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    Posted: 01 Oct 18 at 6:51am
We currently sail in North Yorkshire and are moving to North Hampshire.

My daughter is 13 and sails an Optimist, was in Zone Squad this year and hopping to do the same this year, in the future she will move to Topper or Laser 4.7. I sail a Streaker.

At our current club the Youth, Juniors and adults race together, general handicap, on a Sunday, upto four races, racing also on Wednesday nights. There is casual sailing Saturday and Friday in the summer. We have monthly Youth and Junior Saturdays and a summer sail camp. 

When I look at south coast clubs, looking in the Solent area, dinghy racing is on strange week days Monday night, Thursday nights and Sunday mornings in the summer. 

Can anyone recommend a good club in the Solent area and possibly a bit further east along the coast that has good weekend dinghy sailing. Support and develop for the Youth and Juniors is also key.

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HISC is great for the youths and juniors. 
There are lots of sailors there and the club do youth racing and also have youth coaching over the winter. There is lots of Oppy sailing throughout the year. There is not a lot of lasers, but lots of solos, who she would race against in a handicap fleet. Brenda Hoult has a solo and streaker and sails both at a high level.

During the summer there is youth training week and youth race week, which is a lot of  fun!

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Looking at the HISC results for July and August, over two months ten races and an average of 5 boats per race. That is not very active or close racing in my experience 
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I'll declare a bias here, but there is a lot of youth activity at HISC, in Oppies, Teras, Tera Pros and Fevas - coaching and both formal and informal racing. No Topper activity that I'm aware of. And as has been said, the Youth weeks in the summer are well supported. See http://www.hisc.co.uk/youth-sailing/ or contact any of these:
Optimist Rachel Dobrijevic optimistcaptain@hisc.co.uk
RS Feva Fiona Pyke fevacaptain@hisc.co.uk
RS Tera Craig Thompson teracaptain@hisc.co.uk
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We had a competent and sizable turnout from Warsash at our club Topper open the other week. Might be worth investigating.
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Thanks Nick, I can see that there is plenty of great youth stuff going on but I cannot see where 14 year old plus are progressing after after that. At my current club we do the Y&J stuff but then the kids race alongside the adults on the Sunday, it is a whole day and whole family day. If I said I was going sailing on Sunday and my daughter couldn’t come I’d have a lot of trouble at home 
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I had thought Warsash would be where we would end up but it doesn’t appear to replicate what we have 
This is from their website 
‘Dinghy racing takes place regularly on Wednesday and Friday evenings from April until September. We also organise Mayhems late on Saturday afternoons during the summer when the tides are favourable.’

For some reason I can’t view their race results to see what is actually happened 


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From my experience there are active clubs at Keyhaven, Lymington, Warsash, Stokes Bay, Hayling Island and Itchenor all of which will offer decent racing
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Thanks from a quick look

Stokes bay, not looked at them, looks promising can’t see all their results but calendar looks promising 


Lymington town ‘For dinghies, Club racing events and series take place on Sunday mornings (all the year round), and on Wednesdays (between April and November). Club members are also welcome to join the RLymYC Monday evening dinghy racing.’


Royal Lymington - Dinghies Monday night?


Keyhaven looks like 2 races on a Sunday alternating between morning or afternoon which I presume is tides


Itchenor from results summer series total of 6 boats completed the summer series which was 4 races over 3 months 

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If you want what you have then why move? Life changes, the only choice you have is whether you make the best of it or get in a tizzy. Just saying!
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