Youth Sailing

Starting out on one of life's journeys.

Learning to sail gives children a real sense of achievement and independence.

We use "Oppies", proper name Optimists, with our smallest students.  These are proper sailing dinghies designed for children. 

As they gain confidence they can progress to sailing other dinghies from our fleet.

For bigger youngsters we use Toppers, Picos or Fevas.

Start from age 8.


Sailing - taster session (2 hours) junior

Not sure whether sailing is for your youngster?

Our taster session will start with a shore based introduction on boat basics.  How to launch and recover the boat.

Then on to the water, maybe without the sails to start with so the student can understand how the boat floats and balances.  How to use a paddle or oar. How to steer.

It could be a single handed boat like the Oppie shown below or in a double handed boat with one of our instructors.

You don't need to be a great swimmer just confident in the water.  

Bring your own wet suit or use on of ours, a pair of wetboots or old trainers, swimwear and a towel, then your are all set to give it a go.

Get in touch and we can book your session.

Minimum age is 8.

Duration: 2 hours Price: £ 48 View Dates
Youth Sailing - RYA Stage 1 (2 Days)

By the end of the course the student should be well on their way to ....

Assist rigging a sailing dinghy

Launch and get under way with instruction

Secure a boat to trolley and assist with packing away 

Tie a figure of eight and cleat a halyard

Can be a responsive crew under instruction
Steer when sailing and being towed
Can steer on a reach and go about
Understands the effect of basic boat controls
Understands the basic principles of stopping, controlling speed and getting out of irons
Can paddle or row
Can call for assistance 

Can put on personal buoyancy correctly and knows what to wear
Is confident in the water wearing personal buoyancy
Capsize recovery understands the importance of staying with the boat

Can name basic parts of a boat

Duration: 2 Days Price: £ 175 View Dates
Youth Sailing - RYA Stage 2 (2 Days)

Assumed knowledge - Stage 1 already completed.  By the end of this course the student should be able to ..........

Put a boat head to wind for rigging and then rig a sailing dinghy

Manoeuvre a trolley clear of other boats and overhead cables
Launch and recover a small dinghy on an offshore wind
Tie a reef knot and a round turn with two half hitches

Follow this link to You tube to see Dora on her stage 2
Can control speed and stop by lying-to
Can get out of irons
Can go about (close reach to close reach)
Can crew a boat effectively
Can sail a shallow triangle across the wind under supervision (gybing optional)   
Understands the principles of "The 5 essentials"
Return to a beach or pontoon (offshore wind)
Can be scooped in during capsize recovery or can right a dinghy

Understands the No Go Zone
Understands what is meant by windward, leeward and gybe
Understands several ways of finding the wind direction   
Has knowledge of
  Spars and rigging
  Parts of the sail
  Sail controls and foils
  Offshore and onshore winds
  Telling someone ashore
  Port / Starboard Rule

Duration: 2 Days Price: £ 175 View Dates
Youth Sailing - RYA Stage 3 (2 Days)

Equivalent to Level 2 in the National Sailing Scheme (adults).

Assumed knowledge, student will have completed RYA Stage 2 and sailed since completion.

At the end of Stage 3 the student should be able to ..........

Can rig, launch and recover in an onshore wind
Can reef a dinghy ashore according to weather conditions
Recovery Can store a dinghy ashore
Can tie a bowline, clove hitch and rolling hitch
Can demonstrate the basic principles of the following:

5 Essentials - sailing setting, balance, trim, course made good and centre board
Sailing on all points on a triangular course
Tacking upwind
Gybing from a training run
Righting a small capsized dinghy as helm/crew
Come alongside a moored boat
Prepare for a tow from power craft
Picking up a mooring

Understands Race course and starting procedures
Understands how to recover a man overboard
Understands how a sail works - basic aerodynamics
Knows terminology for use afloat; windward, leeward, bear away, luff up.
Understands the importance of clear communication aboard
Understands lee shore dangers and sailing in close proximity of other water users.
Understands advice to inland sailors for coastal sailing
Understands the dangers of hypothermia and the importance of First Aid training.
Rules of the Road Knows the basic rules of the road - Port/Starboard, windward boat, overtaking boat.
Meteorology, Knows how to obtain a weather forecast
  Understands Beaufort Wind Scale
  Knows when to reef

Duration: 2 Days Price: £ 175 View Dates
Youth Sailing - RYA Stage 4 (2 Days)

Assumed knowledge - up to and including RYA stage 3.

