We have received the information below from NSSA regarding bursaries available for the forthcoming NSSA regatta at Weymouth. Please contact the Commodore (Sarah) or Team Manager (Brian) if you would like to apply or discuss this in confidence.
The National School Sailing Association are pleased to be able to offer a limited number of bursaries to assist deserving youngsters who due to financial circumstances would not normally be able to take part in the NSSA National Youth Regatta at Weymouth this year.
We have two different ways to help youngsters:
- Laser Performance will be providing six z420 dinghies to be used in the Mount Haes event this year, and as the boats will be on site throughout the week, Laser Performance have agreed that these boats may be used during the week for a limited number of sailors who would not otherwise have a boat to sail at the NYR.
- If sailors are not able to pay the fees required for attendance at the event, they may also apply for a bursary to include the entry fee, camping, and meals on the event designated campsite.
Applications must be received by Friday 14th June. Nominations for bursaries will be considered by the NSSA Executive Committee and Team Managers will be informed by Friday 21st June.
Things did not look hopeful on Saturday; a thick mist hung over the reservoir as the keen sailors rigged. However, exactly as Bough Beech’s Rear Commodore, Guy Marks, promised the fog lifted and light winds and sunny conditions made for a perfect day on the water.
Lead coach, Gemma Gibson, had the laser fleet practising their roll tacking, trying to build their confidence in bringing the boat fully to leaward before reaching upward and flattening out; ensuring that momentum through the water is maintained.
Toppers and Teras were in the capable hands of Elliot and Stan where the focus was on improving their boat handling skills and reading a start line for a port or starboard bias to know which is the best end to start.
Michael coached a mixed fleet of double handers, including a RS200, Feva, 420 and 405 who managed trapeze and fly their kites in the small bits of breeze they found.
Whilst the sailors made the most of the light breeze many parents enjoyed watching the sailing in the incredible February sunshine from the club balcony.
Thanks to Pierce (Team Captain) for announcing the sponsorship deal he has managed to arrange with Rooster.
Look forward to seeing everyone at the last of our winter training sessions on the river at Medway YC on 23rd March.
More pictures in the gallery
You can now pay for KSSA event entries and membership using PayPal. Just select PayPal as the payment method during the checkout process.
You can use most debit and credit cards. Please note, you don’t need a PayPal account to do this.
We encourage all members to pre-enter for events as this helps with event organisation and safety cover. It is also cheaper than entering on the day. We also encourage our sailors to pay online at the same time that they pre-enter as this helps with admin at the Registration desk on the day of the event. We will refund entry fees if you are unable to attend an event. For full details please see our Refund Policy
The Kent Schools Sailing Association (KSSA) was delighted to receive British Youth Sailing (BYS) Recognised Club status from the RYA at a presentation at Chipstead Sailing Club on 8 December.
The BYS Recognised Clubs initiative is part of a new RYA scheme celebrating excellence in developing sailing stars of the future. It sees the RYA working alongside sailing clubs around the country to promote grassroots sailing and support junior and youth sailors as they develop racing skills.
Helen Hoffman, chair of the RYA London and South East regional team, presented the award. She said: “This award by the RYA is a recognition of KSSA’s continued commitment to encourage youth dinghy racing and support young people with the opportunity to enter local, regional and national level race events. Thanks must go to the KSSA committee, volunteer team and the support of parents for their continued dedication in helping young people in the sport.”
KSSA commodore Sarah White responded: “I’m delighted to receive the award and pleased KSSA is able to work so closely with the RYA. I feel KSSA provides an important stepping stone on a young sailors’ ladder as they progress from club racing to the open circuit and we provide local racing opportunities for those sailors who travel the country for Squad coaching and National competitions.
“As we are seeing an increasing number of sailors joining our events with parents who are new to sailing we aim to provide friendly events where both sailors and their parents can gain help, encouragement and advice.”
KSSA, which started in the early 1960s “to promote youth sailing in Kent”, currently has 140 members between the ages of 8 and 18 years. Whilst schools still bring their sailors, most members are independent sailors from clubs who wish to train and compete at regattas on the reservoirs, rivers and sea venues that Kent is able to offer. There are monthly training sessions and regattas throughout the year at host clubs across Kent with the help of a hard-working and dedicated committee.
