This years New racers event was held at Redoubt sc in perfect conditions, with brite sunshine and an increasing breeze. 26 sailors took to the water from across Kent, 4 races were sailed with on the water instructors and coaches giving direction throughout. All sailors were given an explanation of the basic rules of sailing and […]
It gives the Kent (high performance) team managers Mark Breare, Tim Seward and Sam Chick huge pleasure in reporting that the Kent team have won a fourth consecutive team trophy at the NSSA annual regatta. Sustaining consistent interest in great success is often hard however please think back to our huge excitement in Deal when […]
The KSSA Annual Regatta at the Downs Sailing Club, Deal saw 51 boats from all over the South East on the water, in northerly winds with sunshine. The largest fleet as ever were Toppers, but there were Fevas, Lasers, Radials, 29er, RS200s and Optimists. There were two races scheduled for the morning and two for the […]
In December 2017 we received the Double Handed Maidstone Coaching Award and on the 25th February we arranged for coach Richard Sherindan to come to Redoubt Sailing Club for the day. The wind was around 15-20 knots with some big gusts and was perfect for focussing on our high wind spinnaker work, although it was very […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
History and Deed of Gift: Donated by former Chairman of KCC Paddy Nesham – President KSSA.Special endeavour and progress during the year. To be presented by the Chairman of KCC at the Annual KSSA Regatta.
History and Deed of Gift: This trophy will be awarded to the winner of the racing series consisting of all races sailed at the nominated KSSA events. Results will be attributed to the helm / crew not the boat. Discards at a rate of 25% (rounded down) of the races sailed.
History and Deed of Gift: Presented to the winner of the memorial race sailed at the Summer Training and Regatta.
History and Deed of Gift: Presented by the Burgess Family for the Summer Training and Regatta.
History and Deed of Gift: RCPYC gift – Given to the winner of the opening event of the KSSA season
History and Deed of Gift: Presented at the New Racers Regatta for the best performance by a sailor in their second year of racing.
History and Deed of Gift: Presented by the Chesworth Family in 1998. Presented at the New Racers Regatta for the best performance by a sailor in their first year of racing.
History and Deed of Gift: Winning team at the Topper Team Racing event
History and Deed of Gift: Originally presented by Borough of Deal for the Mirror Class and more latterly the Laser Class at the KSSA Regatta
History and Deed of Gift: Presented by Jackie and Eric Brown – ex Cranbrook Sailing Staff for 1st sailor not receiving other trophies and sailing a school, club or centre owned boat
History and Deed of Gift: Presented in 1992 for U14 Helm – Crew.
History and Deed of Gift: Presented by Thanet Schools Sailing Association for an All Comers Race. Latterly awarded to the winner of the Double-handed handicap class
History and Deed of Gift: Made by Ernie Large for competition between sailors in their first year of competition.
History and Deed of Gift: First Girl helm (or crew) at the annual KSSA Regatta.
History and Deed of Gift: Presented at the formation of the Association – Singlehanded Handicap class
History and Deed of Gift: Donated by Alan Steed – Past R. Commodore KSSA First Topper – Singlehanded class.
History and Deed of Gift: Recently used for the Inter School Team Award at the Annual Regatta.
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
Entry is now open for the Kent Team (KSSA) for the NSSA National Youth Regatta at Weymouth. Please click here to go to the event page for further information and to download the application form. Please note, all entries and payments need to be be received by Sunday 2nd June.
A couple of our younger RS Tera sailors did well travelling to this event. See the Yachts and Yachting report written by Charlotte.
More pics in the gallery The Topper Team Racing was held at Westbere Lake near Canterbury this year with a forecast of sun and a light NW breeze. Seven teams came from across the county with ambitions of taking the Shield home and representing KSSA at the NSSA Team Racing finals. As is nearly always […]
By Jon Bentman Fresh winds, gusting 17-19 knots, challenged the 13 youth sailors at the Kent Schools Sailing Association New Racers regatta at Margate YC on June 15. However, with a flattish sea, radiating a sparkling Mediterranean blue in the warm bright sunshine, it proved perfect conditions for an exciting sail. Sailing five races, with […]
No less than 358 superb photos from last weekends mid-summer training and regatta have been uploaded to the gallery. Our grateful thanks to Jonathan Bentman who spent the weekend on various ribs and boats with his camera. Watch out for his forthcoming Yachts and Yachting report,⛵️
Read the Yachts and Yachting report here
The RYA British Youth Racing department are hosting this year’s London & South East Regional Junior Championships on the 28th & 29th September at Datchet water Sailing Club. This is a great opportunity for any of our KSSA sailors to take part. The event will be running three fleets, Championship Fleet, Coached Regatta Fleet and OnBoard […]
Read the Yachts and Yachting report here
Join us for our Autumn training events. Race coaching for all levels at the following venues/dates: 12 October – Broadstairs Sailing Club2 November – Wilsonian Sailing Club30 November – Chipstead Sailing Club Pre-entry for the Broadstairs event is open now. Further information on the event pages
Beyond the call of duty or what? He says it messed his camera up a bit but it all looks brilliant to me. In the Gallery, you will find a large new batch of photos taken during our training day at Broadstairs SC on Saturday. Look beyond the seaweed and the gloomy weather at the […]
Regrettably the weather forecast for tomorrow is not showing any sign of improving. The organisers have therefore taken the difficult decision to cancel the KSSA training event. We do not wish for people to make considerable effort to travel with boats in potentially hazardous weather conditions only to not be able to sail.All entry fees […]
