In the autumn of 2007 a few Royal Torbay Yacht Club Members met to see if a way could be found to encourage children to try sailing. Out of this meeting Torbay Youth Sailing Trust was formed, under the umbrella of the Royal Torbay Yacht Club. Charitable status was achieved in the spring of 2008.
The Trust decided early on to follow the Royal Yachting Association Syllabus and joined the RYA On-Board Scheme designed to introduce a million children to sailing before 2012. Money was raised and six Club Members trained as Dinghy Instructors. Initially three Laser Pico Dinghies were purchased and a fourth was loaned, these have now been replaced by six RS Qba’s and three Fun Boats.
The Trust’s facilities were inspected by the RYA and permission granted to conduct RYA sailing courses. In 2008 four two day courses were run for children between the ages of 8 and 16. Sixty-one children attended these courses, with the majority gaining their RYA Stage Two Certificate.
From the outset the Trust was keen to involve parents and encourage children who enjoyed the sailing experience to continue sailing by joining the RTYC junior section. Junior RTYC membership is included in the course fees.
The Trust aims to keep all of its sailing equipment in good condition with all of the Instructors fully qualified and CRB checked.
The Trust uses the facilities of the Royal Torbay Yacht Club and runs its sailing courses from the Harbourside in Torquay.