Youth Sailing

Parkstone Yacht Club has a large youth fleet with approximately 300 members, comprising of sailors from age 6 (and under) up to the age of 21.There are in excess of 200 youth dinghies at the Club - the main boats sailed being: ABs, Optimists, Toppers,  Laser 4.7s, Laser Radials, RSFevas. There are also youths sailing 420s and RS200s.  To sail regularly at Parkstone YC, young members need to be registered as Sailing Youth Members with membership.

We aim to excite all our young people with the fun of sailing and then to allow them to develop their skills through structured training and racing within their fleets. The club is an approved RYA Training Centre.


All the Youth Classes have an active racing programme throughout the year. In the summer months (April - September inclusive) the youth classes race on Sunday mornings. From October to December the Toppers, ABs, RSFevas and Optimists race on Saturday afternoons whilst the Lasers race with the adults on Sunday mornings. For the most competitive, the Toppers, Lasers and Optimists open the door to regional, national and international regattas along with access for the successful to join RYA squads.

What happens when

For information on when the youth fleets sail please look at our Guide to Youth Sailing Times

For more information contact the youth class captains:
RS Youths
Laser Youth Fleet

How do I book a boat in to the yard and join a youth fleet ?

For the main seasn (mid September until end of September) boats can be booked in via webcollect. Online Youth Boat Yard Storage Booking System
For the winter season (October - December inclusive) the Topper, RS Youth and AB classes race on a Saturday afternoon. The Optimist class train on several weekends. Boats can be booked in to the yard, but there is an expectation that chidren will sail regularly at the club if the boat is kept in the yard.

Further Coaching

The Classes have training/coaching events. Please contact the classes for more details

Club's Operating Procedures

Parkstone Yacht Club's Youth Week

The highlight of the year for our younger members is Parkstone's Youth Week. See the Youth Week page for more details.

Social events

On the lighter side the Youth Section enjoy picnic races, BBQ's, camping weekends, etc.

Parkstone YC Youth Coordinator: Simon Cox

RYA Accreditations

RYA Training Centre