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Sail Training Notes 2019

Notes for Sail Training 2019          


Hello Members – we are looking forward to another Sail Training week this year which is taking place from 4th-11th August. 


The application process is about to open!  We will be welcoming your applications in the next 10 days.  Please apply online at where the application form will be made available from 1st -10th March inclusive.  Please also note that this year we are also taking online applications for the Trainee Assistant Instructor course and the Seamanship Skills course during this period only.  We aim to get back to all applicants by the end of April.  


Please note that it is not first come first served.  The application process, selection criteria and courses offered are on the website. You might find it helpful to read this carefully before you apply.  This year we expect all applicants for Stages 3, Start Racing and Improve Your Racing to provide their own Topper.  We will only loan Toppers to those on Stage 2 unless there are exceptional circumstances.


Trainee Assistant Instructors – we have decided to change how we train the assistant instructors to a focused three day session ahead of the Sail Training week.  This year the training takes place on Friday 2nd , Saturday 3rd and Sunday 4th August. In previous years the course has run throughout the whole week but in order to improve the AI training, we have chosen to run this in advance of the core week of activity. 


We welcome applicants age 15 and over who have passed Stage 4 and at least one advanced RYA  module (Sailing with Spinnakers, Seamanship Skills or Intermediate Racing).  For those that would like to take the Seamanship Skills course, we are offering a 2 day course on the weekend of July 27th and 28th.


Please note that you should be able to sail to the standard of Seamanship Skills in order to successfully complete the Assistant Instructor training. There will not be time on the AI course to focus on improving your skills in this respect, with the aim of the course, being to complete the necessary elements to become an Assistant Instructor.


The Assistant Instructor training is an intensive 20 hour course split over three days. An element of preparation in advance will be required including background reading and planning for a 10 minute presentation to be completed on the course. Full details will be provided in due course. This year we will charge £100 to do the 3 day course however students will receive a full refund upon successful completion of the week.


If anyone has any queries about the Assistant Instructor training, please contact Nick Williams, or 07704 422548. 


Dates and timings: 

27th and 28th July: Seamanship Skills

2nd/3rd/4th August: Trainee Assistant Instructors

Sunday 4th August: Indicative Timings

13:00 Lead Instructor Briefing

13:30 Briefing All Instructors 

14:00 Staggered Boat Checks (to include Safety Boats)

17:00 Parent and Child Briefing (everyone to attend) 

17:30 Safety Boat and Volunteer Briefing 

18.00 BBQ


Courses will be run over the period Monday 5th August – Saturday 10th August.

Sunday 11th August: Prize Giving at 10.30am


Prices: Prices have been increased this year after several years of no change:

·      Stage 1: £135 

·      Stages 2 and 3: £270 

·      Stages 4, Start Racing and Improve Your Racing: £215

·      Sailing with Spinnakers £110

·      Seamanship Skills: £110 

·      Trainee Assistant Instructors: £100  



Instructors: For any qualified instructors looking to take part in Sail Training please get in touch with Georgie at the address below. 

For any further queries, please email

We are greatly looking forward to another busy and exciting sail training week and we look forward to receiving your applications in the coming days.

Georgie Child and Charlie Vivian

BSSC Sail Training Committee

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