Midland Sailing Club Juniors and Youth

Information about how the Midland Sailing Club Junior's group is run.


Welcome to Midland Sailing Club

Juniors and Youth


Who are we?

We are a parent and volunteer-run group who aim to introduce children and young adults to sailing in a safe and relaxed environment. We will teach absolute beginners to sail and advance them in confidence and skill so they can competently race against other juniors and adults. Young sailors can also complete RYA achievement levels assessed by the MSC’s senior instructors. RYA Log books are available and certificates are awarded on completion of each stage.

When do we meet?

Most Saturdays from 9.30 am until 12.15 pm. You will be informed by text message if a session is cancelled. You will receive an eventbrite invitation each week and must book a place for your child to participate. We will not be able to accommodate any children who have not prebooked. Please pass your e-mail address to the junior volunteers to be included in the invitation.

How do we work?

Each junior has three taster sessions free of charge. After this, we hope the junior will become a member of the club (£10.50 joining fee and £39 p/a per junior then £2 per session) and join in the fun whenever they want. Application forms  are available at registration or online.

Children under 14 must be accompanied by a responsible adult at all times. Children over 14 can be left unaccompanied at the discretion of the club, but we ask that a Medical Consent form is completed in case of accident.

Our Saturday morning sessions can only take place due to the hard work of a dedicated group of unpaid volunteers. But it is expected that all sailors and parents give assistance whenever help is required. The juniors themselves are expected to rig their own boats and to put them away afterwards. Parents and juniors will be given guidance from instructors. Please do not attempt to rig or launch boats without training from a MSC instructor, please ask for help if you are unsure.

Please arrive at the club no later than 9.30am and register upstairs, juniors should then pay any subs before getting changed.  The junior will then attend a briefing about the morning’s session plans before rigging boats. Any child near the water should wear a buoyancy aid whether they intend to sail or not. Juniors should not go on the water before the safety boat is launched.

Please de-rig and put away boats and any borrowed buoyancy aids before getting changed out of sailing kit.


What do I need to bring?

For your comfort and safety, you will be required to bring the following items of clothing:

  • Wetsuit boots or old trainers. Don’t bring your new expensive trainers as they will get wrecked! Old running shoes or wetsuit shoes/boots with a grip are ideal.

  • Warm Clothing. Fleece material is ideal, along with layers, i.e. a couple of t-shirts and a sweatshirt. Old jogging bottoms are suitable or anything else that’s warm and easy to dry.

  • A change of clothes/shoes to go home in!

  • For wet weather: Waterproof Jacket and Trousers. You can pick up a reasonably priced cagoule or lightweight waterproof jacket and trousers fairly easily.

  • Hat and Gloves. It’s worth investing in some wetsuit gloves for protection, but an ordinary pair of gloves (preferably not woolly) will add some protection.

MSC changing rooms and hot showers are available.

From mid November through to the start of April no child may sail without winter sailing gear (i.e. wetsuit). For Summer months remember sunscreen & hats.

Buoyancy aids are provided by the club and must worn on or near the water.. A safety boat, fully manned will be in attendance at all times.

Important people.

MSC Commodore Julian Harms julian.harms@midlandsailingclub.org.uk
RYA Training Centre Principal Oliver Mason principal@midlandsailingclub.org.uk
Junior's committee Chairperson Adam Maclean adam.maclean@midlandsailingclub.org.uk
Junior Sailing Co-ordinator Mike Homer mb.aj.homer@hotmail.com
Junior's Secretary Nancy Gudgeon nancy.gudgeon@midlandsailingclub.org.uk
Junior and Youth Coach Richard Dee richard.dee@blueyonder.co.uk
Registration John Couperthwaite john.couperthwaite@midlandsailingclub.org.uk
Child Protection Co-ordinator Michael Colles



Please remember:

  • Young Sailors and Parents are considered to be guests of Midland Sailing Club for the Initial Taster Sessions (maximum 3 sessions). Thereafter, it is a requirement of the Club rules, that each young sailor becomes a member of Midland Sailing Club (£10 joining fee then £39 p/a) plus £2 per Saturday Session.

  • Each young Sailor remains the responsibility of the parent throughout the session, except when under direct supervision of an Instructor either on shore or on the water.

  • Parents are considered guests of the Midland Sailing Club for the duration of each session only.

  • Information for Parents who wish to learn to sail themselves and/or become full members can be found on the Club Website: www.midlandsailingclub.org.uk.

Child protection policy

●   The Club operates a “Child Protection Policy”  Please refer to the Training Manual which is available in the clubroom to all members and visitors. Please ask one of the instructors if you would like to look at it.

●   Should you have any concerns or questions please see the club’s welfare or assistant welfare officers.

First Aid

A First aid box is situated on the landing at the top of the stairs. A list of first aiders is displayed beside the first aid box and in the entrance foyer.