Youth Sailing at Frensham

Youth Sailing at Frensham is carried out in the following classes- Optimists, Toppers, Cadets, Teras and Lasers.  Optimists and Topper sailing takes place in scheduled courses- see Training section. For Cadets, Teras and Lasers- see the relevant section under Youth Sailing

RS Tera

The Frensham RS Tera's meet at 10:30 every Saturday for a short briefing followed by a training session on the water which lasts till around 13:00.

The aim is to progress the sailing skills of the children on from RYA Youth Level 2 to wherever they wish to go; from racing to just increasing their confidence and enabling them to enjoy time on the water.

The Tera’s at Frensham mostly all have the Sport rig and are sailed by children who have done both the RYA Level 2 course and the Frensham pre-Cadet course.

For those keen and able to race there is a afternoon club race series on saturday afternoon the children can compete in, which is a good and friendly introduction to racing for them. Prizes for series winners and a yellow jersey for the monthly leader!

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During the summer months there is well organised and popular leisure sailing on the friday evening which many of the RS Tera Sailors and their families take part in and provides a good opportunity to socialize and meet.


For further information please speak to Class Captain:  Simon Lomas-Clarke

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About the RS Tera

The RS Tera is a single person sailing dinghy geared towards young sailors. Simlar to the Optimist only more responsive and more fun to sail. The boat is a one design so there is not the case where you have to pay more for a competitive boat.

The RS Tera is an ISAF International Class and an RYA Recognised Junior Class.

The hull is essentially a modern skiff design – pointed front flaring to flat bottomed, hard chine after-sections. It is very stable and has a variety of rig options so is well suited to a range of ages and weights.

There are three sail options (all use the same spars) :

* Sport – 3.7m2 Dacron sail suitable for crew weight 30Kg and up; can be reefed. (Age approx: 7-13yrs)

* Pro – 4.8m2 Mylar sail suitable for crew weight 40Kg and up (Age approx: 12-17yrs)

 The Boat

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What if I don't have a boat?

RYA Youth Sailing

Don't worry, your first opportunity is probably to crew and if you want to helm the Club has a number of boats for you to sail - Cadets, Laser 4.7s and Radials and Larks for those that want a two-handed boat when they move out of Cadets.

The Club also has a very active Sailability section, which encourages youngsters with disabilities or who are unable to participate in mainstream sporting activities to get on the water.


When does this all happen?

Saturday morning is the main time that all our youngsters get together for race training. Training sessions are run by some of the top Class experts and RYA coaches.

However, that's not all - Club racing takes place all weekend all year round and on Wednesday evenings in the summer.


Who's who, and how do I get involved?

Please contact any of us for further information.

Champion Club Co-ordinator
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Cadet Class Captains

Mark Walker

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Laser Youth Group

Rob Anstey

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Frensham Lasers Coaching

Ian Gregory

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RS Teras

Simon Lomas Clarke

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Youth Sailability Mark Greenwood
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Other benefits of being part of the Volvo RYA Sailing Programme include:

  • a social side including BBQs and Discos
  • a discount for helpers on Musto clothing
  • free Club Race Coach training.

See you on the water!

Laser Youth Group

Laser 4.7FPSC’s Laser Youth group is open to any youngsters at the Club who want to sail a Laser. We cater for skill levels from RYA Youth Stage 3 upwards, but we are inclusive so if you can sail a triangular course and navigate yourself around the Pond or fancy your chances at top end of the fleet then come and join in! We aim to get our young sailors racing and competing at the Club and ultimately to give them the confidence to enter open meetings and events, if that is what they’d like to do.

The Laser Youth Group normally meets on Saturday mornings. We rig the boats, run a briefing and / or some on-shore training, get changed and go sailing!

We are back on shore in time for some lunch before Saturday afternoon racing. – the Laser 4.7 / Radial “youth” start is 10 minutes after the Saturday Handicap Race start. There are Summer and Winter series with trophies to be won for each!

Exact timing does varies throughout the year, so please check the Club Handbook or class programme on the web site (or email the LYG organiser below).

A bit about the boats...

Laser RadialLasers were originally designed with what is now known as the “Standard” rig. It can be quite hard work and you need to weigh 75Kg plus to sail competitively, so optional rigs were developed to cater for lighter weight people - everything else stays the same.

The Laser is an RYA recognised Pathway Boat, with the 4.7 rig for Junior sailors (Under 16) and the Radial rig for Youth sailors (16 to 19 years). The UK Laser Association runs a very extensive event programme, so you can go and race a Laser with any of the rigs pretty much every week-end of the year, if that is your thing. The UKLA also organises regular open training and there is an RYA Squad system in place for all three rigs which could take you all the way through to the Olympics… If it takes your fancy, all three variants are raced internationally.

Laser 4.7 The Laser 4.7 has the smallest sail (4.7 square metres, believe it or not !) with a short bottom mast section. It is suitable for lightweight sailors from around 13 years old, depending on weight (50 -65 Kgs) and height as much as anything.

Laser Radial The Laser Radial has a 5.7 sq m sail and a bottom mast section that is longer than the 4.7 but smaller than the Standard rig’s. It is suited to sailors in the 60 to 75 Kg range and as well as being an RYA Pathway class it is the Women’s Olympic single hander.

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Frensham Pond - Volvo RYA Champion Club

RYA Youth Sailing

Frensham Pond was one of the first clubs in 1999 to become a Champion Club. This was recognition of many years of teaching youngsters to sail and race at top flight.

This now means that we:

  • Provide a structured Junior Race Programme in RYA recognised junior classes. In our case these classes are Cadet, Laser 4.7s and Laser Radials.

  • Provide regular class specific racing and coaching.

  • Develop youngsters enthusiasm and talent and encourage and support their development so that as many as possible gain places in the Volvo RYA Junior and Youth Development Programmes.

  • Encourage youngsters to attend training at other clubs and take part in Zone Qualifiers, Open and National Class Association and RYA events.

.... in other words the route to the top!


A measure of our success is that we currently have one Cadet team in the 2013 National Squad  another 3 teams in the National Junior Squad, with several others hot on their heals in the development squads.

One longer term measurement would be that many of our National Championship winners, who were Cadets at Frensham in fact still race here today from time to time. You almost couldn't get better coaches!

The Champion Club scheme is divided into two age bands, these are Juniors, in our case sailing Cadets, and Youth who are encouraged to sail Laser 4.7 & Radials (single-handed). 

The Club also recognises that not everyone will be in a Squad and may just want to race at home which is why we invest heavily in Club Cadets and RS Tera's to help introduce children to sailing and racing.

When Juniors move to the Youth section, they may want to continue to sail a double-hander and in this case we would encourage youngsters to continue to sail at Frensham in a range of boats.

'Best place to learn about what the wind does'
Roger Gilbert
RS200, RS400 National Champion and Endeavour Trophy Champion

'Couldn't be better for youngsters to start racing'
Nick Craig
OK, Enterprise National & World Champion and Endeavour Trophy Champion

'I really appreciate the encouragement, interest and support given to me from an early age by the Club and its members. I feel it has played an important role in the development of my sailing'

Andrea Brewster
Europe National Champion and Pre-Olympic Regatta sailor