Sarah adds: “KSSA won the National Schools Sailing Association Regatta each year from 2013 to 2017. In the past KSSA sailors have gone on to be Olympic sailors and coaches. As part of our newly awarded status we train our members and encourage them to participate in the BYS Regional Championships and take advantage of RYA Youth Squads.”
Chris Atherton, the RYA’s senior high performance manager, says: “The key challenge for our sport is to encourage more young people to start participating in sailing and progress into racing. This is best done at club level and a successful junior and youth training and racing programme will enable a club to flourish.
“The BYS Recognised Club status distinguishes those sailing clubs with a commitment to the development of junior and youth racing and race training, which is delivered in a safe and fun environment.”
Find out more about KSSA here
Find out more about BYS here
The KSSA Committee are delighted to announce that our new website is now live at kssa.co.uk
The new look site is easy to navigate and will act as the KSSA’s Clubhouse for members and anyone wishing to find out more about the activities and opportunities the KSSA offers to young sailors in Kent.
Information relating to training events and regattas is easy to find. The new site incorporates an online membership and events entry system. You can now join KSSA, manage subscriptions, enter events and pay online if you wish.
As before, please continue to pre-enter for KSSA events as this helps the Committee organise coaches and safety cover. Pre-entry is not a commitment to attend. It will still be possible to enter/pay on the day, but if you choose the convenience of online pre-payment, refunds for non-attendance are possible (see Refund Policy).
Existing KSSA members will be sent an email soon with details of how to set up their online membership.
As the KSSA does not have a fixed venue or clubhouse the website is where you will find information about who we are and what we do. Results of our regattas and trophy winners can be found, together with reports and photos from our events.
Our ethos, To Promote Youth Sailing in Kent, underpins all that we do. As an RYA affiliated Club and RYA British Youth Recognised Club we work closely with the RYA to encourage all youth sailors, from novice to national squad standard, develop their skills and love of their sport through our training events, regattas supported by RYA recognised coaches and our own KSSA instructors.
Find out more about our events planned for 2019 at https://kssa.co.uk (If you have an existing KSSA bookmark/shortcut you will need to update it using this link).
Contact the committee via the Contact Us tab or pre-enter and join us at one of our events in the new year.
The photo says it all. Our 46 keen sailors who came to the third training session in the Autumn series were met by a strong 20 knot breeze with some very challenging gusts and steady drizzle.
After a quick brief by lead coach Gemma Gibson all ventured onto the water. Even the most experienced were met by challenging conditions and some very strong blasts of wind down the lake which eventually caught most of the fleets out with many capsizes. Everyone landed for an early lunch and warm up. Alex Head described the sailing as ‘survival rather than training’, a feeling echoed by most sailors.
Gemma and her team of DIs, Tara, Elliot and Sam, lead an afternoon of land-based activities based on starting and mark rounding preparation.
It was great to welcome 13 sailors from Kings School to our training and we hope to see more of them in 2019.
The day began with a number of our sailors receiving bursary and coaching awards from Tony Rowe of the RYA Committee who continue to support the sailors and activities of the KSSA.
Training was followed by our AGM. Thanks to all who were able to stay to support this. Youth Team Captains were announced as Pierce, Abbie and Evie who will be at events to act as mentors and support our younger sailors in 2019.
Well, it’s been a great week and the KSSA sailors have done us proud: 1st in the Laser Radial, 1st in the Rookie Fleet, 1st in the Fast Handicap, 3rd in the Laser 4.7, 4th in the Medium Handicap, 5th in the Slow Handicap and some good results in the Topper Fleet too. Pierce and Imogen came second in the Mount Haes, and as team captains led by example with some amazing sailing and impeccable sportsmanship. A 5th successive team award was not to be this year. But looking at the new talent in the ranks, there is a very good chance that we will be bringing it back from Weymouth next year.
I would just like to add to Simon’s words above, thanking all the young sailors for making our team management job so easy with regard to behaviour on and off the water.
We had a few challenging moments, which were out of our control during the week, but all remained professional and in control. (Although I did have moment on Thursday when I stormed out the race office ?).
