In addition to being a British Youth Sailing Recognised Class, the RYA also determines the age category that it believes a class is best for. As a result, a class will be designated as being most suitable for sailors who are normally under 16 years of age (Junior Classes) or under 19 years of age (Youth Classes).


Class Junior/Youth  Information 
Optimist Junior Size and forgiving nature make it great for very young sailors.  Comprehensive open training widely available and extensive programme of international competition.
Topper Junior The Topper is a junior class that is extensively throughout the UK. The class offers a comprehensive open training which is widely available and an extensive competition programme.
Bis Techno Junior The Bic Techno is the recognised equipment for junior windsurfing. This is an alternative to dinghy sailing that some sailors may choose as they move up the pathway.
Laser 4.7 Junior Feeder class to the Radial and Standard rig. The 4.7 helps Optimist and Topper sailors get used to the Laser hull with a more forgiving sail.  Lots of European competition opportunities.
RS Feva XL Junior Double-handed asymmetric boat. RYA runs UK Junior squads and Zone squads
29er Youth Double-handed asymmetric boat.  The Class Association runs good open training and RYA has a UK Youth Squad.
 420 Youth Double-handed symmetric boat.  Open training run by Class Association and RYA run UK Youth Squad.
Laser Radial Youth Youth Class for girls and boys and the women’s single-handed Olympic Class.  Extensive open training in the UK and RYA run UK Youth Squad.
Laser Standard Youth Single-handed boys Youth Class and also an Olympic Class.  Extensive training and competitions in UK and overseas.
Spitfire Catamaran  Youth Double-handed Youth catamaran for boys girls or mixed crews.