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Neilson supports Young Sailing Stars

Neilson sponsors GBR Cadet World Sailing Team for 2016 and 2017 World Championships
Neilson, the active holiday specialist, has been announced as the official sponsor of the GBR Cadet World Sailing Team ahead of the team’s participation in the 50th World Championships in Buenos Aires, Argentina, in December 2016 and in Bruinisee, Netherlands, in 2017.
The Neilson GBR Cadet World Team is made up of 20 young sailors aged from 10 to 17 years, split across 10 cadet boats, each with a helm and one crew. The UK Cadet class is one of the leading junior classes in the UK, providing young people with access to the sport and the opportunity and training to become top performing athletes.  Many successful Olympic sailors started their sail-racing careers in the UK Cadet Class and the Royal Yachting Association, a world class governing body for sailing, fully supports the class.  After podium places in the last four world championships, the Neilson GBR World Team is a strong contender to win the World Championship this year.
Thanks to Neilson’s sponsorship, the team will have access to the best youth racing in the world, affording them the chance to represent their country on an international level and inspiring the next generation of sailors. Sailing is synonymous with the Neilson brand; as one of original and flagship activities offered, it is deeply embedded within the company culture. Many members of the senior management team are still active in the sailing community and with such similar values, the opportunity to bring in the next generation of sailors was too perfect to miss.
David Taylor, Managing Director, Neilson commented;
"A number of sailors on the GBR Cadet team learnt how to sail and further developed their skills on Neilson Holidays so it’s a privilege to sponsor the team and enable these young people to pursue their passion, something which is central to the Neilson ethos. We are very proud to be putting something back into a sport which is obviously close to our hearts. I have every confidence that the Neilson GBR Cadet World Team will continue a proud tradition of British cadet sailors winning abroad and hopefully bring 2016 to a close with success in Argentina."
As well as Royal Yachting Association certified dinghy sailing courses on its Beachclub holidays, Neilson also operates a range of ‘stay and sail’ and flotilla holidays around the northern and southern Ionian. The range of sailing activities on offer is designed to encourage Neilson guests to have a go at the sport whatever their level of experience.
Doug Targett, Chairman of the UK National Cadet Class, said;
"Neilson is the perfect partner for the GBR Cadet World Sailing Team and this sponsorship will make a meaningful difference to the competitors in Argentina. There is a great buzz around the team and I wish them all a following wind for their adventure to Buenos Aires"
The International Cadet Class is the only exclusively junior international racing class in the world. Thousands of children have learned to sail and race in the Cadet dinghy and the class has produced many Olympic medalists such as Ben Rhodes and Pippa Wilson. With 18 national associations, the Class has global reach and the annual world championships is the pinnacle of the year for young cadet sailors around the world. 
For further information please visit www.neilson.co.uk or call 0333 014 3350.

Media enquiries: For further information please contact Laoise Collins on neilson@brightergroup.com


Watch this space - Rutland training Pictures to come


Cadet Squad Applications

Please click on the link 
HERE  for the Squad Selection Criteria and HERE for Squad Application Form.
Please send your forms in asap and book in for the Cadet Inland Championships and the RYA Zone Championships.

2016 Zhik Cadet National Championships
Many congratulations to Jamie Harris and Antonia Wilkinson on becoming 2016 National Championships!
A superb event yet again at WPNSA. Thanks to all that helped organise it.
A big thank you to Nick Dempsey and Hanna Mills for coming to talk to us about their Olympic success. 

Please click on the 2016 Nationals Tab above for links to the VRsportTV footage and for the full results.

Fantastic Experience for the West Kirby Cadets

Thank you A.R.A.Libertad for inviting us aboar
West Kirby Sailing Club Cadet dinghy sailors were invited on board the ARA Libertad to celebrate the 50th Cadet World Championships which are taking place at the Club Nautico Albatros Argentina in December this year. The ARA Libertad which is one of the largest, fastest Tallship's in the world was berthed at the Liverpool cruise liner terminal for two days. The invitation was extended to the young sailors by the executive officer Carlos Funes in a gesture of goodwill on behalf of both the Argentinian Navy and the Argentinian Cadet Class Association. The young sailors were invited into the crews mess to be served drinks and biscuits and shown a glimpse of what life is like on the open sea. Alex Colquitt presented the ships officers with a Burgee from West Kirby Sailing Club. Thank you to the Officers and crew of the ARA Libertad and to the Organizing Committee of the Cadet Worlds Argentina 2016 for making us all feel so welcome and for making this fabulous day happen.


Fishers Green Open Meeting
Ten Cadets took part in the Exe Sails and Volvo Cars East London sponsored, Fishers Green SC Open meeting, on the 9th of July. With a good mixture of local and visiting boats, everybody had the opportunity to sample lovely breakfast rolls with a selection of fillings, bacon, egg and sausage, from the galley, ably prepared by Genevieve Lappage.
The Commodore, Kevin O’Brien welcomed everybody, and handed over to the race officer, Colin Hill, who carried out the briefing to all competitors.
On the water the competitors and race officer were greeted to a difficult, shifting and challenging wind that encompassed gusts of up to F5. However a fantastic course was set and the 1st race got underway, with the majority of boats giving each other a wide berth. The three visiting boats took the lead with 8845 Megan Ferguson and  Yasmin Sfaxi having a dominant lead over  the chasing pack and completing their 1st win, leading, 8852, Hazel Whittle and Charlotte Leigh, followed by, 9576, Lia Fletcher and Olivia Goland.
The second race, with a new course, was soon underway with the conditions not improving, and these proved to be very challenging for some. The lead boat, 8845, Megan and Yasmin, again followed by, 8852, Hazel and Charlotte, both using their spinnakers to full effect, were chased by local boat, 7686 , Claudia Mancini and Daisy Robinson, and they finished in that order after a combined time for both races of about 1hour 40 mins.
A delicious lunch prepared by Genevieve Lappage and Jane O’Brien, was gratefully devoured by competitors, organisers and helpers alike, after which many spent time admiring  the brand new Volvo XC90, being displayed by the, second  sponsor, Volvo Cars East London.
(Let’s not forget the home made cakes for desert!)
After lunch another fine course was set by our race officer Colin, this took advantage of the slightly abating gusts.
Again 8845 took the lead followed by 8852, but this time, 9576, Lia Fletcher and Olivia Goland, were hot on their heels taking 2nd place for the 2nd lap, but were overtaken on the last lap and the finishing order was as per race 1 for the top 3. A fine battle was underway further down the field between 7686, Claudia and Daisy, and, 9005, Louis Lappage and Hanna Baker, which went right down to the wire, with 9005 finishing 4th just ahead.
The 4th and last race was a shorter course , which may explain the slight confusion by some competitors to the first mark, however this resulted in at least two fine battles one for 1st place , between 8845 and 7686 , and 3rd place between 8852 and 9576 . The leaders however were not caught, 1st were again 8845 Megan Ferguson and Yasmin Sfaxi, 2nd 7686, Claudia Mancini and Daisy Robinson, with 3rd being won by, 9576, Lia Fletcher and Olivia Goland.
Prize giving was presented by Kevin O’Brien, 1st place, and winning a brand new spinnaker from Exe Sails, were Megan Ferguson and Yasmin Sfaxi, from Frensham Pond SC. 2nd place, winning a kit bag, were, Hazel Whittle and Charlotte Leigh, from Waldringfield SC,  3rd were local boat, Claudia Mancini and Daisy Robinson, winning another kit bag.
These prizes were all provided by EXE sails, with Trophies and Medals being awarded by FGSC with help from Volvo Cars East London.
After the prize giving all competitors tucked into a fab, ‘Cadet Tea‘ with lots of homemade cakes and treats, thanks goes to Genevieve for these. The afternoon was finished off with a raffle with some great prizes.
Our thanks goes to everybody who took part in making the day a success, the volunteers, organisers, sponsors, parents and all the competitors.
Full results can be found here; RESULTS
Photos here ; PHOTOS
Roberto Mancini & Peter Lappage 
Fishers Green Sqd Capt (cadets@fishersgreensc.org.uk)

Team GBR Success at the Flanders Youth Regatta..

Well done to Jamie Harris and Hamish Taylor on winning the Cadet Fleet at the Flanders Youth Regatta this week in Nieuwpoort, Beligum. They also become the Belgian National Champions with the fabulous Pewter Plate, dating back to the early 50's, leaving Belgium for only the 2nd time!  Ellie Wootton and Amelia Mayhew took a very consistent 3rd place and 5th to 8th places were all GBR boats.

For Full Write up - Click
Well done Team GBR!  Results can be found here - RESULTS 

The 2016 GBR Cadet World Team!

