Sailing academy

Releasing Potential Sailing Academy


Our Sailing Academy runs sailing activities throughout the year for students of Releasing Potential School, and during the spring and summer school holidays for Looked-After children. The Sailing Academy provides a long term programme giving young people the opportunity to fully develop their sailing skills and progress over time.

Those who attend the sailing academy have the opportunity to sail around Portsmouth Harbour, navigate the busy Solent and occasionally stop off on the Isle of Wight for an ice cream!

The boats

To teach sailing we use two Hawk 20 keel boats.  The Hawk design allows to us teach groups of up to six young people on a stable yet reactive platform.  The boats react well to the wind and tide yet are safe and dry enabling us to teach sailing in a range of weathers and conditions.


Young people can attend the Academy over a number of years working their way through the Royal Yachting Association scheme. The RYA provides several awards which are internationally recognised. Through the academy, we provide young people with the opportunity to gain the following keelboat awards:

  • Level 1 involves a introduction to the sport. Students will start sailing, concentrating on getting afloat. Level 1 will provide the minimum knowledge required to get going.
  • Level  2 covers basic skills so that students gain a foundational knowledge of the sport. Level 2 will lead to the student becoming a competent sailor in light winds.
  • Seamanship Skills teaches students to sail independently; how to handle a boat in all circumstances, and to solve problems while afloat.
  • Assistant Instructor Level focuses on teaching the student how to help others and make the first step on the ladder to a career as a sailing instructor.

Contact us

If you have questions about our sailing, please email Steve Skinner via or


Releasing Potential Outdoor Education
Unit 7 Kingscroft Court

Charity No: 1097440
Company No: 4622100

Linkenholt Company No: 9984771


023 9247 9762