KSSA Promoting Youth Sailing in Kent



NSSA Regatta 2018 Report

Well, it’s been a great week and the KSSA sailors have done us proud: 1st in the Laser Radial, 1st in the Rookie Fleet, 1st in the Fast Handicap, 3rd in the Laser 4.7, 4th in the Medium Handicap, 5th in the Slow Handicap and some good results in the Topper Fleet too. Pierce and Imogen came second in the Mount Haes, and as team captains led by example with some amazing sailing and impeccable sportsmanship. A 5th successive team award was not to be this year. But looking at the new talent in the ranks, there is a very good chance that we will be bringing it back from Weymouth next year.

I would just like to add to Simon's words above,   thanking all the young sailors for making our team management job so easy with regard to behaviour on and off the water.

We had a few challenging moments, which were out of our control during the week, but all remained professional and in control. (Although I did have moment on Thursday when I stormed out the race office 🙄).

We would like to thank Sarah Cage- White for the admin. behind the scenes prior to the event. During the regatta, I had a strong team of helpers backing me up and apologise now if I miss you out!  

Simon Herrington has been by my side quietly getting on with it when I was getting hot under collar. Dale Windrige for being team bosun (Wednesday waiting for transom parts coming by courier from RS and fixing the boat within an hour of arrival, great job). Andrew Baker as our representative on the race organisering team, doing a fine job in difficult conditions.

Helen Sharp for managing launch & recovery  trolley logistics (my trolley dolly😉). Deb & Karen for handling the lunches and sweet talking the catering team to get the inside line. The Chipstead Sailing Club cheerleaders: Sarah, Gitte and Claire  keeping sprits up throughout!  And many thanks to all the Kent safety boat teams: Simon, Dale, Big Tim, Little Tim, Paul, Dean, Helen & Noel.

Hopefully see you all at the next KSSA Event,

Well done everyone.

Brian Mumford 

Kent Team Management

NSSA funded Toppers available for eligible sailors

The NSSA are pleased to be able to offer 6 race-rigged toppers on a 12 month loan to young sailors who would not otherwise be able to afford their own boat. This scheme has been designed to provide the opportunity for all young people, regardless of their financial situation, with the opportunity to have ownership of a dinghy. 

Please visit the NSSA website for further details and to access the application form - https://nssa.org.uk/index.php/9-latest-news/105-long-term-loan-toppers-application-form


Bough Beech SC 24th February, 2018 - Winter Training 2

It was a chilly February day at Bough Beech with strong winds and a clear blue sky.

The Oppies and Teras were excitable. They built on their heavy wind knowledge and made positive steps to mastering this on a course.

The other groups, the Toppers/Tera, Lasers/Aero and Double Handers started the morning focused on the first upwind leg and making the correct decisions a windward mark.

After a well-earned lunch, the groups diverged.

The Toppers/Tera focused on speed in heavy winds, avoiding the No Go Zone and depowering the boat.

The Lasers/Aero took to the water with an intense tacking session, this was followed by gutbusters, they will sleep well tonight.

The Double Handers targeted their downwind speed. A true test of spinnaker skill in testing conditions.

There were even some unplanned capsizing and some inversions. A great day of learning for all!

Dan Druce,

Maidstone Coaching Award and RYA SE Bursaries

In December 2017 we received the Double Handed Maidstone Coaching Award and on the 25th February we arranged for coach Richard Sherindan to come to Redoubt Sailing Club for the day. The wind was around 15-20 knots with some big gusts and was perfect for focussing on our high wind spinnaker work, although it was very cold and we started the day chipping the ice off of our boat.

In the morning we joined in with the club race for the start and then spent time working on our gybing technique with Richard right beside us in the RIB giving us loads of advice. The wind had increased in the afternoon and so we concentrated on our upwind technique and more spinnaker work.

When we came in, we spent some time in the club house going over what we did that day and a little bit of theory.

Richard was great and really made us think about what we were doing. He gave us loads of tips and advice and we both learnt lots. We now can’t wait to put it all into practice, preferably on a slightly warmer day.

Thank you KSSA for the award, which made this day possible and thanks also to Richard, our dads and everyone at the Redoubt SC for their help and support on the day.

Evie and Abbey

We have combined both our Performance Bursaries to buy a much-needed new mainsail for our RS Feva. This actually arrived last week and as well as being excited at the prospect of sailing with a brand new sail, we are both very grateful to the RYA London and South East Youth Training Fund for this Performance Bursary. We cant wait to try it out!



