Youth Academy

The Burton SC Youth Academy was launched in 2013, to provide an opportunity for the youngsters in the club to further develop their sailing and racing skills. The academy is open to anyone with sailing experience aged from 8 to 16 years old and is run by a team of club volunteers with support from Derbyshire Youth Sailing, the RYA National Race Coaching Team.

Since it's launch, the Youth Academy has become a great social for kids and parents alike, and the team are looking to expand on last year's success, with events away and more training tailored to introduce young sailors to the wider world of sailing, including fleet, team and match racing. Keep an eye on our news feed  for further information.

The main single handed boats sailed at the club are the OptimistLaser Pico, Topper, RS Tera, and for our older youth members, the ILCA (Formerly Laser) Double handed boats include the 420 and the Omega (click on the links to find out more about each type of boat)

Youngsters are also encouraged to try their hand at windsurfing and paddleboarding too. 

Our Youth academy meets regularly throughout the summer on a Friday from around 5pm. Although some of our youngster have their own boats and clothing, club boats and kit are available to hire for a small charge.

Mum's and Dads can get involved too!

We actively encourage parents to get involved with our youth academy sessions, whether it's lighting up the BBQ for a post sailing 'burger', helping with launching and recovery of boats, rigging, or for the more experienced, providing safety cover and coaching on the water (Training provided) your involvement and support will be most welcome!

For further information and to get involved, please contact ether Craig or Phil using the contact details below.

Craig This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 07738 367085
Victoria This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 07825 539311
Malcolm This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 07759 294969
Phil This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 07753 584991

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DYS Training at Burton SC

On 5th March, Burton SC hosted Derbyshire Youth Sailing (DYS) in their final training session in preparation for NSSA Double Handed Team Racing event taking place at Farmoor Reservoir on the 19th March. The training event was led by James Hadden (Swarkestone SC and Team GBR Podium Potential Finn sailor), and Zac Bermon and Michael Marshall from Loughborough University. This training event built upon the learning from the previous training event where the sailors gained experience sailing Firefly dinghies in teams of two boats, and started learning team racing tactics. The second training event combined classroom work on tactics and time on the water putting the theory into practice when under pressure in close racing formation. This allowed the teams to develop their skills and confidence in the Team Racing format, particularly with Zac sailing with a number of the sailors to demonstrate various tactics.

The two teams representing DYS, including Henry Merton from Burton SC Youth Academy are now looking forward to the NSSA event on the 19th March fully prepared for the excitement of Team Racing at a national event.

23rd January - DYS Supported Learning events at Burton SC

Supported Learning events are an opportunity for experienced DYS sailors to coach less experienced sailors in small groups or one-to-one sessions to improve their general sailing and racing skills. The event starts at 09.30am with the intent of being on the water by 10am and we expect to finish no later than 3.30pm (subject to weather). The cost will be £10 per sailor. Further details of the DYS events can be found at

9th January - Season Starter

The plan is for the sailors to meet at 12 noon; choose their boat and be rigged ready to go by 1pm. Given the early end to daylight, we will plan to be off the water by 3pm. This is a first chance of the year for sailors to brush off the cobwebs and remember what the boats feel like.