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Youth and Junior

Scaling Dam offers a superb location for young people to learn to sail in a fun and safe environment. The Club provides a broad range of activities:

  • RYA Learn to Sail courses
  • Family fun days with camping
  • Start racing and advanced race coaching.

Details of the RYA Learn to Sail Courses available to Youth and Junior members are available on our Training page.

Youth & Junior Club

Once a month is a 'Y&J Saturday'. This is where families come together to enjoy being on and around the water. These sessions are great for those children who can already sail and want to improve in a fun, low pressure environment. We also encourage parents to get involved in running the activities, to get to know each other and introduce younger children to the club.

We run games both ashore and on the water. There is also fun racing with on-the-water coaching run by experienced racers and qualified RYA instructors. The end of the season prizegiving has prizes for serious racers, improvers and those showing perseverance.

The evening is time for family games in the comfortable clubhouse followed by a social event and free camping at the club.

Following every Y&J Saturday is one of the clubs popular Sunday 'Trophy Days' where children are encouraged to put their skills into practice and compete against the rest of the club. There will usually be a Y&J prize as part of these mini race series.

Sail Camp

Sail Camp is a residential (camping) watersport activity-based week for up to forty 8-16 year old club members, held early in the school summer holidays. Sail Camp 2024 will run from Monday 29th July through to the morning of Sunday 4th August. During the week, five days revolve around sail-training, based on the range of junior RYA training courses, including Learn to Sail, Racing, and Sailing with Spinnakers/Seamanship . These days also include team games. One other day is spent doing other fun activities.

Sail Camp is a great opportunity for both children and their parents to get really involved in the club and get to know a large proportion of the membership. Application forms and details about Sail Camp go out with the membership renewal forms in the New Year, but late applications will be considered where places are available.


Sailing is one of the few sports where young people can compete successfully on a level basis against Adults. We encourage our young sailors to race and join in with main club races. There are races on Wednesday nights and Sundays. Within these club series and one day Trophy events prizes may also be awarded Y&J sailors in the following categories:

  • Junior Under 13 on 1st March
  • Youth Under 20 on 1st March & not qualifying as a Junior.

The 12:00 Sunday race and Class race at 13:30 and general handicap Millennium race at 15:30, are a good place to start racing with many of our young sailors beating the more aged among us on a regular basis!

For more information about racing at Scaling visit RACING and START RACING

How to find out more

For dates and contact details for all Y&J events see the website calendar or the Youth & Junior 'at-a-glance' poster for dates.

For information on our Learn to Sail courses please go to our training page.

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