Junior/Youth Section

Donaghadee Sailing Club have ‘the best’ Junior/Youth Section out there! 

They are definitely an active part of the Club. Always having fun either on or off the water

Many of our Junior members start their sailing journey at the ever popular Friday Bright Nights Sailing, now re-branded and called RYA OnBoard . Here, they come to try something new and end up catching the sailing bug! They go on to join the club, take a few courses, buy/rent a sailing dinghy and go club sailing during the summer, and some even keep going and compete in the ‘Cold Finger’ series over the winter months!

Our Juniors are an active part of the club

Some of the things our Juniors are involved in:

They organise a very popular Junior Regatta for themselves (helped by the odd adult!)
Run a tuck shop for Friday nights
Assist with the Club BBQ events
Assist with safety boat cover
Help run sailing events

Become Ai’s(assistant sailing instructors), and are encouraged to progress and train others.
Organise fundraising quizzes
Organise Junior trips – Ulster Rugby, Ganaway Activity Centre, Let’s Go Hydro, The Giants Ice-hockey amongst other things – obviously subject to current restrictions and guidance!

There is an active Junior Committee at Donaghadee Sailing Club, with responsibility and a proven track record for both sailing and junior social events throughout the year. Abbie Brown is the Junior Commodore assisted by Junior Vice Commodore Caitlin Eadie and 12 Junior committee members. Our Junior committee have a voice and feed into the regular General Committee on a monthly basis with ideas they would like to progress.

They supervise a ‘Kids Only’ entertainment area in the Balcony room on a Friday night during the summer months for playing Wii & watching DVD’s etc.

The juniors make up the majority of the sailing fleet for regular Wednesday and Sunday club sailing.

Several of the RYA NI Youth Performance Programme Squads are represented by young Donaghadee sailors – both in Topper 4.2 and Full rig and Laser 4.7 Fleets.