefly described below.

  • Lessons
  • Rigging and sailing terminology
  • Points of Sail
  • Wind basics (strength (beaufort scale & knots), direction and sea state)
  • Launching/Recovery
  • Trimming
  • Helming
  • Crewing
  • Tacking
  • Gybing
  • Capsize Drill
  • Spinnaker/Gennaker (Hoist, trimming and recovery)
  • Basic sailing rules (Port/Starboard/windward boat)
  • Tides, transits and lay-lines
  • Weather (clouds, etc.)
  • Wind advanced (gusts, shifts, shadow)
  • Games/Activities
    • Burgee Snatcher – 2 teams protecting a buoy with burgee attached. Need to steal opponents burgee and keep own to win. Set buoys across wind for reaching practice or windward/leeward for upwind downwind practice.
    • Sharks and Minnows – 1 (or more) deer are chased by school of sharks within a set area. Need to get within distance to throw a tennis ball at the minnows boat (if collide minnow is set free again).
    • Pirate Flotilla – Begin with one pirate who has to catch other boats to join the Pirate Flotilla by sailing close enough to throw a ball and hit the other boat. The captured boats then join the Pirate Flotilla to catch other boats. Use bibs to show who is a pirate.
    • YouTube Advert – Create an advert for LSC using video and editing.
    • Fetch – Start boats at a safe zone (startline) and rescue boat set a buoy in a direction (upwind, crosswind or downwind) and first individual to get the buoy and bring back to the safe zone (finish line). If other boats luff boat with buoy, the buoy must be dropped and picked up by another boat.
    • Obstacle Course – Set a startline and a set of obstacle on a course that boats have to go around in teams (or individuals) racing each other. Obstacles can be buoys to sail around to port and starboard (weaving); areas to capsize and recover; areas to swim around your boat, buoys to tack and (or) gybe around; different short legs to practice different points of sail.
    • Rock and Roll – Sailors stand on their boats and sway from side to side around a course when there is no (or very light) wind.
    • Kamikaze – Sailors stand on the side of their boats and sail dinghy like stood up like a windsurfer.
    • Design a Course – Each sailor designs a course and the group vote which will be laid to sail
    • around.
    • Skill Race – Sail a curse and at each mark a skill or action is given to the crew to do. Skill
    • could be de-rig and rig, capsize drill, swim tow your boat, climb the mast, 360, 720 etc.
    • Racing
    • Startline
    • Courses/Laps
    • Luffing and wind shadow
    • Sailing faster upwind (technique and tactics)
    • Sailing faster downwind (technique and tactics)
    • Team Racing

Open for discussion of course…these are initial ideas.

Matt Carter

 Club boats and youth Fevas

In 2010 Lancing Sailing Club has acquired two club boats, a Topper and a Laser, for use by any club member who wants to try sailing these dinghy classes without supervision, and assuming you have some basic sailing skills. This in no way changes the existing ethos, that our club members generally buy their own dinghies for use at the club, but does provide an opportunity to try out these specific dinghies, possibly before deciding what dinghy to purchase. Alternatively, you may simply want to try sailing or racing at the club, before you make any major financial commitment on a boat.

However, you do need to join the club before you can book and use the club dinghies. They can be used in light and moderate wind (max f4), weather and sea conditions only, and within the skill level of the member concerned. It is not intended that any individual uses these dinghies on a long-term basis, instead of acquiring their own.

In addition, the club has now two youth boats, RS Fevas, kindly provided through the Youth Opportunities Fund available for use by our juniors, targeted primarily at 13 – 18yr olds. Younger juniors can use them with appropriate support and supervision, if they are not being used by teenagers.

This year, the committee is asking for a small contribution of £5 per session from adults borrowing the club boats and youth Fevas. Borrowing any of the boats remains free for youth and junior members. The terms and conditions are published on this website and are also available in the booking folder in the foyer at the club.

You can download the documentation relating to the boats here:

 Notes from talks

In the early season, Lancing SC organises one or two talks on subjects relevant to the local conditions. Over the years, coaches and good sailors gave us tips on how to start properly, how to estimate the tide or simply how to sail better.

Here are the slides for three of these presentations:

 Lancing Ladies

In this first video, we cover the essentials of rigging a Topper.