9985  Jamie Harris and Toni Wilkinson
9984  Isobel Speirs and Emily Speirs
10001  Harry Chatterton and Faye Chatterton
9876  Ellie Wootton and Amelia Mayhew
10002  Megan Ferguson and Yasmin Sfaxi
9321  Katie Spark and Connor Line
9877  Hattie Collingridge and Hamish Collingridge
9962  Cara Bland and Ines Green
8997  Ryan Wilkinson and Eliza Jones
9020  Anna Morgan and Jemima Hill

Clemenson Nautilus Trophy - Sponsored by Zhik

Many congratulations to Jamie Harris and Toni Wilkinson on winning the Clemenson Nautilus Trophy at Royal Corinthian YC last weekend.
Also well done to Anna Wootton and Imogen Mayhew on winning the Silver Fleet.

Alf Simmonds Memorial Trophy - Sponsored by Zhik

Many congratulations to Jamie Harris and Toni Wilkinson on winning the Alf Simmonds Memorial Trophy at Stone Sailing Club last weekend.
Also well done to Beatrice Green and Daisy Nunn on winning the Silver Fleet.
For a full write up and photos and video footage of the event please click on the link 
Alf Simmonds Memorial Trophy

Frensham Pond Open Meeting

Another great Open Meeting hosted by the "Pondies" . Many Congratulations to Isobel and Emily Speirs on winning the event!  
Thanks to Megan Ferguson for this write up -
Frensham Pond Open Meeting 

Corinthian Otters Open Meeting - Sponsored by Zhik

A total of 23 boats arrived on a chilly but dry morning on 27th February 20016 for the first Open Event of the Cadet calendar at The Corinthian Otters in Burnham on Crouch. The Organisers had been watching the Forecast carefully all week and were very happy to find that the wind had dropped to give almost perfect conditions.

Slick pre-planning ensured we were ready to go as soon as possible in order to get the maximum 5 races in. The North Easterly wind direction was not ideal but PRO Edwin Buckley managed to set a course diagonally across the river with a reaching leg which, to the delight of the parents viewing from the club house brought the boats right across in front of the club.

Race one saw Waldringfield duo of Ellie Wootton & Amelia Meyhew in Zest (GBR9876) showing superior boat speed from the off. They lead from the outset and never looked like they would lose, until a navigational error saw then turn back up the beat, followed by several others, gifting race 1 to Hazel Whittle & Charlotte Leigh in Wizard (GBR8853), Second was Amy & Ben Goult in Aquillo (GBR9510) and third was Hattie and Hamish Collingridge in Mistofeles (GBR8553), All from Waldringfield.

Race 2 started in quick order and once again Zest was showing well, Ellie didn’t have it all her own way however with Isobel & Emily Speirs in True Colours (GBR9984) from Frensham vying for the lead all the way round. On the last reach to the finish It was the Speirs girls who managed to steel the win from Zest in second and not far behind was Finbar Wormell & Oscar Ferenczy in Leathal Menace (GBR8847) from Frensham.

Once again Edwin worked quickly to get race 3 underway and Zest were not going to be beaten this time. Ellie & Amelia sailed a faultless race to win from Katie Spark & Connor Line in Lift Off (9321) (Waldringfield) with Isobel & Emily coming in 3rd. It was then a dash ashore for a bowl of steaming hot Lasagne, which judging by the empty plates was very well received, a short rest then a return to the fray. All achieved within an hour or so.

Nobody knows what was in the Lasagne but it certainly agreed with local due Ben & Phoebe Barr sailing Whatever (GBR9027) from the Corinthian Otters. The wind had increased by a couple of knots and this seemed to suit the Burnham pair who lead round the 1st windward. Close in attendance were a clutch of others including the ever present Zest. Whatever & Zest contested the lead all the way round only for Ellie to make the same race 1 mistake again to let Ben & Phoebe in at the finish. Ellie recovered to hold onto 2nd with Hattie & Hamish taking 3rd.

The final race of the day left Ben and Phoebe thinking if only they had eaten Lasagne for breakfast what might have been as they lead away from the gun to eventually take their 2nd bullet of the day. An excellent performance from Finbar & Oscar secured second with the consistent Ellie & Amelia in 3rd. It was then back to shore for all the competitors to be greeted with a welcome cup of Hot Chocolate as they came off the water.

Once the points had been counted, Ellie & Amelia’s consistent sailing was enough to secure the event and the School Boy Trophy, which, coincidentally had been won by both Ellie’s Aunt & Mother when they were Otters in the dim and distant past. Isobel & Emily were second and Hattie and Hamish were third. Lucie Nunn and Ethan Davey won the spot prize finishing in lucky 13th place.

A great end to a great day which by all accounts had achieved what it set out to do:. Give high quality competitive racing before the first indicator with the bonus of being able to get an excellent view from a warm club house. My Thanks go to event sponsors Zhik and everyone who contributed to the organisation of the event. It is hoped we can do the same next year and into the future.

Matt Barr
Corinthian Otter Cadet Squadron Captain.

Final Results can be found here - RESULTS

UK Cadets Training hard for Argentinian Worlds....

Read more.... click here

10 minute Interviews

Have a look at a new feature which will be on going.... 10 minute interviews with ex cadet sailors from old and recent. Find out what they're up to and what inspired them... They can be found in the Side Menu Bar on the right of each page.....

Endeavour Trophy 2015 - RCYC

For those of you who don't know, The Endeavour Trophy Championship is a unique event in the UK dinghy sailing world. Held on the tidal waters of the rivers Crouch and Roach at the end of every year, it's an invitation only three day event, with the guest-list hand-picked from National Champions of selected recognised fleets. The RYA recognises The Endeavour as the pinnacle of that year's dinghy sailing achievements which will hail a 'Champion of Champions'.
This year, current Cadet National Champions; Jamie and Bettine Harris, were invited to take part in the event which took place last weekend. The boats used this year was the RS200. 

After a 3knot training session on Friday, Jamie and Bee started really well in the first race of the Endeavour on the rather tidal river Crouch, until the wind very quickly built to a force 4 or more. They had passed through the 1st gate in 4th place, with 6 times winner Nick Craig just behind them, but as the breeze strengthened they just didn’t have the power to keep it all going. They were far better on the Sunday, sailing good angles downwind and as the wind dropped, they placed higher up the result sheet. Sadly they lost  6th place on the final mark of the final race as  the exhausted Cadet team dropped the kite over the front! They managed to beat some of the adults overall and I am sure will fare even better if they win the opportunity to sail this classic prestigious event again. This is always a tough event for the Cadet sailors and finishing 18th was a great achievement considering the competition.

  For full Results - click RCYC - Endeavour Trophy

Cadet Inland National Championship

Congratulations to Jamie Harris and Antonia Wilkinson from Bristol Corinthian / Waldringfield / Frensham on becoming the 2015 Cadet Inland National Champions!

Silver Fleet Winners - Erin Marks and Tyghe Brown from Waldringfield SC

Bronze Fleet Winners - Cars Bland and Ines Green from Waldringfield SC

Final Results

Click here for the Full Report on the event  REPORT Courtesy of Ian Harris

Zhik Cadet National Championship

Congratulations to Jamie Harris and Bettine Harris from Bristol Corinthian / Waldringfield SC on becoming the 2015 Cadet National Champions!

Silver Fleet Winners - Harry and Alice Folkard from South Cerney SC

Bronze Fleet Winners - Anna Wootton and Amelia Mayhew from Waldringfield SC

Full Results -

Days 1 and 2 report here
Days 3 and 4 report here

Photographs of the event will be online soon at boarderphotos2010.com

Congratulations to everyone who took part in the World Championships and Promotional regatta at Riva del Garda. The standard of sailing was impressive throughout the fleet and the large British contingent was a credit to the UK class and all its clubs, both on and off the water. Bravo tutti! ('well done everyone' in actual Italian...). Full reports on the racing can be found here
Congratulations of course to Sam Abel and Hugo Allison (AUS) who won the regatta.

It was great regatta for Team GBR, and our roll of honour looks like this:
2nd overall and first under-16 helm: Archie Penn and Hazel Whittle (Waldringfiled SC)

5th overall: Tom Collyer and Cara Bland (Aldenham SC/Waldringfield SC)

6th overall and first girl helm: Daisy and Hamish Collingridge (Waldringfield SC)

7th overall and first under-15 helm: Jamie  and Bettine Harris (Bristol Corinthina SC)

10th overall: Lainey and Cally Terkelsen (Stone SC)
1st overall: Ryan Wilkinson and Hamish Taylor (Frensham Pond SC)
2nd overall: Aaron Chadwick and Freddie Simpson (FIsher's Green SC/Waldringfiled SC)
3rd overall: Alex and James Colquitt (West KIrby SC)

Postcard from Riva del Garda

Dear Friends,

The GBR contingent has been arriving here in waves since late last week. The early arrivals managed to get into town before the weekend holiday traffic jammed the roads, or in the case of Austria, jammed the whole country. By Sunday most of us were here exchanging stories of easy journeys through France and slow slogs through the Austrian Alps. Two teams had come via the French 420 Nationals in Brittany and one had come via a Laser event in Oporto – it seemed that any route that avoided Austria had been a good idea, even if it meant taking part in another event along the way. One RIB was still parked in Austria together with a car needing a new prop-shaft, and the 5th gear from a Saab was lost somewhere on an autobahn.

