Slipper Youth Sailing

Slipper Youth Sailing is a year round youth club teaching sailing and having a go at a wide range of water activities.

Run by an adult RYA qualified Senior Dinghy Instructor, the water activities are usually from April through October on a Wednesday evening if tide suits on the harbour or the Millpond, and we do anything from sailing to paddleboarding to windsurfing to kayaking the creeks to mucking about in a rowing boat with your mates, with lots of other fun things, too many to mention, with your friends and soon-to-be friends.

Training Course Signup

Personal Details

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Course Details

Please record any medical conditions or impairment that may be relevant to your ability to undertake the course safely, and/or that may assist your instructors in tailoring the course to your needs.  Sensitive detail may be discussed verbally with the instructor(s) who will respect the need for discretion.

Please advise your ability to swim (ideally 25 metres) and/ or your confidence in the water that may be relevant to your ability to undertake the course safely, and/or may assist your instructors in tailoring the course to your needs.

We may take photographs and video footage of the training for use by us as an instructional medium, in promoting training activities to the club membership and to potential new members.


The training aim

Training at ESSC is provided to build the sailing skills of the membership, as individuals and as a club, through the provision of safe and enjoyable instruction to recognised national standards. 

Bar Opening

The bar of the Slipper Sailing Club is renowned for its warmth and friendliness. It is the hub of club activity off the water... and most members seem indeed to be off the water.

In addition to a good selection of drinks, food is available on Friday lunchtime, Friday Evening, Saturday and Sunday between 12 noon and 2 pm.

Steward: Paul Tomlinson
Rear Commodore House: Jackie Oiller
Chair of Bar Committee: Mike Balster


Catering at the Slipper is provided by Denis and Lesley Spencer 

Bar meals are available Friday, Saturday and Sunday lunchtimes from 12-2pm and also Friday evenings from 6.30-8.30pm.  The menu will change frequently and can be found on the blackboard at the Club.  No need to book - just order at the kitchen.


The SOTTs sessions at Slipper are for Junior members who have gained their RYA stage 2, consolidating and building on the experience gained on the millpond. 

SOTTs sessions take place on the open water of the harbour and work towards RYA stages 3 and 4.  Unlike FNOs and SMOs, SOTTs cover a number of different classes including Oppies, Tera’s, Feva’s and Toppers. 

Sessions are tide dependent – please see the 2019 SOTTs programme for timings.


Friday Night Oppies is a thriving, busy and very enthusiastic part of Slipper with around 60 children ranging in ages from 4-11 sailing from April to October on the millpond.

Sessions run from 6pm on Friday nights (finish times are weather dependent).


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