  • – Ensure the bung is in tightly
  • Fix the rudder to the boat, and make sure the tiller arm is under the traveller.
  • – Slot the mast in the mast step by bringing it at an angle, then secure the mast by pulling the toggle and fasten the plug in the mastgate hole.
  • – Make sure the boat is head to wind and unroll the sail.
  • – Clip the boom to the mast with the gooseneck (crescent-shaped boom ending)
  • – Attach the rear end of the sail (“clew”) to the boom using the hook, then attach the outhaul.
  • – Clip in the kicker and take off the slack.

Just before launching, slot the daggerboard in the case and make sure the mainsheet is free of tangles. This will come in the next video!

In this second video, we launch a Topper from the beach.

  • – Take the boat off the trolley.
  • – Slot the daggerboard in the case.
  • – Ensure the elastic retaining the daggerboard is clipped on itself.
  • – Check if the tiller extension and the mainsheet are free of tangles.
  • – Pull the boat on the water with the sail at an angle to the wind.
  • – Partly push down the rudder and daggerboard to get control without touching the bottom.
  • – Holding on to the tiller extension and the mainsheet, get in the boat and sheet in to power on.
  • – As soon as you are deep enough, push the rudder and the daggerboard fully down.

Happy sailing!

 Dates for your diary

RS Feva Team Racing

Crawley Mariners YC welcomes clubs to compete in a Team Racing event on Saturday 03 May 2014. Lancing SC youths are all welcome. This has proved to be a great day in the past. For more info, please contact Isabelle

Cobnor weekends

Residential sailing weekends at Cobnor, one mid-April and the second one in mid-October. Crawley Mariners YC organises the offers 2 places to Lancing SC youths.

Volunteer Instructors required to assist at either event – Great fun!

  • – Fri 25th April to 27th April 2014 – Please contact Isabelle
  • – Fri 17th October to 19th October 2014. Taking bookings.

This season will have a more fun and structured approach identifying training needs and delivering with the use of coaches, separate training area, safety boat cover and a tips board.

This is only a start and will be added to and tailored to the interest generated.

NB: How many other sports can you think of that enable the whole family of all ages to compete/participate on an equal level?

 Training resources

The sailor just ahead of you.

The sailor just ahead of you boat on the beach. Invaluable source for very local weather, what is/has and probably will happen. Live camera feed.

Small library of racing books at Lancing Sailing Club

"Play the rules" website– Rules game website – Brill!

UK-Hasley Rules quiz section – Another entertaining quiz about the rules. Register for free with an email address. Pause and replay the action while reading the answers to understand the reasons behind the decisions. Requires Flash player plug-in, link available on the site. – Royal Yachting Association – UK Topper Association – UK Laser Association

Tips and articles from Sailing Solutions

Links to other resources and class associations are available in the Links page of this site.

YouTube –Input type of dinghy and "training" Magazine site.

Lancing Sailing Club forum

Club Members – Approx twenty qualified coaches and as many very experienced sailors and technical gurus.


Fridge – Meat, pasta, veg & fruit etc

Exercise – Gym, cycling etc and for some swimming!

Sleep more than 4 hours the night before the race.

 The future

Establish an up to date training program in line with Lancing needs and RYA directives.

Supply easier access to new and potential new Junior/Youth members.

Introduce Buddy and Mentoring Systems.

Develop more contacts with like minded Youths and clubs in the surrounding counties.

Allow coaches and other sailors to offer training/advice/presentations on their areas of expertise eg trapezing, aeronautics, etc

 History of training at Lancing

(Youths can skip this bit)

The current Club members owe a lot to the Founding members, they were years ahead of their time as a small family club encouraging all “youngsters”.

The RYA remit is now looking at a 20 year plan, (which LSC has carried out for almost 50) to be inclusive and add to the mix rather than just the Dynasty sailor, (handed down by generations).

Sailing, unfortunately, suffers from a huge accessibility issue. Crazy really seeing as we are surrounded by water! Lancing (along with CMYC) has in my experience (as a Dynasty sailor) been the exception to the rule. I joined over 20 years ago through the honest advice/tips, micky-taking and friendly experiences of Lancing members while at a winter event. Many of those sailors including Dave, Pete and Jerry remain, thank you all.

We have had a number of very successful courses and training since, however the lack of a clubhouse (whilst new one completed), closure of the beach (Environment Agency building new sea defences), poor or disastrous weather, and one of those cyclical falls in club youth demographics, (exacerbated by the former incidents) resulted in us falling behind with the amount of training we wanted.

That was then and this is now, we are now in a great position of a clean sheet backed by qualified coaches, willing and able and prepared to pass their knowledge on.

That does not happen in most walks of life – Not without great expense.