The 2017 KSSA AGM to be held at Chipstead SC (TN13 2SD) on Saturday 2nd December 2017
(as soon as practically possible after the training session) - estimated 16:00

For an AGM pack (Agenda, 2016 minutes etc.), please email the KSSA General Secretary (secretary@kssa.co.uk)

Please note - AGM packs are available to current, fully paid members only


KSSA 2017 Annual Regatta Downs Sailing Club

The KSSA Annual Regatta at the Downs Sailing Club,  Deal saw 51 boats from all over the South East on the water, in northerly winds with sunshine. The largest fleet as ever were Toppers, but there were Fevas, Lasers, Radials, 29er, RS200s and Optimists.

There were two races scheduled for the morning and two for the afternoon. Good sport was had for two hours before lunch with the two fleets, less experienced sailors were identified with red streamers but did not seem daunted by the distance out, let alone the famous deep water at Deal.

 Sam Chick was at hand with his dustbin sized camera to capture what was a very colourful scene, and boats off-shore had video footage. There were countless rescue boats, a committee boat, beach teams and seemingly swarms of activity around the clubhouse.

The Kings School, Canterbury were well represented and brought with them some delicious packed lunches which l must confess l ate a few left overs! Pre-ordered hot food was ladled out from the DSC canteen and homemade cakes were available after the event. This came sooner rather than later as only one short race was held before the fleets returned to shore, with lack of wind in the afternoon.

 Amazingly only one Laser missed a start with a broken rudder, there were no upsets and nobody returned to shore to text message. The only real hazard was a particularly steep beach after recent gales, but as the tide receded during the day the landings were easier.

One  parent arrived with a twisted tow bar assembly and even this was duly replaced by Richard Winters on site. With Martyn Styles acting as ‘regatta organiser’ everything was so efficient:  his omnipresence and fine-tuned attention to every need, be it sorting out a tangled winch or rounding up the prize-winners for a photo, made sure the day flowed like a finely-tuned, taut sailboat.   Commodore Stuart Bradbeer gave a relaxed race round up and prize-giving, and by this time, huge burgers and sausages were already sizzling on the BBQ.

For several sailors it will be their last KSSA event having turned 18 and off to university. This included Ryan Winter, Stan Chick and Joe Lord, the later two’s  passing shot was to take the school prize for Chatham and Clarendon House Schools. It would seem that Stan might well be amongst the overall winners on the day in his Laser. As Debbie Thomas - KSSA Commodore -  who recounted how Stan’s great commitment and love of sailing began in a Moses basket on his family’s boat in Cornwall, celebrated all that he has given to KSSA by awarding him The Chairman’s Cup for endeavour. He received this prize for commitment from  County Councillor,  Chairman David Brazier, who gave a charming account of his own fond memories of sailing at The Wilsonian Sailing Club and emphasised how sailing is a marvellous sport for excitement, independence and developing resilience in young people.


It gives the Kent (high performance) team managers Mark Breare, Tim Seward and Sam Chick huge pleasure in reporting that the Kent team have won a fourth consecutive team trophy at the NSSA annual regatta. Sustaining consistent interest in great success is often hard however please think back to our huge excitement in Deal when we won the team trophy - our young sailors have now won four years in a row!


The week was sailed in varied and mostly gusty, shifty and very strong winds which didn’t always favour our team and beneath leaden rainy skies which definitely didn’t favour our adults.


Leading sailors came from a wide spread of clubs within Kent with top three results from; Alex Head (1st topper), Lewis Humphries (3rd laser radial), Heather Denbigh (1st laser 4.7), Samuel and Michael Dyer (2nd fast handicap), Stan Chick (1st laser standard and 1st medium handicap), Max Tullet (1st rookie handicap) and Luka Franklin (2nd rookie topper). In addition were the single handed trophy won by Alex Head, closely followed in second place by Lewis Humphries and the all-comers race won by Samuel and Michael Dyer in their 29er.


The overall team trophy was awarded after much arcane and complex mathematics with contributions from a wide range of sailors. It must be stressed that all our young sailors worked towards this fantastic result as a team.


Other awards went to Lewis Wright (the Winchester Tankard) for his gracious, selfless and dedicated behaviour towards his team throughout racing on Wednesday, Lee Windridge (leap-frog trophy) who was the most improved sailor of 2017 and Stan Chick (NSSA presidents award) having competed in both inland and annual NSSA regattas for 7 years and sailed with the KSSA since 2009.