The KSSA’s 2019 AGM is to be held on Saturday 30th November at Chipstead Sailing Club after completion of the training day. Approximate start time is 4PM.Minutes of last years AGM can be downloaded by clicking here
Dispute the chill and light airs, it didn’t stop a great day at Chipstead on Saturday. Once the fog had burned off, 36 sailors took to the water in a variety of boats ranging from Oppies through to an RS200. The KSSA AGM and presentations took place afterwards in the club house. Some more great […]
Frank Catt – much loved and respected life long member of KSSA & Downs Sailing Club has sadly lost his battle against cancer, passing away Monday 2nd December 2019.His funeral will be held at Barham Crematorium at 11.20hrs on the 19th December 2019.Our thoughts go out to his family – Jenny, Nikki & Chris – […]
The 2020 NSSA Double Handed Team Racing Championship will be hosted by Oxford Sail Training Trust (OSTT) at Farmoor Reservoir, Oxford, OX2 9NS on Saturday 21st March 2020. Racing will be in fleets of fireflies, which are provided by the organisers. Teams of two double handed boats means that you only need four sailors to […]
The new season started with a well-attended first training day, at Dover Sea Sports. Some 36 sailors in 33 boats took part, ably coached by KSSA’s own double act Stan & Olly, assisted by Mark Thomas and Pierce Seward.Although the thermometer hung around the 5ºC mark, the light winds meant it didn’t become bitter, and […]
KSSA captains Abbey Mumford and Evie Herrington are stepping up their sailing. After sailing an RS Feva XL in 2018 they moved up to a 420 in 2019 and bravely competed for the first time in the 420 world championships (quite a step up from the regular KSSA events!), then went on to beat the […]
This weekend we attended the Tiger Trophy at Rutland Water, this was in aid off the John Merricks trust. We were also joined but Sam and Michael Dyer who are both Ex KSSA sailors, sailing a 29er. On Saturday it was planned to go out and complete 3 races. However due to the forecast they […]
No sailing this weekend, but we have still been on the road to attend the RYA youth physical profiling and the university of Chichester. Not as fun as sailing but looking at the forecast this weekend probably a better thing. We were tested on strength, agility, cardiovascular and endurance performance.We now have a break until […]
Most people like to relax over their February half term or maybe get ahead with schoolwork. Not us sailors however, we like to spend as much time as possible sailing, no matter how cold the water is! This is why I – along with another KSSA sailor, Zoe – headed down to the UKSA in […]
This weekend while the rest of our KSSA friends were at Bough Beech, Abbey and I were at Rutland Sailing Club for a 420 training weekend in preparation for the start of the championship series starting next weekend. The forecast for this weekend was very breezy with strong gusts – and it didn’t disappoint! The […]
The KSSA Committee are very sorry to announce that we will need to cancel this Saturday’s training at Wilsonian SC.We have not taken this decision lightly but need to comply with the Government’s recommendations for non-essential travel and limiting contact with others. Our decision is in line with a number of other youth organisations, including […]
Last weekend (March 14-15) Abbey and I attended the 420 Inland Championships at Rutland Sailing Club and competed in seven races over the two days. On Saturday we completed four races in medium winds with a few gusts. It was a mixed bag with very unpredictable shifts. Sometimes our decisions were right and sometimes we […]
Back in February, KSSA Fleet Captain Charlie Baker decided on attending an RYA Dinghy Instructor course. We pick up the second part of his story as Charlie faces the reality of sailing in the Solent in mid-winter…
OKAY… because of lockdown we can’t go sailing, but we can go virtual sailing! You probably saw the demonstration races (with top sailors) that the RYA put on a week ago. Well now it’s your turn! We can have KSSA virtual regattas!These are being organised by Mark Thomas, with a weekly KSSA Virtual Race every […]
Further to the situation regards Covid-19 and the national lockdown, the KSSA 2020 sailing programme is understandably in a state of suspension. Reference our next scheduled regattas here is the latest position on those: All Girls Training, April 18 It is with great disappointment that we will have to postpone the All Girls Training event […]
The first-ever virtual KSSA regatta took place on Saturday (April 11). There was a good turnout for the first event with a total of 12 KSSA sailors (and the odd ex-KSSA sailor to mix things up). Racing was close and there had clearly been some practicing as all boats were around the first mark within […]
Thanks to everyone who took part in the racing yesterday as always it was very tight. We had a few difficulties at the beginning with people joining but I believe everyone who took part thoroughly enjoyed it and are honing their tactical skills. Abbey Mumford (‘Ab’) took the overall win with LAserB and Izzisawesome closing […]
An Update on KSSA Events 2020: Virtual Regatta: Saturday 16th May 1 pmPierce Seward will be continuing with the KSSA Virtual Regattas on Saturdays. If you haven’t already joined in with these competitive online races and would like more information please get in touch: email@example.com Topper Team Racing: 6th June 2020The event at Westbere has been cancelled […]
Sadly, as a result of the ongoing situation with Covid 19, the NSSA has made the decision to postpone this year’s 2020 NSSA Annual Regatta at the Mount Batten Centre in Plymouth until 2021. Further up to date information and announcements on events from the NSSA can be found on their Facebook page rather than […]
Due to the ongoing situation with Covid 19 the KSSA will be unable to hold our annual Summer Regatta which was due to be held at the Medway Yacht Club on July 4-5.Looking ahead to the Autumn Regatta and training series the KSSA committee is keeping an open mind and staying hopeful. Many clubs are […]
KSSA are delighted to announce that we will be back on the water and training this Autumn. ‘Expression of interest’ in joining Autumn Training 1 is now open. This will take place at Broadstairs Sailing Club on Saturday 17th October. The KSSA committee have been working hard to try to restart our training programme. Working closely […]