All the drama of the journey was worth it though as the view that greeted us is truly spectacular, with the mountains that surround the lake even more impressive in real life than they are in all the pictures. On Sunday the air was almost completely still in the morning but, as promised, the ‘Ora’, the local thermal wind generated by the juxtaposition of the mountains and lake, arrived on the dot of 1pm and 20 knots of warm summer breeze blew across the lake for the remainder of the afternoon. Three GBR boats ventured out (special mention to Cara Bland who had spent the night in a car travelling from Brittany) and reported back that the conditions were perfect.

On Monday travel stories were replaced with accommodation comparisons, with most people giving favourable reports of their apartments/hotel rooms/villas/tents (delete as appropriate) but finding the nights very hot. The wind was stronger and most of the Brits who had arrived got on the water for a short session before the coached sailing began with the arrival of World Team coaches, Toms Mallindine and Mapplebeck, on Tuesday. With 2014 Worlds podium Cadet sailor Lucy Terkelsen looking after the promotional fleet, everyone got out for a long session in the afternoon and the GBR boat park was full of happy faces when they returned to shore early in the evening. Wednesday served up another good breeze although sailing was curtailed a little earlier by a couple of thunderstorms that rolled across the lake. Special mention this time for Ellie Wootton and Kate White in ‘Zest’ who broke their forestay and dropped their rig on Tuesday and ripped a spinnaker on Wednesday. On both occasions they had their boat repaired and back on the water ultra-quickly and missed very little time sailing. As I write this now (Thursday lunchtime) a repaired car and previously stranded RIB have just arrived, and the promotional sailors are launching, with the Worlds team due to follow them out shortly. The team are taking their coaches out to dinner tonight (we'll send the local paparazzi after them), tomorrow will be taken up with measurement and the event finally gets underway with a practice race and the opening ceremony on Saturday.

Your correspondent has the race-reporting duties for the event so won’t get the chance to post more here. Follow progress on both the Cadet Worlds and GBRCadet Facebook pages, The Worlds website and on Twitter.

Anglia Factors Waldringfield Open Meeting
Congratulations to Megan Ferguson and Yasmin Sfaxi, who won a hard-fought meeting in excellent conditions. Thanks as always to Waldringfield SC for their great hospitality. Full report by Squadron Captain Andreww Nunn here

West Kirby Open Meeting  Roller Coaster to Champagne sailing in a weekend!
The WKSC Cadet Open 2015 had plans for 2 days of racing (Saturday tidal, Sunday on The Marine lake), the weather was not going to alter these plans. The visitors duly arrived to take in the views and the atmosphere, amazed at what a beautiful venue West Kirby was. The weather had different idea's though, strong gusts and a 6ft swell (wind over tide) were to greet them.
So in the style of Jeremy Clarkson:
Some may say that Cadet sailors are made of stern stuff, some may say they are a trifle mad, they may be right!
After a quick swap round of crews to suit conditions 10 Cadets launched into the challenging seas, only 6 made it the start line. Race one got off to a flying start with GBR 8561 Alex and James Colquitt first to the windward mark, would anyone dare to fly the kite, yes! GBR 8561 gaining a commanding lead over its nearest rival. Lap one went to the home boat, however lap two saw them go for a swim dashing their hopes of a win. GBR 9963 decided to join in the fun with Aliya and Aqil Jannaty also going for a dip, they did come back up with a dry boat though showing that GRP does have advantages. GBR 9050 Jamie & Bettine Harris took the more cautious approach tacking around the gybe mark and leaving the spinnaker in its bag, on the day caution paid off and they finished the race in 1st place.
Round 1 to the visitors, prizes (for nerves of steel and courage) to the home boat.

1st    GBR 9050 Jamie & Bettine Harris
2nd   GBR 9963 Aliya & Aqil; Jannaty
3rd    GBR 9317 Aaron Chadwick & Rosie Targett
4th    GBR 8561 Alex & James Colquitt
5th    GBR 9077 Simon Hall & Ernie Cockram (Feva squad sailors)
DNF GBR 8289 Rob Giardelli & Ella Marston
It is worth noting that all 6 are (or have been) squad sailors
A quick con flap between Allen Gregory/Peter Williams(RO's), Mike Mayhew (Safety) & Steve Jardine (Welsh RYA Director) and the racing was duly abandoned for the day.
The visiting sailors were now treated to a welcome tour around the lake, West Kirby sailing club and a tasty indoor BBQ. The excitement was still tangible, great tales of high seas, capsizes and even a video of Aqils exploits, a great day for all to remember. In years to come, the wave’s will have been 15ft high and the wind will have been at least 40 knots, but for now it made for great dreams of adventure. 

Day two came in with brilliant sunshine, 18'c and a NW 10/12knots breeze, you couldn't ask for anything more. With 4 races to fit in to the schedule, an early start was required. The first race of the day saw GBR 8561 take the lead but by lap 2 GBR 9050 reading the shifts, pulled ahead to win.The racing was now getting tighter with Aliya & Aqil getting some great starts and Arron & Rosie snapping at the the leaders heels throughout. The final race of the day finished with literally inches between the lead boats, their crews blowing into their spinnakers to give imagined hopes of an advantage.
Final Results of 5 races
1st    GBR 9050 Jamie & Bettine Harris                   (5 points)
2nd   GBR 8561 Alex & James Colquitt                   (6 points)
2nd   GBR 9963 Aliya & Aqil; Jannaty                     (10 points)
4th    GBR 9317 Aaron Chadwick & Rosie Targett  (15 points)
5th    GBR 6901 Ella Marston & George Colquitt    (1st U13yrs)
6th    GBR 9077 Ernie Cockram & Simon Hall         (Most Improved)
of 12 entries

On to the prize giving which was generously sponsored by Simon Butterworth of Virtual Rigging, a good and long time friend to both Cadets and WKSC.
An acceptance speech from Jamie Harris and a promise that both he and Bettine would be back at WKSC for the 2016 Cadet open followed the prize giving, then the feeding frenzy began as sailors raced off to be first to the party table, this was won by James Colquitt (there's a surprise!).
A great weekend, great sailing and many more friends made across the sailing fraternity.
A big thank you to all our helpers, the event wouldn't have been the great success it was without you. 
Now to plan 2016!
Paul Colquitt
WKSC Cadet Class Captain

The 2015 Cadet GBR World Team!

The selector series is now over and the UKNCCA are very proud to announce their World Team who will go on to represent Team GBR at the Cadet Worlds in Lake Garda this summer.

Daisy and Hamish Collingridge - Waldringfield SC
Jamie and Bettine Harris - Bristol Corinthian YC
Tom Collyer and Cara Bland - Aldenham and Waldringfield SC
Lainey and Cally Terkelsen - Stone SC
Archie Penn and Hazel Whittle - Waldringfield SC
Ed Harris and Anna Wootton - Waldringfield SC
Lucy Corby and Oliver Payne - King George SC

We wish you every success and with your coaches Tom Mallindine and Tom Mapplebeck, you will be worked hard to be ready for a great event.

Clemenson Nautilus Trophy - WPNSA

WPNSA came up with the goods yet again! What a fantastic weekend and close to the Cadet Selector Series.
The top 3 boats were all tied on the same points and the results were decided on countback.

Many congratulations to Lainey and Cally Terkelsen for sailing a superb event and winning the Clemenson Nautilus Trophy.
Congratulations to Aaron Chadwick and Ayisa Burke - winners of the Silver Fleet
Congratulations to Rosie Targett and George Colquitt - winners of the Bronze Fleet

Boats For Sale
The web-hosts for our For Sale Room has been through an upgrade and sadly no longer compatible for us to use. Thank you to Empowered-Sytems for hosting this for us for free over the years.
The solution for the time being is to use Apollo Duck to advertise your boats. The Link on this website now points to the Cadet Page on Apollo Duck.

Cadet Sailing at Burnham
The Burnham Otters Open, orignally schedule for the 17th, has been  cancelled, but the home fleet is going strong and chalked up a notable success last weekend. Fresh from finishing 3rd at the Alf Simmonds Memorial Trophy, Scarlet Anderson and Amy Shepard finished 1st in the RCYC VE-Day Pursuit Race, escaping a pursuing pack of RS Fevas, RS200s, Flying Fifteens, Squibs and Dragons. Well done to both and enjoy those chocolates!