Kent was by no means the largest team this year and the question was inevitably asked, how do Kent keep winning? Can this be attributed to the aggregation of marginal gains? Perhaps… whilst the team managers didn’t bring mattresses and pillows from home (well not all of us) nor ban the team from shaking hands, there is much truth in the idea of a committed group of talented sailors, strongly supported by dedicated parents and carers willing to input time throughout the year with training, regattas and larger events. During the week there was rarely a time when a Kent sailor couldn’t visit the team tent and find a parent / carer willing to fix a boat, feed them or simply find a coat to keep them warm. A huge thank you therefore must go to all our ‘support team’ and visitors throughout the week including Deb Thomas, Elena Setterfield, Mike and Marion Smailes and Isabel Emby.


Sincere thanks also go to;

  • our team captains Hannah Mumford and Stan Chick for their advice and help throughout the event
  • Kent parents and wider team who operated and staffed two safety boats throughout the week
  • Dave Ellis who transported the Kent rib to Graham and worked all week on the committee boats
  • Jon Hill who helmed the KSSA rib and Sandra Hill also working on the committee boats all week
  • our parents and sailors who tirelessly launched and recovered not just our own boats but all others who launched from our slip regardless of team
  • the older and / or more knowledgable sailors helping, coaching and advising their peers on and off the water

Please look out for emails from the KSSA secretary since we are already discussing improved and targeted training for the upcoming season and we look forward to our own KSSA annual regatta hosted by Downs Sailing Club on 16th September 2017.


I hope you will join the team mangers in congratulating our young sailors for this fantastic result!

Summer Camp 1/2 July BBSC

On Saturday 1st July , boats , cars laden with camping gear  arrived early in the morning at  Bough  Beech Sailing Club for the 2017 sailing, training and camping weekend.

There was a 4 race series  on Saturday with 23 boats on the water. We had the KSSA Superstars , the soon- to -be superstars and the novices who will one day be our top KSSA sailors!

  The aim was to have plenty of lake practice before the Nationals at Grafham. The conditions were ideal for this, with variable, shifty winds all day!! Boats racing along at one end of the lake and other boats nearly becalmed at the other. The Race Officer Jon Hill did a great job in frequently changing wind directions. The results show how close the racing was in the laser radial fleet and the Toppers. Coaches Dannie and Elliott Marks encouraged the tail Enders. Stan Chick was the overall winner!

Camping was in a huge field of freshly cut grass and right next to the Clubhouse.Insect spray was essential. Everyone slept really well but many missed the incredibly noisy dawn chorus from the flock of waterfowl  at the foot of the field on the lakeside.

Sunday was an early start, with breakfast in the clubhouse.

Andy Kerr was the lead coach for the day, and based his coaching skills on what the sailors had requested from the debrief session after the Saturday racing. The focus was on wind shifts, making a good line for the next buoy  and concentrating for long periods!!! 4 more boats joined in the coaching.

Ollie Cage White  and Elliott Marks  each ran a coaching group of boats on the water, whilst Steve Mitchell and Brian Munford coached the youngest sailors. Everyone made really good progress. ........lots more shifty wind, both in strength and direction.

After Pasta Bolognaise in the clubhouse, we then held the Allcomers Race for the Littlefield Memorial trophy. BB Club boats also joined in so it was a large and fast moving fleet at times, but with more shifting winds it really tested everyone!

Pierce Seward was first KSSA boat, and Stan Chick 2 nd. Heather Denbigh 3 rd.

we finished in brilliant sunshine. Money raised for the Air Ambulance was by donations put into the collecting box  in the Clubhouse.


 The Bough Beech members were good hosts. The catering by Tracey and Mark was extremely well organised and the quality of the food was high. Jon Hill, Guy Marks and Deb marks did  a great job throughout the weekend.

Thankyou Tim and Tim for being Beachmasters so effectively. Thankyou the Broadstairs gang...Tim S for organising the KSSA a side of patrol boats on the water, Sam Chick, Dale Windridge and Paul Hirst for the many hours you all helped on and off the water.Thankyou Sarah White for the very slick registration and Deb Thomas for organising the Allcomers race and the final priZegiving Well done to all the parents for the little things you did to help make this a very positive weekend and a great practice for the National Regatta in three weeks time!

New Racers 10th Jne 2017 Redoubt SC


This years New racers event was held at Redoubt sc in perfect conditions, with brite sunshine and an increasing breeze. 26 sailors took to the water from across Kent, 4 races were sailed with on the water instructors and coaches giving direction throughout. All sailors were given an explanation of the basic rules of sailing  and flags to be used by the committee boat. Everyone enjoyed the conditions with a reaching course set by the race organising  team, this allowed all competitors to complete the course and enjoy some racing


Thanks to all the Redoubt team and volunteers who gave up their time to make this event such a great success.