The School is an RYA recognised training centre based at Alton Water reservoir, located just 5 minutes from the main campus and with a fleet of RS Tera, Topper, Laser, Firefly, RS Feva, RS200 and 29er racing dinghies.
All pupils joining in Year 7 learn to sail and more experienced sailors may choose sailing as their games option. Those joining the Sailing Academy can pursue the sport competitively in both fleet and team racing at school, national and international level. There is also the opportunity to work towards instructor qualifications and take part in weekend sailing expeditions using the School’s fleet of Cornish Shrimpers.
As a result of the Royal Hospital School’s maritime heritage and watery location next to a 400-acre man-made reservoir and between the Stour and Orwell estuaries, it has become a Centre of Excellence for Sailing with the unrivalled provision and opportunity for sailing. The Royal Hospital School Sailing Academy, based at neighbouring Alton Water Reservoir, is an established RYA Training Centre and has a fleet of more than 50 dinghies catering for every level of sailing; from beginner boats like the RS Tera to team racing Fireflies and Olympic pathway craft such as the Laser and 29er.
On joining the School, all 11-year-olds take part in a week-long sailing course when they are taken through the basics to RYA Youth Sailing Scheme Stage 2. Pupils joining in other year groups have the opportunity to learn to sail in the afternoon activity sessions and those with more experience can sail up to four times a week in the summer. The School has regular team and fleet racing fixtures against other schools and, through the Sailing Academy, the elite sailors compete at both National and International level.
As a recognised RYA Training Centre, the highest levels of safety and tuition are maintained and pupils regularly gain dinghy sailing qualifications as well as qualifications in power boating, windsurfing and dinghy sailing instruction. There is also a fleet of keelboats for coastal cruising which is popular in the summer months and for Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme expeditions.