Welcome to Somerset Youth and Community Sailing Association  

Registered Charity Number: 1155063

SAVE SYCSA. Thank you to the 79 of you who contributed so generously to our CrowdFunder appeal raising £11,027 plus hopefully about £830 in Gift Aid. We have restarted this year and hopefully everything is looking  much better.

For current pictures please see our Facebook page

The reservoir is now open. The club house will only be open for use of the Toilets and First aid and you are asked to arrive already changed or change in your car.

Durleigh Sailing Club have prepared procedures that take into account the latest Government and RYA recommendations to provide safe sailing. They currently offer sailing and racing on Sundays and Wednesday evenings  and Sailing on Saturday afternoons.

It is necessary to book in on their website( DSC booking page ) if you wish to sail or to visit the boatpark OR if you attend a SYCSA event you must all book as you arrive and be entered on SYCSA’s attendance register.

SYCSA Saturday Club is up and running and we ran an successfull Adult trial sail 1st May

CORONAVIRUS TESTS.The government is currently providing free lateral flow tests for the coronavirus. You can pick them up from a chemist or order online at https://www.gov.uk/order-coronavirus-rapid-lateral-flow-tests . Older children and teachers are already using these tests. Most of our volunteers are already testing themselves and we suggest that it would be wise for all our adult students to also do so. This is in addition to the social distancing rules and any mask wearing that may be advised.

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.
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 as required. Numbers will be limited as we are extending the opportunity to less advanced sailors who will need more attention. Joy will email out invitations when we have room.
We are expanding our offering as soon as we safely can. We ran a trial for adults on 1st May in the afternoon. Sandra will send out invitations for further sessions . 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.