British Schools Dinghy Racing Association

This association aims to promote the sport of sailing and team racing in British schools. Members enjoy the benefit of advice from member schools, a programme of regional and national events and an annual Inservice training day for teachers.

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AGM and INSET 2021

The AGM and INSET took place on 3rd February with the following programme. Recordings of the sessions are available and have been circulated to the distribution list we currently have. Please get in touch if you would like access to them.


  • Welcome (commodore)

  • Apologies for Absence

  • Approval of 2020 minutes

  • Event Reports (this will be a lot shorter than usual!)

  • Treasurer report

  • Forthcoming events 2021

  • Matters for discussion;

  • Communications - website/facebook page/ staff whattsapp/FB group

  • Equipment/Rondar

  • AOB

2) Inset - Rules update (Ed Sibson)

3) Inset - Off water training and associated resources (Paul Robson)

4) Inset - Running Covid compliant events (Jack Fenwick from the RYA and Keith Sammons.)

RYA and BSDRA issue joint statement on school activities

Government issue guidance that sailing clubs and watersports centres may remain open to facilitate the provision of school curriculum sport.

Further to the release of the Covid-19 Restrictions for England coming into force, the RYA and British Schools Dinghies Racing Association (BSDRA) have been working together to support RYA affiliated clubs and recognised training centres that work with schools to continue the provision of sailing for young people during this time.

Whilst sailing clubs and watersports centres have been required to close, both the guidance from the Department for Education (DfE) and Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) makes it clear that they may remain open to facilitate the provision of school curriculum sport.

The Sport and Recreation Alliance, Youth Sport Trust, ukactive and Association for Physical Education have also come together to help clarify what extra-curricular sport is permitted under the Government’s new lockdown guidance.

The most recent guidance from the DfE, published on 6 November, advised that: "Schools can and should continue offering sports clubs or activities before or after school, in addition to their regular PE lessons, in order to support parents to work, seek work, or to undertake education or training, and for the purposes of respite care for vulnerable children.”

RYA clubs and training centres are encouraged to work with schools to manage access to sites, water and facilities for school curriculum sport where appropriate.

Whilst we understand that this may conflict with members not being able to sail and not all clubs will be comfortable opening for this purpose, schools are working under detailed guidance from the DfE to ensure the education and sport they provide is run in a safe and Covid-secure way.

The Youth Sport Trust, Sport and Recreation Alliance, ukactive and Association for Physical Education have advised that:

  • Schools should continue to provide extra-curricular sport as long as they can do so in a way which i) maintains the integrity of schools’ Covid-19 protocols such as approach to bubbles, staffing and social distancing and ii) is subject to appropriate risk assessment.

  • Where the guidance refers to supporting parents to work, there is no additional need for schools to prove that extra-curricular clubs are helping parents to work or seek work.

  • Extra-curricular clubs should not take place if they are bringing together groups of young people who would not otherwise be spending time together. Competition between different schools should not take place, in line with the wider restrictions on grassroots sport.

Whilst it is now clear that this type of activity is permitted, clubs and training centres should continue to risk assess their operations and should only open if they feel it is safe and appropriate to do so.

The RYA is available to provide further support on how clubs and centres can work with their partner schools to enable participation. Further information, including dedicated guidance for clubs and training centres is available via the RYA Covid-19 online hub. If you are an affiliated club or centre that requires additional assistance, please get in touch with the RYA Legal team, call: 023 8060 4223 or email:

The BSDRA is able to provide contacts of schools who have successfully continued their sailing programmes during this time and who are willing to support others to restart.

BSDRA eSailing Team Racing Championship

This week sees the culmination of the BSDRA eSailing Team Racing Championships. Teams have been racing all term in a league format and now the top 4 teams in each division are preparing for the knockouts.

The schedule for the races is as follows:


1530hrs - U19 SF1 - Cokethorpe Crusaders vs MCS 1

1630hrs - U19 SF2 - Ryde Senior Team vs Royal Hospital School Blue


1530hrs - U17 Playoff - Royal Hospital School Orange vs Royal Hospital School Green

1630hrs - U19 Playoff - Loser U19 SF1 vs Loser U19 SF2


1530hrs - U17 Final - Ryde Junior Team vs Sevenoaks School

1630hrs - U19 Final - Winner U19 SF1 vs Winner U19 SF2

It is intended to broadcast all races live, with commentary. Details will be available on the event website.

Resources for online learning over the next few weeks:



A Sevenoaks sailor and volunteer has been presented with one of the RYA’s most prestigious awards by HRH the Princess Royal, President of the RYA in recognition of his commitment to the British Schools Dinghy Racing Association.

Bruce Hebbert received a Lifetime Commitment Award after being nominated by the association and selected as a winner by the RYA Honours and Awards Panel. The award was presented at One Great George Street, London on Friday 22 November 2019.

The RYA is boating’s national governing body and the Volunteer Awards are considered the ‘MBEs' of the sport, honouring people throughout the UK for their outstanding contributions across all the disciplines the RYA represents, including sailing, windsurfing, motor cruising, inland waterways and personal watercraft.

Watch a video of the awards.

Bruce was one of the founding teachers of the British Schools Dinghy Racing Association 30 years ago, and a driving force behind UK team racing, providing consistent support to schools and universities in organising and running their events. His work greatly contributed to the modern form of team racing, umpiring and the World Sailing Call Book.

More recently he developed the 2k Team Racing circuit which now runs events across the world, providing fun competitive racing and ensuring that once students leave university there is a route to keep them within the sport.

A member of the Royal Thames Yacht Club, he actively helps to run a number of their events and coordinate umpires, and he is also a key founding partner of Wealden Sailability in Chipstead.

The impact that Bruce has had on the sport over the decades is immeasurable. From coaching to umpiring to advice and support, there are few sailors of any level, background or skillset who have not, in one way or another, been influenced by his involvement.

Bruce said of the awards ceremony: “It was an extraordinary day, and a great honour to be with people from all over the UK who have contributed so much time and effort to share their love of sailing with others. The British Schools Dinghy Racing Association, which is now in its 31st year, has been a major source of pride, bringing hundreds of young people into sailboat team racing where they learn important life skills, while having great fun and forming lifelong friendships.”

Bruce Hebbert receiving the Lifetime Commitment Award for services to sailing

Bruce Hebbert receiving the Lifetime Commitment Award for services to sailing.