We would like to thank Sarah Cage- White for the admin. behind the scenes prior to the event. During the regatta, I had a strong team of helpers backing me up and apologise now if I miss you out!
Simon Herrington has been by my side quietly getting on with it when I was getting hot under collar. Dale Windrige for being team bosun (Wednesday waiting for transom parts coming by courier from RS and fixing the boat within an hour of arrival, great job). Andrew Baker as our representative on the race organisering team, doing a fine job in difficult conditions.
Helen Sharp for managing launch & recovery trolley logistics (my trolley dolly?). Deb & Karen for handling the lunches and sweet talking the catering team to get the inside line. The Chipstead Sailing Club cheerleaders: Sarah, Gitte and Claire keeping sprits up throughout! And many thanks to all the Kent safety boat teams: Simon, Dale, Big Tim, Little Tim, Paul, Dean, Helen & Noel.
Hopefully see you all at the next KSSA Event,
Well done everyone.
Kent Team Management
On Saturday 1st July , boats , cars laden with camping gear arrived early in the morning at Bough Beech Sailing Club for the 2017 sailing, training and camping weekend.
There was a 4 race series on Saturday with 23 boats on the water. We had the KSSA Superstars , the soon- to -be superstars and the novices who will one day be our top KSSA sailors!
The aim was to have plenty of lake practice before the Nationals at Grafham. The conditions were ideal for this, with variable, shifty winds all day!! Boats racing along at one end of the lake and other boats nearly becalmed at the other. The Race Officer Jon Hill did a great job in frequently changing wind directions. The results show how close the racing was in the laser radial fleet and the Toppers. Coaches Dannie and Elliott Marks encouraged the tail Enders. Stan Chick was the overall winner!
Camping was in a huge field of freshly cut grass and right next to the Clubhouse.Insect spray was essential. Everyone slept really well but many missed the incredibly noisy dawn chorus from the flock of waterfowl at the foot of the field on the lakeside.
Sunday was an early start, with breakfast in the clubhouse.
Andy Kerr was the lead coach for the day, and based his coaching skills on what the sailors had requested from the debrief session after the Saturday racing. The focus was on wind shifts, making a good line for the next buoy and concentrating for long periods!!! 4 more boats joined in the coaching.
Ollie Cage White and Elliott Marks each ran a coaching group of boats on the water, whilst Steve Mitchell and Brian Munford coached the youngest sailors. Everyone made really good progress. ……..lots more shifty wind, both in strength and direction.
After Pasta Bolognaise in the clubhouse, we then held the Allcomers Race for the Littlefield Memorial trophy. BB Club boats also joined in so it was a large and fast moving fleet at times, but with more shifting winds it really tested everyone!
Pierce Seward was first KSSA boat, and Stan Chick 2 nd. Heather Denbigh 3 rd.
we finished in brilliant sunshine. Money raised for the Air Ambulance was by donations put into the collecting box in the Clubhouse.
The Bough Beech members were good hosts. The catering by Tracey and Mark was extremely well organised and the quality of the food was high. Jon Hill, Guy Marks and Deb marks did a great job throughout the weekend.
Thankyou Tim and Tim for being Beachmasters so effectively. Thankyou the Broadstairs gang…Tim S for organising the KSSA a side of patrol boats on the water, Sam Chick, Dale Windridge and Paul Hirst for the many hours you all helped on and off the water.Thankyou Sarah White for the very slick registration and Deb Thomas for organising the Allcomers race and the final priZegiving Well done to all the parents for the little things you did to help make this a very positive weekend and a great
It was a chilly February day at Bough Beech with strong winds and a clear blue sky.
The Oppies and Teras were excitable. They built on their heavy wind knowledge and made positive steps to mastering this on a course.
The other groups, the Toppers/Tera, Lasers/Aero and Double Handers started the morning focused on the first upwind leg and making the correct decisions a windward mark.
After a well-earned lunch, the groups diverged.
The Toppers/Tera focused on speed in heavy winds, avoiding the No Go Zone and depowering the boat.
The Lasers/Aero took to the water with an intense tacking session, this was followed by gutbusters, they will sleep well tonight.
The Double Handers targeted their downwind speed. A true test of spinnaker skill in testing conditions.
There were even some unplanned capsizing and some inversions. A great day of learning for all!