Junior sailing at ESC
There is a comprehensive programme of junior training at the club, covering the full range of RYA courses. For our beginners, we offer the Millpond Martlets on the waters of the Emsworth Millpond. Young people at the club are able to combine participating in the more formal training with participating in the children's sailing events to build their time on the water. An illustrative pathway [attached to this webpage] shows how many of our young people progress through training, informal events and racing.
In recent years, Emsworth has hosted the Two Harbours winter training squad, allowing more advanced winter training for clubs from across the area.
Children's sailing events
Providing opportunities for young people to enjoy time on the water is at the heart of our junior sailing at Emsworth.
COW (Children on Water) week. Our flagship children's sailing week held every summer, with the aim of bringing junior sailors of all ages together to consolidate their sailing skills, boost confidence, explore the estuary and have a huge amount of fun!
Time on the tide. A series of events over the course of the year, aimed at those children that want to have fun on the water but are not ready or interested in the racing structure.
Family Friday Evenings. Evening sailing and a social gathering for families and juniors when the tide is right on Friday evenings in the summer.
In addition to the main events, we also hold an annual trip down-harbour to East Head, a watersports day and a swimming regatta.
ESC Junior Racing
We have a range of junior racing events and series through the year at the club.
Junior challenger series. A series of races through the year for slightly more experienced junior racers.
Junior racing days. One-off racing events open to all juniors. These include the Bailey Cup, with a cup that has been awarded annually for decades, the Tera Open, and our joint Junior regatta with Emsworth Slipper in July. We also hold the Townsend Cup annually, based on an all-round test of sailing and seamanship.
Relevant club racing events
Our older and more experienced juniors participate in the full range of club races. In addition, a number of the club racing series are particularly appropriate to and welcoming of junior participation:
Short harbour. These races are run on the same day as the main club races, on a much shorter course that is closer to the club. These are a great opportunity for developing juniors to start getting an experience of racing.
Blois Johnson. These club races are held on summer evenings. As these tend to be shorter races than the normal club races, they can be more suitable for juniors.
The Aldora Vase. This Emsworth Cup has had many guises over the decades, and is currently run as short racing in front of the club round inflatable marks, designed as an introduction to racing.
The Coronation Cup and the Coronation Mug. These races are open to families racing in the same boat.
The Emsworth Oyster. The only qualification for this race is that the total age of the crew in the boat must exceed 100 years!