We provide professional coached dinghy sailing opportunities for Children. We are a local not for profit, volunteer led, constituted community group. We are providing these opportunities to children who would normally find it difficult to access or afford.
in 2014 when Ben Miles was the Cadet Officer of Teign Corinthian Yacht Club and Nick James was the Junior Coordinator for Royal Torbay Yacht Club they discussed the lack of sailing opportunities for children over the winter months. It was agreed to create a collaboration of Sailing Clubs and the South West RS Tera Squad was formed. We are not linked to any one club but receive support from Teign Corinthian Yacht Club, Royal Torbay Yacht Club, Paignton Sailing Club and The Royal Dart Yacht Club. We are a RYA affiliated club.
The group quickly came together to provide professional RYA qualified coaching to children in the South West who were eager to sail over the winter months but could not travel the many hundreds of miles to the coaching provided at other clubs.
This winter sail training bridges the gap between learning to sail and competing. Only a very small number of children get the opportunity to get out on the water and even fewer to compete.
Our project has proven by providing top quality RYA national squad race coaches to these youngsters we can increase enthusiasm and participation in the sport. This in turn provides great retention of the participants, giving the best opportunity to those children and maybe even produce potential future Olympians.
This approach of bringing top class coaching talent to the South West has already paid dividends with the great success of two of the Squad’s youngsters, William James and Freddie Gilmore both winning places on the prestigious National Tera Squad.
We always exceed RYA safety standards both on the water with rescue boat cover and off with our dedicated safeguarding officer. Our ambition is to get more youngsters sailing to a higher level to enable them to follow this sailing pathway and to start a lifelong passion for the sport.
The Academy was formed by Ben Miles and Nick James.
Ben was born on a Thames Sailing Barge on the River Hamble and has always had a keen interest in boats and the water. He became the first Group Scout Leader (GSL) for the restarted River Teign Sea Scouts 1st Shaldon in 2008 moving into the role of Skills Instructor after 2 years at the helm. Ben is now the Cadet Officer for Teign Corinthian Yacht Club and represents the Scouts and TCYC Cadets. Having risen in excess of £200,000 for the Scout Group and local charities Ben has a good understanding of how much money is available for good causes in the South West.
Nick who has sailed from a very young age had three years abroad sailing with his young children until 2012. He has previously been the lead for the Royal Torbay Yacht Club Junior section, a vice chair of governors for a local Special school and very involved with The Disabled Sailing association based in Torquay. During 2014 he arranged all the schools sailing courses run from RTYC including a RYA Sailability based course for Combe Pafford Special School. Nick who is very passionate about junior sailing said “having seen what a positive impact sailing and especially racing has on youngsters lives it would be fantastic to help remove barriers and to get more kids out having fun on the water”.