The Junior Committee (JC) members are Full Members normally aged 12 (year 8) and over who have volunteered to take responsibility for running the Club. This is a big commitment but an important one. Children learn best when copying other sailors so these committee members are the best people to help young skippers to learn and enjoy sailing.
Each club session has a Junior Committee member on duty who will help budding sailors with any questions, take them for rides in Scows, show them how to rig the boats or help them learn to sail other boats.
Most of the Junior Committee members learned to sail at Salterns themselves and have been members since they were 6 or 7 or even came here as babies with their older siblings so know just what a child will need to help them progress. Many of the Junior Committee take their sailing outside Salterns and participate in local and national events. Between them they have enormous talent and a wealth of information. Please do ask!
Who are the Junior Committee in 2019?
Commodore: Freya Baddeley
Vice Commodores: Violet Edwards and Jack Mans
Rear Commodores Sailing: Ollie Baddeley and Sammy Griffiths
Junior Committee Members: Albert Barber, Madelaine Curry, Marcus Edwards, Ella Lightbody, Emily McStay, Lola Mourdant, Olivia Russell, Harry Stembridge, Jack Stewart, Anna Tunney, Tom Wharmby.
Anyone wishing to join the JC should speak to one of the Junior Committee first to find out what it is about and then contact the Junior Liaison Officer to ask for a form to fill in. This needs to be returned by end of October each year. There is a limit to the number who can be on the JC and the minimum age is normally 12 (year 8).
Optimist sailing at Salterns
The optimist is a single-handed dinghy for children, both girls and boys, up to the age of 15. It is sailed in countries around the world, in local flotillas and sailing clubs. It is a great boat in which to learn to sail - and it is also the boat many top class sailors have started in (including Ben Ainslie).
As boys and girls become more skilful, many will learn to race in local regattas, then national events. For those that become very good, there is even a World Championship each year.
As the optimist is so popular, it is easy to buy a second–hand one for a good price and it will keep its value. Whether you start sailing in an optimist or another type of dinghy, sailing is a great sport of children. It not only teaches them a new skill but it also fosters independence, self-respect, resilience, communication and organisation skills. Most importantly it is fun and many friendships that are made in optimists are friends for life.
The International Optimist Class Association in the UK (IOCA UK) actively supports local optimist flotillas up and down the country encouraging local training and regattas and supporting parents and sailors at all points on their optimist journey.
Optimists in Lymington
Salterns Sailing Club provides the start of the optimist journey in Lymington, Hampshire. Children may join the GPR Optimist 'Bronze Fleet' at Salterns once they have acheived their Salterns Red Pennant. Here they will learn the fundamentals of racing in the safe yet challenging environment of Eight Acre Pond.
Salterns Bronze Fleet sailors are encouraged to join IOCA UK, they may then choose to participate in local regattas.
Over winter, some optimist sailors continue their training at Pre RYA Zone Training at Spinnaker Sailing Club.
After Bronze Fleet, most optimist sailors progress to the Regatta Fleet and Main Fleet at Royal Lymington Yacht Club, sailing out in the Solent on a regular basis (many also still sailing for fun at Salterns too!)
As children progress many choose to compete for places in the RYA Squad programme. Squads offer eligible young sailors an opportunity to develop skills further.