Successful students can now progress to the "adult" courses, seamanship, spinakers etc. and should achieve the following ......

Can rig, launch and recover in any wind direction
Can set up a boat according to weather conditions using sail and rig controls, mast rake and reefiing.
Can tie, figure of eight, round turn and two half hitches, reef knot, bowline, clove hitch, rolling hitch, sheet bend.
 Communicate effectively as helm and crew
 Effective use of the 5 essentials by helm and crew afloat including use of tell tales.
 Recovering a man overboard
 Returning to a beach, jetty or mooring safely in any wind direction.

Has knowledge of
  Beaufort Scale
  Synoptic charts
  Tidal ebb and flow
  Spring and neap tides
  Knows how to recover from total inversion
  Can apply practical sailing techniques and manoeuvres on tidal waters.
Can apply the IRPCS afloat
Has basic knowledge of IALA buoyage, how to use tide tables and how to find the direction of tidal streams.

Duration: 2 Days Price: £ 175 View Dates
Seamanship skills

You have learned to sail now you want to develop and apply some new skills on the sea.

This course is designed to give you the skills and confidence to be more self sufficient and how to deal with different conditions and challenges.

Launching and recovering the boat in different circumstances, stopping, reducing sail, recovering a man overboard, anchoring.

Assumed knowledge - Generally, you will be ready for these courses if you have completed Level 2 or 3 of the National Sailing Scheme, or Stage 3 or 4 of the Youth Sailing Scheme, and have had some practice too.

Duration: 2 days Price: £ 205 View Dates
Day Sailing

You have learned to sail now you want to develop and apply some new skills on the sea.

This course is to take you away from beach and off on a passage to a new place.

The course will require passage planning, therefore use of charts, tides and weather forecasting.

Assumed knowledge - Generally, you will be ready for these courses if you have completed Level 2 or 3 of the National Sailing Scheme, or Stage 3 or 4 of the Youth Sailing Scheme, and have had some practice too.

Duration: 2 days Price: £ 205 View Dates
Saturday Sailing

Regular Saturday morning sailing 10am - 12pm from April to the end of October.

Regular sessions to develop your sailing or working towards your next goal. 

Juniors can work through their RYA stages 1-4.

Adults can practice their skills or work towards their RYA level 1-2. . 

This is hands on so once you have been a few times you will know where the kit is and can get on with only the minimum of supervision. You will be expected to get involved from the start by rigging and preparing the boats.  We don't launch until everyone is ready so don't wait to be asked to help newbies.  Beware at the end of the session washing down the boats with the hose might get you too !

We maintain a personal record of what you have done with us so we can help you towards your next level.  We try to split everybody into the group appropriate to their skill to get the maximum benefit from the time on or off the water. 

Do let us know you are coming by booking online as numbers are limited, so if you haven't booked you may find we are full.

If we have to cancel because the conditions are inapproriate we will either reimburse you or use the payment for another Saturday.

Arrive by 09:45 at least ready for a 10am start. 

Duration: 2 hours Price: £ 22 under 16's £12 View Dates
Cardigan Bay Junior Regatta Friday 18th August 2017

This popular mini regatta is open to junior and novice sailors.  The sailors are closely supervised as for some this may be the first time competing on their own.

Participants must be at least 8 but under 16 years old and able to sail a triangular course.

Use your own boat or hire one of our Oppies, Toppers, Picos or 4.7 Lasers. 

The Race Briefing will be held at 12:30pm with a first gun at 12:55pm.  Races will be held around a course in the bay.

Squash, hotdogs and doughnuts will be at 4:30 pm followed by race results and prizes.

Duration: 4 hours Price: £ 10.00 View Dates
Celebrity race training ~ Georgina Povall

British Olympic Podium Potential sailor Georgina Povall has agreed to come to Cardigan Bay Watersports to give you some race training. 

"George" will be leading the two day session held in New Quay, Wales on 27th and 28th July 2017.

Her boat is the Laser Radial but the skills and tactics which got her where she is are just as relevant to double handed boats.

You are probably a competent sailor already but now feel you could benefit from some advice and coaching from a fellow sailor at the top of her game.

There are only 12 places so reserve your place by booking book online.

If you don't have your own boat we do have a range of Toppers and Lasers set up with race kit to hire, just let us know so we can make sure there is one available.

If all the places are sold, don't despair we can put you on the reserve list, and if there is enough people we may be able to get George's sailing buddy to come along too. 

Just email your interest

Duration: 2 days Price: £ 95 View Dates