Felixstowe Ferry Youth Sailing is the youth training section of the Felixstowe Ferry Sailing Club and was set up to teach young people between the ages of 11 and 18 how to sail dinghies in an enjoyable, challenging and yet safe environment.
In 2001 we gained Charitable Status and a year later we also became an RYA Registered Training Establishment. We are formally inspected and certified every year to ensure that our safety, teaching, equipment and procedures are up to the required standards. FFYS meets on Saturday mornings and Wednesday evenings throughout the summer and it’s not unusual for us to have 40-50 students on the water on a Saturday morning.
The main aim of the sessions is to enjoy ourselves on the water, and students learn to sail in a variety of dinghies from Wayfarers and Picos for the beginners to Lasers, 2000s, Buzzes and Dart 16 catamarans for our performance group. Although not essential all our students are encouraged to take formal RYA qualifications, and we cover the full syllabus from Level 1 through to Racing, Seamanship and even Instructor qualifications. For our helpers we also offer powerboat and first-aid training. We’re not a commercial training school (all our helpers and instructors are unpaid volunteers), but we work to the same high standards – many would say higher.
We try to incorporate fun events and variety in our sailing programme, so as well as the coaching sessions we race, play games on the water, and sail up the river for our annual BBQ. The season ends in early November with our special lunch and awards ceremony, where we celebrate the season’s achievements.
To get involved contact our membership secretary Diane Harvey on 01394 282951.
The success of Youth Sailing depends totally on our volunteer instructors and helpers and it takes a lot of effort to run our sailing sessions. Many (though by no means all) have come to us as a consequence of having children who sail with FFYS, and most stay with us long after their own children have moved on, which is a measure of the satisfaction and pleasure they experience in working with our youngsters. In most cases these parents have either honed or learnt the skills and obtained their qualifications with us, many starting with no experience in boats at all. To this end we are always keen to introduce new helpers to our activities and to provide training and courses for them to gain RYA powerboat and sailing qualifications. Some of this training is done during our normal sessions and some is done on Monday evenings during the season. If you are interested in helping then please have a word with us – it’s much more fun than cutting the grass on a Saturday morning!
If you’re interested in joining FFYS then contact our membership secretary Vicki Carter on 07855 955521.
Youth Sailing Calendar