Alf Simmonds Memorial Trophy and 2nd World Team selector sponsored by Zhik
Congratulations to Tom Collyer and Cara Bland  (Aldenham/Waldringfield) on winning the second World Team selector over the Bank Holiday weekend at Brightlingsea, and well done to everyone who took part. It was a wild and windy weekend! Y and Y report here. Full results here Selector series so far here

Frensham Pond Open Meeting

Congratulations to Anna Morgan and Jemima Hill (FPSC) winners of the Frensham Pond Open Meeting. 2nd place went to Isobel and Emily Speirs (also FPSC) and 3rd place (preventing a clean sweep for the home club) was taken by West Kirby's  well-travelled pairing, Alex and James Colquitt. Y and Y report here. Full results here


Fisher's Green Open Meeting

15 boats enjoyed the first Open Meeting of the year at Fisher's Green SC on 19th April. Congratulations to the winners for the second year, Lucy Corby and Ollie Payne (pictured with FGSC commodore Kevin O'Brien). Full Y and Y here. Full results here

.....after Cadets? At Uni and want to keep sailing?

Ex-Cadets perform at BUSA or Why the Cadet is so good to prepare you for a life in sailing!

Last week twenty eight university teams met in Nottingham to compete for the 61st annual BUSA (British University Sailing Association) team racing championships. There were nine ex-Cadets taking part. In the winning team, Cambridge Blue, two of the helms were ex-Cadets; Josh Flack and former double Cadet National Champion Arthur Henderson. In the third place team, Loughborough, Katie Barr was crewing. The universities go through rounds of winter sailing in teams of three boats, currently Fireflies, in order to qualify. They then have three days of intense racing with short races in a Swiss league. The eight teams at the top of the table then sail in a knock out competition which leads to a final, decided by the best of five races. This year the title went down to the last leg of the last race between Cambridge and Oxford.  Could this be you in the future?

Don't forget - when applying to University, if you've sailed in a Cadet Squad, it will count towards your entry points! It's also great on your personal statement and could help you gain a place!

Cadet UKJS 2015/16 Notice of Selection
The Cadet UKJS 2015/16 Notice of Selection is now available to view on the RYA website here.

Congratulations Daisy and Hamish Collingridge, winners of the Peter Scott Trophy and first World Team Selector event at Rutland Water over Easter. Full Yachts and Yachting report here.

Rutland Open Training - This year we have set the fees at £30 per sailor! This is a subsidised rate and we hope you take advantage of this great offer and come and join the Open Training. Even just to give you some practice sailing at Rutland before the selector event.
To Enter the Open Training: Simply enter in the same way as the event and pay the same account as on the NOR section 3.4 but use the following reference: OT/Sailor id no eg: OT15000.  Sort: 203698. Account: 43730263 - please send separate payment to event.

Entries now open for the 1st Selector...

The entries are now open for the 1st Selector at Rutland. Click on the Selector Series tab on the menu bar.  Entry is simple but please follow the instructions accurately - this is very important - do not enter without the information needed.

Step 1. You will have already joined the UKNCCA and have your membership number. If not please join before proceeding.
Step 2. Click on the Selector Series tab and Open the N.O.R. (Notice of Race)
Step 3. Follow the payment instructions in 3.4 using the payment reference as noted. Please be accurate! Sort: 203698. Account: 43730263
Step 4. That's it - done! There is no entry form needed as your UKNCCA membership is sufficient - just pay and turn up.

Note: You will be able to enter all 3 events at a discount. The NOR will detail how this is done. Each event is £87 per boat or buy all 3 for £201 - £67 each!
Deadline for the early entry discount of £77 is Friday 13th March. Entries after this date are at the full price of £87/boat

You will be automatically entered into the Fleet that is shown on the Fleet Protocol list if you sailed last year. Don't worry if you are not on this list, it is because you weren't in last year's rankings. Please read the fleet protocol policy at the end of the NOR for how this works. The Fleet allocations can be found by clicking here

Portland to Argentina...
One lucky Cadet sailor; Jamie Tointon, sailed his Cadet in early on Sunday at the WPNSA training weekend. Only to be whisked off to the airport and on his way to Buenos Aries, Argentina to join our Cadet friends over there. This is something the Argentinian Cadet Class are keen to do more of by way of a "school exchange" and keep costs minimal. Jamie is also taking GCSE Spanish so he will be tested!

It's a great experience and we'll be posting photos of Jamie's adventure...... Thanks to The Pruden Family for arranging this wonderful opportunity. Mind you, that's a funny looking Cadet...?

Subscription Renewal
Please remember that subs are due January 2015 - it's important to the class that these are paid in good time and your help with this is very much appreciated.
Click the link above and email the form to ukncca@gmail.com

Chairman's Blog
Please click on the link for the Chairman's Xmas Blog.... There is some important information that you will need to know about.

New UK Built Cadet....!
We are pleased to announce the arrival of Synergy Marine's new GRP Cadet. Test sailed at the Graffham training event and now fully measured. Simon Cox has worked hard to develop a boat that retains all the great characteristics of the wooden boats. The result is a very stiff and strong Cadet that will last for many years.
Orders are being placed now and an introductory offer is announced until the end of December.
For more info contact Synergy Marine directly
Synergy Marine

The 2014 Season .... through the eyes of RYA Coach Jonny McGovern

Just two visiting boats made the journey to Barnt Green, reputed to be the oldest Cadet Squadron in the world,  in order to join three home boats for their 2014 Cadet Open. The forecast promised a South Westerley of 20 knots but this failed to materialise, and races were held in a cold 5-10 knots of breeze, with light showers at times.

Race 1 got under way, with the sibling pairing of Alex and James Colquitt taking a decent early lead from  Lucy Corby and Ollie Payne. Local boys Cameron Baines and Finley Moss rounded 3rd, hotly pursued by the girls Emily Mason and Eleanor Bailey with Julian Kieley and Ed Onions bringing up the rear. Conditions were difficult as Lucy/Ollie slowly gained on Alex/James before finally passing them on a mark rounding and pulling out a reasonable lead to take the win. Cameron/Finley took a comfortable 3rd whilst the final two pairings of Emily/Eleanor, battled it out and changed positions right to the finish, with the girls pipping the boys on the line.

Barnt Green have a fabulous clubhouse overlooking the water, where hot lunch was served, setting the young sailors up for the 2 final races in the afternoon.
Race 2 started in light winds and once again saw Alex/James drift around the windward mark ahead of Lucy/Ollie. This was short lived however as Lucy /Ollie passed Alex/James on the first reach and slowly pulled away. Positions which were held until the finish. Cameron/Finley once again finished 3rd, whilst Julian/Ed managed to hold onto 4th this time, ahead of Emily/Eleanor.
After a short break back ashore the final race got underway, this time seeing Lucy / Ollie round the windward mark ahead of  Alex/James with Cameron/Finley, very close behind. Lucy/Ollie didn't get it all their own way though, with Alex/James taking the lead for part of the race. Lucy/Ollie eventually led the fleet home with Alex/James 2nd, Cameron/Finley 3rd and Julian/Ed once again managing to hold off Emily and Eleanor to take 4th.
Overall Lucy/Ollie won the meeting with three wins, whilst local team, Cameron and Finley took home the Midlands Cadet Area Trophy. 
The visiting Sailors and Parents would like to thank Barnt Green Sailing Club for their warm hospitality, their great race management and of course the fab food.
(Thanks to Steve Corby for the report and pictures)

Chairman's Blog

Dear all, please click on the link for the first "Chairman's Blog" with some updates and dates for your diaries

Squad Selections
Congratulations to all the sailors who have achieved a squad place!
This year the squads will be coached by:
National Squad - Mike Macnamara & tbc
RYA Junior Squad - Jonny McGovern & Tom Mallindine
Intermediate Squad - Ed Impey & Alex Corby
Junior Development Squad - Jodie Green & Katrina Brewer

You might not have got into the squad of your choice but all squads will receive great training and of course will come together for racing from time to time. Make the most of the training you get and go and demonstrate your ability on the race course next year!  Remember - two boats last year went from Intermediate Squad into the World Team...!
Anything is possible.....!!!

Fisher's Green Open Meeting
Congratulations to Lucy Corby and Ollie Payne on winning the Fisher's Green open meeting! Well done also to Lainey and Cally Terkelsen who finished a close second and clinched the Eastern Traveller's series. Full report here

Lucy and Ollie with Fisher's Green commodore Kevin O'Brien.

RYA Zone Championships
A beautiful weekend for those on shore at Dabchicks SC in West Mersea but a very hard weekend sailing on the water. A big high pressure meant little wind which combined with big tides made for some tough conditions. No sailing on Saturday and 3 races on Sunday.

After a large protest for redress - well done to Robert Keen and Hamish Collingridge winning on countback. Lainey and Cally Terkesen in 2nd place and Archie Penn and Hazel Whittle in 3rd. Only 2 points separated these three!
For full results
click here.

Photos of the events thanks to Jonathan Dakin - Dabchicks Photos

Inland Championships - Grafham Water
Another great weekend's sailing fro the Inlands and Bart's Bash race.

