South West Youth Sailing Academy

The South West Youth Sailing Academy (SWYSA) is a not for profit community group and has now completed its second successful winter of junior training. The children had come together from local sailing clubs including Paignton Sailing Club, Royal Dart Yacht Club, Teign Corinthian Yacht Club, Stoke Gabriel Boating Association, Royal Torbay Yacht Club and Salcombe Yacht Club.

The group focusses on providing intermediate level training for those wishing to train over the winter but don’t have the equipment, funding or transport available to join in with the existing squad structure.

The group has received a lot of support from local clubs and there are plans to expand the offering for next winter, again with the support of the Andrew Simpson Sailing Foundation



What was the money for?

In 2015, this grant allowed 30 children aged 7-13 years to access race training development in Teras and Toppers. The grant was specifically for those who do not have access to their own boats. The children were able to train together in their Tera and Topper dinghies under Head Coach, Tim Anderton from the Andrew Simpson Sailing Foundation and a team of class specific Race Coaches.
In 2016, this grants allowed a further 54 children to participate in this race training programme.

Grant awarded

£8,400 2 year

What were the results?

Their knowledge, understanding and experience has increased significantly, as has their confidence on the water. These motivated young sailors can now return to their club racing and a full summer of open events to practice these new skills on the water. 4 young people from this project have been selected for the RS Tera Class Association National Squads.