Youth Fleet (Hot Shots)

Poole Yacht Club is a fantastic location for children not only to learn to sail but also to expand their skills in the racing world. We have an awesome team of volunteers who are passionate about passing on their racing knowledge to the new generation.

Youth Racing takes place on a Thursday evening, April through to September, the kids will race on small courses with multiple starts and be given guidance whilst sailing around to better their skills. Where most children will be sailing Toppers, we do not restrict the type of boat that you may have or want to race.

(Please note this is not formal training and coaching and is run by experience sailors)

Getting Involved

There are several different groups that your young person can join depending on their age and ability - more details are available for each class of dinghy on the links above.

The basic options are:

  • Optimists - suitable for beginners from age 8 up to national level competitors aged 13-14.
  • Toppers - suitable for young sailors with some experience, perhaps moving on from Optimists.
  • Mirrors - a popular 2 hander boat suitable for both new and experienced sailors.

Manic Piranhas

For those that are not started there sailing journeys, or maybe still working towards becoming a racer, check out our Manic Piranhas on a Wednesday Night for formal RYA Training.

Read more about Manic Piranhas

A lot of our communication is done via the 'Manic Piranhas' Facebook page Manic Piranhas

Club Boats

Several different boats types are available for hire.

Youth Training can be booked with a Club provided boat

Contact Us

Most communication is done via the Manic Piranhas Facebook page.

This is a closed group so you will need to request access to the group to be able to post messages.
If you have any queries you can contact us by email at: