About Derbyshire Youth Sailing

Who are we?


We are a volunteer run organisation, which provides racing and training for school age sailors throughout the County of Derbyshire. Derbyshire Youth Sailing (DYS) is all about having fun, making new long term friends and taking that next step in developing your sailing skills outside of your club environment.


DYS was formed in 2000 to ensure youth sailing continued in Derbyshire when school sailing came to an end. DYS is affiliated to the RYA and the NSSA (National Schools Sailing Association). We are also part of DSSA (Derbyshire Schools Sports Association) and are the official body in Derbyshire for awarding County Colours in Sailing.


All sailors aged 18 and under who are members of a Derbyshire club, attend a Derbyshire school or live in Derbyshire are automatically members of DYS. There is no joining fee. All you have to do is come along to any of our events or training and start joining in the fun. You don’t have to own your own boat or transport a boat as boats are available to hire at the different venues.

What do we do?

Annual handicap race series

We run a handicap race series during the year, with events at each of the 10 Derbyshire clubs. The series is aimed at youth sailors of any ability, from just starting racing to sailing at National level. If you can sail a triangular course, then you are ready to join us. Unlike normal racing, where possible, we provide on water coaching and support to anyone who is losing contact with the fleet.

Prizes are awarded in three age categories at each event and for the overall series.

Junior                   up to and including Year 6

Intermediate         Year 7-9

Senior                   Year 10-13


NSSA events


For more experienced sailors, DYS enter teams for all NSSA events. 


These include:


  • Single handed team racing in Toppers

  • Double handed team racing in Fireflies

  • Week long multi-fleet regatta in the summer

  • 12 hour race

  • Match racing in keelboats


Where possible, training is provided for these events.



We organise a range of training opportunities, including on the water race coaching and specific training for team racing as well as land based sessions on topics ranging from rules to fitness.

Support Network


Through our many sailors, parents and volunteers we have a lot of knowledge and experience on many aspects of sailing and on how to advance to the next level of National sailing and selection into RYA squads. Both sailors and parents are friendly and supportive and will happily pass on advice and answer questions. Our sailors, especially, are amazing at supporting each other and helping anyone in difficulty whether it is at their local club, on the DYS circuit or if they meet at National events.


Many Derbyshire sailors have won NSSA events, been selected for RYA squads and have achieved at National and World Championships in their chosen class.


We look forward to welcoming you at our next DYS event. Please contact us, if you would like any more information.

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