We concentrate on training for regattas throughout the year, but encourage those who are new to the sport to try sailing as well. For newcomers, we follow the RYA syllabus to ensure they are at least competent to a Stage 2 standard. Some of our young sailors have progressed to the stage where they have been selected to race in national prep schools’ regattas. Pupils in Years 6 to 8 can opt to sail on Wednesday afternoon instead of playing team sports. We currently sail from the National Centre in Weymouth.

Our sailors are challenged in the great outdoors in many different ways. Knot tying, problem solving, dealing with hot or cold, windy or windless weather conditions, working independently and as a team to achieve the same goal, constant vigilance and concentration, and risk management. Despite all of these challenges, they still seem to have a lot of fun!