Congratulations to:
Bart's Bash
Lainey and Cally Terkelsen - Inland Champions 2014
Emily and Rebecca Mitchel - Silver Fleet Winners
Rosie Targett and Rebecca Videlo - Bronze Fleet Winners

Tom Collyer and Cara Bland - Bart's Bash Winners

For photos of the event go to sailingphotos.co
Full results click here

Parkstone Open Meeting
A great open at Parkstone on Sunday...
Full write up

Photos and Videos - Nationals and Worlds

Thanks to Yunus Jannaty of SCSC for the following video footage and photos:

Worlds Video Clip     Red Arrows Flypast      Red Arrows Display     Photos - Nationals     Photos - Worlds

Cadet Squads - Applications Now Need to be sent...

Click here for 2014-15 Squad Selection Criteria Version 2 - Please note age changes
Click here for
Squad Application Form

Entry is open for the RYA Zone Championships - Enter Here

For RYA Cadet UK Junior Squad - Please see the notice of selection - NOS
RYA Cadet UK Junior Squad - Application

Please send your application for the squad(s) you would like to be considered for. With the recent events only just finishing, we will announce the UKNCCA National Squad soon. Please send your applications in asap. If you are wishing to transition and not looking to get into a squad please also let us know.

2014 Selector Series and Individual Event Results - All Fleets

2014 World Team Selection Series
2014 Alf Simmonds Memorial Trophy RESULTS
2014 Clemenson Nautilus Trophy RESULTS
2014 Peter Scott Trophy RESULTS

Cadet National and World Championships 2014
Wow! What an event! I have had many emails from various people saying how much they enjoyed the 2 weeks. There was an enormous amount of work done behind the scenes both in the months preceding the event and during. We need to say a huge thank you to Andy Shorrock and Clare Corby, without whom, the event just would not have happened - thank you!

It also goes without saying, that we are incredibly lucky to have the facility of the WPNSA available to us. Brilliantly run by Peter Allam and Sally Reynoldson with their team and volunteers. So many of our over-seas visitors commented on how spectacular it was!

Thanks also to our ever helpful rib owners, again without the safety cover there's no racing! Also our Results team of Daxa Jannaty and Mary Lloyd - did you know that results were live on this website within minutes of the following race being started..? How great is that!

Thank you Yunus Jannaty for the " pièce de la résistance "....... The Red Arrows.!!! What amazing timing! It was truly awesome - I'm still getting goose bumps thinking about it now!

Finally - A huge thank you to Andy Shorrock for his 2 years at the helm of the UKNCCA. He'll be a tough act to follow and what he has done behind the scenes you'd be amazed..!

Keep Checking this website for updates. Get your training forms in asap. But most of all get involved! Come and join the events and see how remarkable the Cadet Family really is.

See you on the water!
Howard Warrington

2014 Nationals - WPNSA

See below for the write up's for what was a fantastic Nationals! What a venue, what sailors and boy... what a wind!!

Congratulations to Alex Page and Aaron Chadwick on becoming National Champions!
Congratulations to Cesar Smet and Emile Mariem of Belgium on winning the Open Championships

Click Here
Day 1 - Champagne Sailing..!
Day 2 - Bertha Blow Out!
Day 3 - Awesome & Epic..!!
Day 4 - Champagne sailing again with Belgian Chocolates!
Photos - Click here

Stone Open Meeting - Sponsored by Virtual Rigger

Another great Open Meeting at Stone SC on the river Blackwater...
here for full write up
Well done to Tom Collyer and Aaron Chadwick – Aldenham SC & Fishers Green on Winning the event!

Circumnavigation By Cadet Mum..!
See how one of Waldringfield's parents raised funds for the World Championships. Read more

Waldringfield Cadet Week - Sponsored by Seamark Nunn, Gill & Harken
Now into it's 3rd day. Cadet Fleet and Laser Radial Fleet with lots of our ex cadets. Always a great week at Waldringfield with camping, games and great sailing in this beautiful part of Suffolk.....!
Follow the action here...! Day 1  Day 2  Day 3 End of Week Report

Waldringfield Open Meeting

Another great weekend Waldringfield for their Open Meeting. Mixed weather and winds made for a challenging event.
Congratulations to Lucy & Cally Terkelsen for a dominating win.
For full write up
click here

Flanders Youth Regatta & Belgian National Championships

Results - 2014 Flanders Youth Regatta

Again team GBR dominate the Flanders event. 1st 2nd and 3rd all GBR and with 1 point between them!
Great racing in challenging conditions as always. From force 1 - 6 they got the lot! This is also the 1st time the Belgian National Trophy has been out of the country!

Congratulations to all of Team GBR for taking part in this prestigious event. If you've not been, go next year!

1st Alex Warrington / Anna Wootton 8541
2nd Lucy / Cally Terkelsen 8532
3rd Willow / Cara Bland 9962

Barnt Green Worlds Fundraiser

Many thanks to Barnt Green Sailing Club for holding a fund raising evening in aid of the 2014 World Championships. Some great Cadet history at Barnt Green SC and the crew of Cadet 48 was there with a photo of her sailing at Burnham! Click here for more and see the photo.

South Cerney Open Meeting

A great 36 boat turn out for the South Cerney Open. Congratulations to Ross and Jake Thompson on winning the event.

For full Yachts and Yachting write up
click here

West Kirby Open Meeting

The Cadet Squad would like to welcome all class sailors to West Kirby SC for our Cadet Open on the 5th/6th July.
We have an exciting two days racing lined up for you, a Saturday night BBQ and Prize Raffle (in support of the 2014 Worlds). All situated at one of the most beautiful sailing venues in the North of England, check out the cadet open poster for further information (please advise if you would like to attend/catering numbers etc).
The following are recommendations for accommodation on The Wirral Peninsular, we also have some cadet families who offered accommodation if needed, why not make the trip, you won't be disappointed. 
Premier Inn  http://www.premierinn.com/en/checkHotel/WIRGLE/wirral-heswall                                                                                 http://www.premierinn.com/en/checkHotel/WIRTWE/wirral-greasby
Holiday Inn  http://www.hiexpress.com/hotels/gb/en/hoylake/lplhl/hoteldetail

Paul (Colquitt) 
WKSC Cadet Class

Tamesis and Otter Open Meetings

Read the report click here
Congratulations to Megan Ferguson and Yasmin Sfaxi on winning the Tamesis Open

29er Newcomer Skills Open Training
We are arranging a weekend of 29er Skills Open Training for newcomers on 28-29 June at Rutland. It is aimed at those with racing experience looking to transfer from junior classes into the 29er youth class.
We have some great coaches lined up for the weekend which will focus on introducing skills specific to the 29er and skiff sailing generally. It will enable the teams attending to start developing good habits over the summer before the class open/RYA training season starts in September.
Details are on the events page of our website www.29er.org.uk and places are limited (but we will be running more training from September).  Any questions can be directed to Andy Hill at trainingofficer@29ersailing.org.uk or myself at membership@29ersailing.org.uk.
Many thanks and best regards

The 2014 GBR Cadet World Team

After 3 fantastic events at Datchet, Weymouth and Stone, this year's team has been decided. The series finished with a closely fought battle for the last 3 places and it was down to the wire with some excited sailors and emotional parents!

The series finished in the following order:
Willow and Cara Bland  - Waldringfield SC
Lucy and Cally Terkelsen - Stone SC
Alex Page and Aaron Chadwick - Brightlingsea / Fishers Green SC
Alex Warrington and Anna Wootton - Thorpe Bay YC / Waldringfield SC
Ross and Jake Thompson - Frensham Pond SC / Royal Lymington YC
Lucy Corby and Ollie Payne - King George SC
Ben Shorrock and Ellie Watling - Frensham Pond SC
Tom Collyer and Francis Butterworth - Aldenham SC
Louis Mellor and Rosie Targett - Frensham Pond SC
Daisy and Hattie Collingridge - Waldringfield SC

Many congratulations to you all! It was a great series with variable winds across the scale. We look forward to following your progress and wish Team GBR every success at the World Championships in August.

Peter Scott Tropy - 3rd World Team Selector

Another great event at Stone SC this weekend. Fabulous weather, breeze and a good tide to contend with!.

Full Yachts and Yachting report
click here

Congratulations to Alex Page and Aaron Chadwick on winning the event. Full Results here
Congratulations to James Hague and Rishi Goswami for winning the Bronze Fleet. Full Results

John Wilson

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of John Wilson on Saturday 3rd of May.  John was a very generous and colourful character and a huge supporter of the Cadet Class for many years.

His son Jack qualified for the GBR World team in 2012 and was accompanied by John and family to Hobart in December 2012 for the Cadet World Championships.

Our thoughts are with Nikki, Stephanie, Jack and Juliette at this difficult time. John will be sorely missed but many, many fond memories will live on.

Photos of John, Nikki and Juliette in Hobart supporting Jack (GBR735)


Clemenson Nautilus Trophy

Final Results:
click here
Congratulations to Ross and Jake Thompson from Frensham Pond SC and Royal Lymington YC on their superb win!

Congratulations also to our Bronze Fleet winners - Amy and Ben Goult from Frensham Pond SC

Full Yachts & Yachting report -
Click Here

Check the event website and re run all the action via the Sailracer GPS Trackers. How did you do?

