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YOTAS

Overview

The club's children's section, YOTAS (Youth on The Alde Sailing) has consistently encouraged local children to try sailing, by providing a system of Sponsored Juniors. Any child, aged 10-15, from a non-sailing family may apply to join the club for a nominal charge of 10. A club member, acting as Sponsor, takes responsibility for that child's safety and welfare whilst sailing or on club premises. The children of club members are also eligible to join and are the backbone of our YOTAS section.

We have a small fleet of Toppers (single-handed boats) together with larger sailing dinghies which can hold an instructor and students. We also have buoyancy aids for the children to use.

YOTAS take to the water, under RYA instruction, every Tuesday afternoon during the school term throughout the sailing season, working for their stage 1-3 certificates. Many club members volunteer their time to help both on and off the water. Junior sailors are the life blood of the club and its future; YOTAS was founded by club members who believed in encouraging the youngest members to sail through fun, safe, learning activities.

Sailing is an exciting and challenging outdoor activity which can provide a real sense of achievement, giving the child self confidence and even a lifelong interest in the sport. Sponsored Juniors have used sailing as one of their achievements for their Duke of Edinburgh award scheme.

We also work with youth groups, Aldeburgh Primary School and the Leiston Middle School, to raise awareness of sailing as a sport and to offer interested children the chance to experience a new and challenging sport under safe supervision, with skilled instruction.

Because of our club's committment to teaching children from all backgrounds to sail, and the facilities we provide, we have been accepted into the RYA OnBoard Scheme. This gives us access to various benefits, including grants for volunteer development and training.

Our YOTAS group has become quite well known throughout the area and in previous years our children have been invited to Heveningham Hall Country Fair to demonstrate their newly acquired sailing skills on the large lake in the grounds. This is a mammoth logistical exercise with the transportation of boats, personnel, equipment and food. Last year about 8,000 visitors attended the Fair and many of them came to watch our children in action. Some took up the offer of being taken out for a sail on the lake. Apart from a great day out we raised funds for the club and attracted potential new members to SSC.

Please see the Sailing Club Programme, either in the yearbook or online here, for dates of the YOTAS training this year. Further details from the Training Centre Principal via the club contacts page.