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HISC Youth Section Information

The Youth Committee aims to develop a love of sailing and the sea for all Youth Members.  By helping them to realise their potential in the sport of sailing in all its aspects, the Youth Members will help secure our Club's future.

Activity is co-ordinated by the Rear Commodore (Youth) and the Youth Committee.

The Club's ethos is that Youth is non-profit making.

Adult Family membership automatically includes children under 18 years of age. Youth membership applies to children between the ages of 12 and 17, whose parents/guardians are not members. Further information about these categories can be found in the Yearbook.


Parents/guardians, or other nominated adults, are expected to be present on the Club premises during all organised Youth activities.  If a parent/guardian is not present, the person in charge of the youth activity must be notified who has responsibility for the child.  At all other times parents/guardians have sole responsibility, as stated in Club Bye-Law 2.7. 

Parents/guardians are responsible at all times for ensuring the suitability and seaworthiness of their children's boat(s) and that their child is suitably dressed for the prevailing conditions.  Suitable buoyancy must be worn at all times.

Classes Sailed

The Youth Section supports activity in the following dinghy classes:

Junior Classes

  • Optimist

  • RS Tera

Youth Classes

  • Int 420

  • Laser 4.7

  • RS Tera Pro

  • RS 200

  • RS Feva

  • Topper

  • 29er

Youth Racing

Youth Racing is very successful with ever growing numbers of young sailors learning to race at HISC.  There are opportunities to progress both at HISC, and also in youth squads to national and international level.  Several young Club members have achieved this.

Junior Sailing

HISC organises a comprehensive programme of fun sailing for children of all ages. 

Youth Training

HISC has a formalised RYA training structure set out in the HISC calendar to take children through Stage 1 to Stage 3. These courses will be run by our resident HISC Instructors. Courses will need to be pre-booked and pre-paid for at the HISC Office.  In addition a number of Volvo funded RYA training days are planned.

The summer half term week provides the first opportunity for many young members to experience an intensive period of sail training. Youth training Week is for older children aged over 8 at beginner or intermediate level. This course is consistantly over subscribed and speedy booking is recommended. Entry details will be announced in the Spring by HISC newsgroup.

Support & Communication

The comprehensive programme of youth sailing and racing could not succeed without the help of parents and other adult helpers, be it as beach masters, safety boat crew, race officers, instructors, etc.  If you have children involved in Youth Sailing we thank you for your support and involvement.

For ongoing updates of Youth sailing and racing events and news at HISC please subscribe to the HISC Yahoo newsgroup and the HISC Facebook pages.

To join the Yahoo Group please follow the instructions here:

There are a number of HISC Facebook pages all start with HISC so are easy to find when searching on Facebook.