See who sailied the shortest beat and the fastes reach!  Weymouth Live

Waldringfield Easter Egg

A strong turnout of Cadets at the Waldringfield Easter Egg Open Meeting saw 50 young sailors in 25 boats battling some eggstreme conditions on Good Friday and Easter Saturday. The enthusiastic home fleet were joined by visitors from Brightlingsea, Alton Water and Stone all assembling for some good competition on the usually picturesque River Deben.
The tides and local knowledge always make Waldringfield a challenging venue and that is perhaps part of the reason why the Club produces so many good sailors from its Cadet Squadron but this year the cold, strong wind added to the adversity these keen young sailors had to deal with.
On Good Friday rather surprisingly the Race Officer elected to sail 3 races back to back. Willow and Cara Bland quickly established their dominance by winning all three in The Great Escape -aptly named as was shown in race 3 where they recovered from a poor start to escape from the middle of the pack to take the lead. Alex Page and Aaron Chadwick in Gnat from Brightlingsea / Alton Water were 2nd in race 1 with Lucy and Cally Terkelsen 2nd in races 2 and 3 having travelled from Stone for the first day only. The attrition rate was high principally due to the cold with only 11 boats completing the third race compared to 18 finishers in race 1 but there was plenty of evidence of excellent sailing as the Force 5/6 gusts from the North East failed to capsize many and most flew their spinnakers at every opportunity. The fact that a Wayfarer was timed doing 12 knots (yes really that is possible) evidenced that it was a day not for the feint hearted!
Day 2 and more breeze but this time some sunshine too. Also a request to the Race Officer not to have the Cadets waiting so long between races appeared to have been actioned. Race 4 saw the fleet starting half way to Galleons and then setting off downriver to The Rocks where a quick leeward/windward sorted out the runners and riders. This time Alex and Aaron took the lead and were chased home to the Clubline finish by Willow and Cara.
After a break, Race 5 took place on a tight figure of 8 just downriver of the Club and there were many places to be gained and lost as the Cadets had to weave their way around the course and ensure they were not fouled by the fleets of Squibs, Wayfarers, OKs, Larks, Lasers, Laser Radials, Fireflies and Mirrors. With 99 boats entered across the different classes it was fast and furious and the wind was still blowing Force 4 to boot.  Alex and Aaron again came in 1st but with another 2nd place Willow and Cara had secured victory without needing to sail race 6. They were not ready to stop though and Race 6 saw a return to a Bland, Page one-two.
Places in the rest of the fleet were hard won and lost. Only 3 points separated 5th place from 3rd with Archie Penn and Hazel Whittle being rewarded for their consistency leading home Sam Yale and Harry Chatterton and Ed Harris and Faye Chatterton.
At the prize giving there were more chocolate eggs than Augustus Gloop would have known what to do with and no Cadet sailor went home empty-handed...just reward for some massive performances in these windy conditions.
1st Willow and Cara Bland, The Great Escape, 6pts
2nd Alex Page and Aaron Chadwick, Gnat, 9pts
3rd Archie Penn and Hazel Whittle, Wizard, 21pts
4th Sam Yale and Harry Chatterton, Out of the Blue, 24pts
5th Ed Harris and Faye Chatterton, Mostly Harmless, 24pts
6th Emily and Becky Mitchell, Great Wight, 34pts
7th Katie Spark and Lia Fletcher, Lift Off, 44pts
8th Hattie Collingridge and Daisy Nunn, Mistoffelees, 46pts
9th Suzie Gosling and Luke Minchin, Cool Runnings, 47pts
10th Angus Collingridge and Amelia Mayhew, Space Cadet, 57pts

Alf Simmonds Memorial Trophy

Results click here
Congratulations to Willow and Cara Bland from Waldringfield SC for a fantastic victory!

Full Yachts and Yachting report here

Photos of the event ©Tristan Beckett Photography Click here

Check the event website to re run the races and see the photos posted live at the weekend.

For those not able to be there, you can watch all the racing as it happens, live on the web!
Follow the link and enjoy the racing!
Racing Live!
Racing starts at 11:00 Saturday 5th April.


Measurement Info for Datchet Selector
Two sets of sails can be used for the event and they must be stamped or recorded as part of the equipment inspection process. If further sails are needed at any point during the event the competitor must seek permission from the race officer.
Painters, Buoyancy Aids, Buckets and Paddles
As you enter the inspection area, please make sure you present the following;
A floating painter, minimum diameter 6mm and at least 5m in length. (C.5.2a1)
A paddle. (C.5.2a2)
Wooden boats; a bucket (min. 5 litres) that can be securely attached. (C.5.1a1)
Appropriate buoyancy aids for both helm and crew. (C.3.1b)
Please be aware that a boat and equipment can be inspected at any point during the event.
 There will not be the opportunity to measure sails prior to the event.

Karl Terkelsen
Class Measurer


Crew Wanted / Crew Available

Further to a suggestion at a recent parents meeting. You will notice on the Events Page, a new table.  If you are looking for a crew or would like to offer yourself as a crew at a particular event please send:

Crew Wanted  -  Sail Number, Name, Email, Events Wanted
Crew Available  -  Name, Email, Events Available

Class Administrator   We will then add you to the list. Please also let us know if you have found a partner.

Cadet Newsletter

Please click on the link for the latest newsletter from the Class Chairman.


 Entry to the World Team Selectors

Dear All,
Please find the link below that will take you to the events website for the Worlds Selector Series.
Enter the World Team Selector Series
This year, the Class are using Sailracer, who will also be providing the GPS Race tracking service at the Selector events;  Alf Simmonds Memorial Trophy, Clemenson Nautilus Trophy and Peter Scott Trophy.
I hope that you will agree that the website is very user friendly and runs from a number of clear tabs that will be enable the Class to:
  • Easily display Race Notices, documentation, updates as well as entries
  • Easily upload results from the event.
  • Display photos and video
There have been a few “teething” problems in getting the website information correct to capture all the required data. Thank you for your patience but I am pleased that now is all ready to go.
The Class look forward to seeing you enter as soon as possible and to a great selection series.
Best wishes,
Andy Shorrock
UKNCCA Chairman

World Team Selection Notice 2014

Please see the notice of selection for the 2014 GBR Cadet World Team. Please read the document carefully as it will detail the process of selection and the qualifying events for this year's team.

Good Luck everyone!!

Race Tracking Innovation for the Cadet Class
(Dinghy Show, Alexander Palace 1st March 2014)

The UK Cadet Class Association working in partnership with SailRacer is delighted to announce for the World Team Selector Series this year GPS tracking will enable family and friends to watch the action real-time via the web from anywhere in the World. This means for folks in the club house, parents confined to an office or grandparents far away the latest technology can keep them as informed of proceedings as if they were on the water.
SailRacer will be providing the live GPS Tracking and online commentary for the Cadet Class World Selector Series over the spring, leading up to the 2014 Cadet Worlds in August.  All Cadets will be fitted with SailRacer’s proven GPS trackers, which will allow online spectators to view the action, live.  Detailed analysis such as speeds and VMG allow a greater understanding of the race, with gains and losses clearly demonstrated.  The SailRacer tracking system is proving to be a great coaching tool, already helping the UK Cadet Squads in their preparations for the 2014 Worlds in August at WPNSA, the 2012 Olympic Sailing Venue.  From experience of SailRacer coverage of other events, it is expected many tens of thousands of people will follow the Cadet action.
About the Cadet Class
The UK National Cadet Class Association (UKNCCA) exists to organize, promote and deliver outstanding sail racing events for children in the Cadet boat. The Cadet boat is a one-design, three-sail symmetric spinnaker dinghy specifically designed and built for a crew of two children up to the age of 17. The fleet in the UK is flourishing with a turnout of over 70 boats at the 2013 National Championships held at Abersoch, North Wales in August. The UKNCCA is hosting the 2014 World Championships at the Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy (WPNSA), site of the sailing events for the London 2012 Olympic Games.

For children, sailing a Cadet offers the following

·Fun - Sailing is physically and mentally challenging; it provides a competitive environment with a strong sense of fair play

·Friends - Children make friends locally and all over the country; they learn how to work as a team with the older helms learning to take responsibility for their younger crews.

·Adventure - Sailing in all weathers; making decisions with constantly changing conditions; competing all over the world with the best in the world

·Learning - Understanding the dynamics of setting up the boat; assessing the implications of tidal, wind and weather conditions on your plans; the competitive nature of the sport all contribute to the intellectual development of these young people.

Sailing with the UK Cadet Class in particular facilitates the development of confident, creative and dynamic young people. Participation in UK-wide Cadet Class events introduces children to a wider circle of friends and acquaintances. The Cadet boat at 3.2m in length is specifically designed for juniors with an upper age limit of 17 years. Designed as a double handed, three-sail dinghy sailed and raced worldwide by a helm and crew. The Cadet provides a three sail experience which demands teamwork to achieve the best results. Skills gained in this symmetric boat can be transferred to any other class or size of sailing boat in use today.

