Team15 (T15) is a windsurfing club revolution! Powered by the RYA, it’s a nationwide network of windsurfing clubs where young people aged 16 and under can get together to learn new wind-surfing skills and have a laugh with their mates on the water. Whatever your skill level, regular windsurfing sessions will improve your windsurfing ability very quickly. And if you’ve never tried it before, you’ll have the basics mastered in no time. From first time windsurfer to a relative expert, Team15 clubs welcome all levels.
The RYA caught up with 13-year-old Daisy Illingworth, who started out at her local T15 club, to see how it all works and what comes next.
RYA: Where did you learn to windsurf?
Daisy: Aztec Watersports in Lower Moor, Worcester.
RYA: Where and when did you start T15?
Daisy: I started Team15 five years ago when I was eight years old. Having learned the basics at Aztec Watersports I used to go down with my friends from swimming. At the time we were using two-metre sails. After a year there I moved to Farmoor Reservoir in Oxford and joined Oxford Zoomers.
RYA: What did you do in your weekly sessions?
Daisy: Lots of getting rescued at first! But to start with, it was basic skills like tacks, gybes and the sailing position. Over time we started moving onto bigger sails and learning faster manoeuvres. We always did a bit of freestyle to finis