Helping Youth Attainment


Last night I along with many parents was invited to a talk on raising boys achievement at our secondary school. This was a really stimulating talk by Gary Wilson who has a background in education and has written several books including Help Your Boys Succeed: The Essential Guide for Parents (Help Your Child to Succeed).

He provides practical tips and advice and it struck me as something that resonates with what SYCSA does:

– effectively engage with children and youths
– create the right culture for learning
– develop emotional intelligence
– develop self-esteem

This message is not limited to boys, however, his focus was on raising their attainment to close the gap on performance at school.

Sailing as an activity and SYCSA as a family based association could help nurture the right culture and can be an outlet to help both boys and girls develop their self-esteem and be an outlet for their need for independence and achievement.

We have recently published a new page (Meritous Mentions) with a number of young people who have done well and we think exemplify what SYCSA and sailing can provide for the next generations.

Safetyboat & Powerboat Courses 2018

SYCSA is running two 2 day courses; one for Level 2 Powerboat and one for Safety Boat

Safety Boat –  starting on the 17th of Feb 2018 for two consecutive Saturdays

Powerboat – starting on the 03rd of March 2018 for two consecutive Saturdays

Full details and booking can be done via the following link:

Special rates apply for SYCSA Volunteers and Assistant Instructors.


Juniors – Want to sail over the Autumn and Winter? We have a package for you!

With the aim of encouraging young RYA Stage 2 sailors to participate with club sailing through the winter, we have come up with a fantastic deal for all competent SYCSA members.

For £30 SYCSA will loan you a Pico, Optimist or Topper for the period that SYCSA isn’t operating. You will join Durleigh Sailing Club for a nominal fee of £5 for the same period and be entitled to use all the club facilities and join racing and sailing.

Full details are available here: Winter-deal-Durleigh-Sailing-Club-and-SYCSA or on our youth courses page –