About SailRacer

SailRacer are Passionate About Sailing – and focus that passion as a leading provider of online services to sailors, sailing clubs, classes and events, offering administration and communication tools, entry systems, results, event management solutions and event websites. Our objective is to maximise the use of technology to leverage sailing, minimize administrative effort by event organizers, achieve seamless integration between systems, promote standardization and deliver value to the sport.

For more information please contact:
UK National Cadet Class Association on Stand B30 at the Dinghy Show or
email us
SailRacer on Stand C84 or via Sailracer.co.uk

Nick Craig - Training the Cadets at Frensham Pond Sailing Club 8TH February 2014

For those unaware of Nick’s credentials he has won over 35 world and national titles in both single handed and double handed boats (but not the Cadet Nationals!!) He was recently awarded yachtsman of the year beating Sir Ben Ainslie. Yachts and Yachting have featured him as "Perhaps the Best Amateur Dinghy Sailor in England?" As Nick sails at Frensham we charged all entries £4 to take part in the morning training session all money will be going to help Fund the Cadet Worlds at Weymouth and we have now reach one of our goals of £250.
Y&Y Interview with Nick Craig
Nick started his briefing with the children in the clubhouse, while the parents ran around getting as many rescue boats out as possible due to the forecast for the day being 28 – 42 knots.
Nick thought that it would be a good idea to get the children on the water as soon as possible as the forecast at midday was looking extremely windy.
After several short races using the box starting line, every cadet had a least one capsize.  Then the strong wind came in so quickly one gust knocked all but two cadets over, it was defiantly a spectator sport from the clubhouse.
The morning session was finished off with a 45 minute race which Ben Shorrock won with only 1 capsize. 
The afternoon club race saw only a hand full of cadets racing due to the strong winds and once again Ben Shorrock won the race.
Despite the conditions all of the cadets enjoyed themselves and benefited from Nicks vast experience for which they were all grateful.
For his part Nick came of the water frozen and commented “I had forgotten how cold it was sitting in a Rib”, but was pleased with the session and we all look forward to another opportunity in the near future.

Dear All,

I’d like to wish you all happy New Year. 2014 is sure to be exciting for Cadets in the UK with the World Championships taking place at Weymouth in August. Wherever you are sailing your Cadet, be sure to try your best, have fun and make lots of friends.

We have had a few delays getting the membership renewal system in place, but this is now working live with SailRacer, a new provider to the Cadet Class. I am sure you will have seen their website in other classes.

We have moved to SailRacer for a number of reasons, namely:

  • Being able to enter for multiple events via one website;

  • Results being available online much faster than before;

  • Other classes and the RYA will have better visibility of Cadet activities.

Please can I ask you all to renew your memberships as soon as possible and support your Class as we set up some great events and fun sailing this year.


See you all soon.

Best Wishes,


Christmas News Letter....

xmas message

Yachts and Yachting......

.....article announcing the Cadet Worlds 2014 and our search for support to make this an event to remember!

click here to see article

Winter Squad Training...

The second session of the Class Squad training took place last weekend at Weymouth and Porland Sailing Academy - Venue for the 2014 World Championship.

here for full write up.

Cadet World Championship 2014

Speaking at the Weymouth & Portland National Sailing Academy, Chairman Andy Shorrock started the the fund raising campaign for the 2014 Cadet World Championship.

"we are looking for supporters to help raise funds for the event. Supporters are encouraged to purchase a sqaure on our cadetworlds.co.uk site."

Please click on the link 
here for how you can be a supporter!

Winter Squad Training...

The first session of the Class Squad training took place last weekend at Farmoor Reservoir in Oxford.

here for full write up.

Inland Championships - Sponsored by Zhik & Noble Marine.

The Last event of the year played out in great style. With light winds to rain to sunshine and breeze to lightning and squalls = 6 championship races and a great competition -Cadet Style!

Congratulations to our new Inland Champions - Alex Page and Aaron Chadwick - Brightlingsea SC

Silver Fleet Winners - Harry Fitzsimmons and Sam Woodhouse - Royal Lymington Yacht Club
Bronze Fleet Winners - Ellie Wootton and Kate White - Waldringfield SC

Full write

Results Gold/Silver Fleet click here
Results Bronze Fleet click here

Our Winners at the Cadet Inland Championships - Datchet Water:

2013 Endeavour Trophy

The Champion of champions event takes place 11th,12th13th October at the RCYC Burnham on Crouch. This is the ultimate event for dinghy sailors. Which class can produce the Champion of champions? Our Cadet sailors are pitched against the adults in this one design event.

Good luck! 
to ex cadets Stephen Videlo and Maddie Harris and 5 times Endeavour winner and ex cadet - Nick Craig.

Fishers Green Open Meeting

Congratulations to Alex Page and Aaron Chadwick on winning the FGSC Open meeting....

Alex and Aaron are also winners of the Eastern Area Championship!

Click  here  for the full report.

RYA Zone Championships - Grafham Water

Congratulations to Lulu Knott and Daisy Nunn for winning this year's championships at the weekend. Grafham at it's best! Sunshine and breeze and a Cadet fleet 34 strong!

Great to see familiar boats in new hands and new helms out for their first event. Well done!

here for the full results

Waldringfield Cartoon Trophy

See the write up from this popular local Cadet race at WSC....
Cartoon Trophy

Parkstone Open Meeting 7th Sept 2013

Congratulations to Jack and Laura Hardie for winning the open on Saturday with a "clean sweep" winning all races!

here for the full race report and here for the results.

Zhik National Championships - Abersoch 2013
National Champions 2013
Arran Holman and Lucie Offord

Open Event Winners
Seppe Greeve and Cedric Boven from Belgium

Report for Day 1 - Nationals Day 1

Report for Day 2 - Nationals Day 2

Report for Day 3 - Nationals Day 3

Final Report        - Nationals Final Report

Final Results here..... Gold & Silver Fleet    Bronze Fleet

The UKNCCA would like to express their thanks to the South Caernarvonshire Yacht Club for their superb hospitality. The PRO and his team laid on a terrific event.

Thank you to our headline sponsor Zhik for their support and the daily prize sponsors: Firm Helm Chandlery of Pwllheli, North Sails One Design, Seamark Nunn, Suffolk Sails and Herablife Wellness Coach Katie Shorrock for their kind donations.

Thank you to you, the sailors and parents, who make this Cadet Family such a great place to be!

Waldringfield Cadet Week

Write up link to what was a great fun sailing week..!! 
Seamark Nunn Cadet Week

Squad Seletion and Application for 2013/14 - NEW DATES - PLEASE CHECK

Please check the Members Area on this site for the Selection Criteria and Application Form for this year's Squads. It's under the Class Communications.

Make sure you get your applications in on time and best of luck at the events for your selection!

World Championships Report...

Following a fantastic event in Nieuwpoort and Team GBR - great results in both Worlds and Promotional Fleets...

Click Here for the full write up...
Cadet Worlds Write Up

Good Luck Team GBR....!!

GBR World Team and Promotional Team are getting ready to start the World Championships and Promotional Championships at Belguim's WSKLuM in Nieuwpoort starting on Sunday 28th July.

Wishing all our sailors the best of British for their respective events!

Follow the results here - World Championships

Race by Race Tweets will be coming (weather permitting) via @GBRCadets - see link at top right of this page.

Flanders Youth Regatta - Nieuwpoort

Many congratulations to Team GBR for the superb performance last week. Tough conditions with big seas and variable winds saw British finishes in all but 1 of the top 7 positions.
Well done to Arran Holman and Lucie Offord for winning and Lucy and Cally Terkelsen only 2 points behind!

Results can be found here 
Nieuwpoort Week

Waldringfield Open Meeting

Thanks to WSC for another spectacular weekend of racing! 29 Boats entered for the event. Local pairing of Ed Harris and Faye Chatterton sailed a fabulous series and came home victors by 3 points from Stone SC sisters Lucy and Cally Terkelsen.

Click here to see what a 40 knot squal looks like...

2013 GBR World Team

After a fantastic and thrilling final selector event at Burnham, we are proud to announce the 2013 GBR World Team...!!

Lucy & Cally Terkelsen, Alex Warrington & Ellie Wootton, Jack & Laura Hardie, Sam Yale & Harry Chatterton, Aaran & Niall Holman, Alex Philpott & Harry Fitzsimmons, Alex Page & Aaron Chadwick

Full Report by Sue Pelling........click here and Results click here
Click here for the latest results....... World Team Series - Final Results

End of Squad Championships - 11th May... Datchet Sailing Club

day's sailing at Datchet today by our Junior and Intermediate Development Squads. Very tough breeze and some superb sailing..!!

here for full write up...

here for the results...

The United Kingdom National Cadet Class Association is mourning the loss of one of Britain's great sailors.....           Andrew "Bart" Simpson, tragically killed whilst training for the America's Cup this week in San Francisco.

