Welcome to Somerset Youth and Community Sailing Association  

Registered Charity Number: 1155063

SAVE SYCSA. In common with many organisations we have almost no income compared with a normal season and though our instructors and other staff are all volunteers our costs, rent, insurance, maintenance, fuel and servicing of the power boats remain much as usual. If you can please visit our Crowd Funding page at Save SYCSA!

Durleigh Sailing Club have prepared procedures that take into account the latest Government and RYA recommendations to provide safe sailing and are currently sailing on Wednesday evening (last day 9th Sept), Racing on Sunday and sailing on Saturday afternoon. It is necessary to book in on their website if you wish to sail or to visit the boatpark.
Even with the new 1 meter plus social distancing it is problematic to sail double handers or teach complete beginners. We are not able to return as a Drop-In club at present, because numbers will have to be managed carefully. We are using as many of our single handers as we can. Joy is emailing out invitations as we have to limit the numbers.
Saturday morning is essentially full.
But we are intending to utilise Saturday afternoons also, again using the single hander boats, Picos and Toppers mainly. Any boat that has been used in the morning will be sanitized with soapy water over the hull, sheets and tiller etc. when the morning session ends so they are clean and dry for the afternoon session. Numbers will be limited as we are extending the opportunity to less advanced sailors who will need more attention. Joy will email out invitations.
We hope to expand our offering as soon as we can. Watch this space!

Welcome to SYCSA, here you will find useful information about the courses we offer, news about what we are doing and something about who we are as a local and friendly association based at Durleigh Reservoir near Bridgwater in Somerset. Please have a look at what we can offer.

Who we are – we are a volunteer led association and a Royal Yachting Association (RYA) teaching establishment with both Championship and Sailability Foundation status. We give up our time and energy to deliver courses and sessions for the adults and children. We are a charitable incorporated organisation and we are non-profit making.

What we do –  we pride ourselves on youth development and recreation incorporating sailing skills. This can hopefully lead to an individual realising their potential in order for them to live healthy and fulfilling lives. We also offer courses for adults. We do this for people mainly in Somerset but not exclusively. We teach sailing according to the RYA National Sailing schemes for adults and youths.

Ages and abilities – we can cater for all ages from six to over seventy including both abled and disabled bodies. Our Sailability status recognises that we can offer opportunities to try and progress in dinghy sailing to those with disabilities.

Notes on the website: if you were expecting to access commonly shared files such as dinghy rigging manuals or other documentation, these have been moved to Google Drive. Please ask a committee member for access.  You will need to register with google for a relevant account to access the features.

Here are a few photos of SYCSA in action.


Need to see more? Please have a look at the movie, which explains some of the work of both SYCSA and Durleigh Sailing Club.