Double Olympic Medal holder, Andrew was an inspiration to young sailors all over the country. Starting in Oppies, Andrew quickly showed the talent and aptitude needed to be at the top of his sport.

The International Cadet Committee met today in the Netherlands and held a minutes silence in honour of Andrew. Cadet sailors all over the globe send their deepest sympathies to Andrew's family. He will be deeply missed.

Clemenson Nautilus Trophy - 2nd Selector Event - Parkstone YC.

For report on the event please
click here

Gold & Silver Fleet Results..here
Bronze Fleet Results.. here

Cadet Class Training and Noble Marine Inland Championships
Sponsored by Noble Marine & Zhik.
The Cadet Class arrived at Rutland Water on 4th & 5th April for 2 days of squad training to conclude the winter activities. This would be the ideal lead into the Noble Marine Inland Championships on 6th& 7th April if only the weather gods had played their part....!
The fleet arrived on the 4th April and were faced with a freezing 25 knot North Easterly and horizontal sleet. Only the RYA National Junior Squad managed an hour on the water.  Friday dawned still cold and fresh but with a reduced breeze of 15 to 22 knots. All fleets enjoyed time on the water to wrap up the winters learning and be prepared for the season ahead.
The weather for the Inland Championships on 6th& 7th could not have been a bigger contrast. The wind shut-off and the sun shone at last.  For the 68 boats entered, only one race was finished on the Saturday as the wind flicked left, right, up, down and around to prevent a consistent race from being run. This race was won by Lucy & Cally Terkelsen from Stone SC in the main fleet and by Hannah Goodrich and Poppy Redfern in the Bronze fleet.
Fingers and toes were crossed for the following day but to no avail. Despite waiting for some wind and then spending 2 hours on the water, it was not possible to get a clean race away so the line was drawn.
With only one race run, a series was not completed to award the Inland Championships trophies. The UK Class Committee are looking at dates and venues to try and re-run the event later in the year.
Thanks to Noble Marine Insurance and Zhik for the sponsorship.
 Theme of the weekend....!

Easter Egg Race at WSC..

All Cadets are welcome at Waldringfield Sailing Club's Easter Egg event on Friday 29th and Saturday 30th March. This is the week before Rutland and is likely to be an excellent warm up event with 6 races scheduled over the two days.  Notice of Race is attached. Further details available from Neil Collingridge on  07973 431662 or email  

Cadet Squad Training at the RCYC.

The Weekend of 9th & 10th March saw 47 Cadets descending on the club for the 4th Weekend of their Winter training programme. It was great to see the club full to bursting on an early March weekend.

The 4 Cadet squads: The National Squad, The National Junior Squad, The Intermediate Development Squad and The Junior development Squad enjoyed some challenging conditions with strong tides & light winds proving difficult for some and an education for all.

On Saturday night we organised a Cadet Supper which proved very popular with 120 people sitting down to Curry or Shepherd’s pie & Syrup Sponge or Apple Crumble & Custard which was very welcome after a cold day on the water. The raffle raised in excess of £220.00 for the association! Thanks go to all who donated a prize and organised the supper.

Sunday dawned a little colder and with a little more wind and after a tough morning session on the water, the weekend culminated with a series of 3 short races in the afternoon. Due to the river being empty of moored boats, the race course could be set up in view of the club house, meaning that parents could watch from a warm club house, which on such a cold day was very welcome.

All in all a very successful weekend for both the club & the association.

Waldringfield SC Cadet Update....

As the 2013 season approaches fast excitement is mounting at the Waldringfield Cadet Squadron. At around 30 boats, Waldringfield Sailing Club has one of the strongest and most active fleets in the Country. Open Events for the season include Cadet Training on 4 Sundays through March and April, the Easter Egg open on 29/30 March, Half Term open training on 30/31 May, the Waldringfield Cadet Open on 22/23rd June and the Cartoon Open on 7/8 September.
The highlight as always will be Waldringfield Cadet Week which is open to Cadets and laser radials aged under 18. The week is sponsored by local chandlery Seamark Nunn and runs from 5th to 9th August. It's always action packed with evening events each day, a Pimms party for the parents and usually attracts in excess of 30 cadets and a dozen laser radials. Free camping is available at the Club and the River Deben is quite simply one of the most beautiful east coast rivers on which to spend a week in the summer. 
Visitors are always welcome and are guaranteed competitive racing, interesting courses, and the chance to make friendships for life.  The Squadron also works hard at training the kids with a number of Junior Sailing Taster Sessions on Saturday mornings. We are always keen to add new members as helms and crews.

For more info contact the Squadron Captain Waldringfield Cadets

Notice of Selection - World Team

Looking forward to the 1st Selector at the Noble Marine Inland Championships?

This is what you're aiming for!...
Selction World Team 2013

West Kirby S C - Training off to a good start.....

The reviving WKSC squadron had a weekend of training with Adam Bowers.
Part sponsored by the funding from the RYA Cadet Training fund, 18 youngsters in 9 boats had a great time on the water with coach Adam.

Sqdn Capt Paul says "The weather was absolutely perfect, frost and low wind in the mornings turning into beautiful sunny days with wind strengths of between 8-14knots. Lots of roll tacking, spinnaker work and basic boat skills on both days backed up by Adam giving great debriefs afterwards.

The juniors thoroughly enjoyed themselves and came away with so much more knowledge, added skills and an a great enthusiasm to just go sailing.

West Kirby Cadet Squad was the Place to be last weekend! - that is if you weren't at the dinghy show!


Follow the progress of the
2012 Karcher Cadet World Team 

Cadet World Championships - Tasmania




Received from HRH Prince Andrew The Duke of York. KG.


Dear Cadet Sailors and Parents,

Here is the latest update on activities in the UK Cadet Class.

World Team
On behalf of everyone in the UK Cadet Class,we say Good Luck to all the sailors heading out to Hobart, Tasmania to compete in the World Championships that start on 27th December.
Race hard and race fair and we wish you every success!

The UK Cadet Class is represented by:
Nick Sutton and Scarlet Anderson
Alex Corby and Robert Keen
Jack Wilson and Harry Fitzsimmons
Emma White and Ellie Wootton
Sam Barr and Ben Barr
Sam Yale and Harry Chatterton
Jessica D'Arcy and Joe Barr
Molly Speirs and Olivia Bates
Issie Speirs and Emily Speirs

As representatives of the UK Cadet Class I know that you will all conduct yourselves very well and have a wonderful experience. We will all be eager for news so please keep us updated by email, twitter and the team blog at World Team Blog

Poole Squad Training
The 2nd multi squad training weekend took place at Poole Yacht Club in late November. Undeterred by a weather forecast promising incessant rain and gales, over 40 boats with 80 keen sailors from 4 squads arrived, eager to practice and improve their sailing.
Whilst the wind was in excess of a squally 20 knots all weekend, the major storm of 40 knot winds blew through on Saturday night much to the relief of the sailors. Thanks to the rib support and organisation, everyone had the opportunity to get out on the water, test themselves and show that Cadets can be sailed inthese tough conditions.
The squad weekends are also proving a very popular social gathering amongst sailors and parents alike.

Please keep providing any feedback that you have on the weekends or venues to the committee so that we can continue to move forward and improve the training support the class provides.

There is now a break for Christmas with the next squad weekend on 26/27th January at Oxford Sailing Club.

Sail Measurers
The Class is looking to increase the number of sail measurersand thereby reduce the burden on a small group of measurers. Ideallyall Cadet Squadrons should have 1 or 2 adults approved to measure sails.
At Oxford Sailing Club on 26/27th January, we plan to set up a Sail measurer training session and train up a group of volunteers, no previous experience required!Could anyone willing to support and take part please contact Chris Green.
Remember, all new sails have to be measured before they can be used for racing so the more sail measurers we have the better it is for everyone to get this task done.

A reminder that Cadet Class membership subscriptions are due on January 1st 2013. Details will be sent out by Chris Green and details will be put on the website.

JDS and IDS Squad Racing Event
Next year we will be running a special end of squad training race event specifically for the Junior and Intermediate squads to give the sailors the opportunity to race and compete against their peers. This is being run instead of the Cadet class taking part in the RYA Eric Twiname Championships. Plans are still in the making andfurther details will be provided in January.

Next Season Events
The plans for next season are forming well with some great events planned. Please keep a watch on the events section of the website.

I’d like to wish everyone in the Cadet Class a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year and I look forward to a great 2013.
Best regards,
Andy Shorrock


RYA NJS Squad in action!


many thanks to Iain Philpott for his photo skills...!

Dear Cadet Sailors,
Here is the latest update on activities within the Class.
Reminder - Event Change
A separate note has been already sent out but a reminder that the Clemenson Nautilus Trophy Event 2013 will now take place on 4th/5th May at Parkstone Yacht Club. This is a change to the provisional venue previously listed.
Winter Squads
Well done to all sailors who took part in the squad selection events. The standard of sailing and competition was very high and it was great to see the strength of enthusiasm in the Cadet fleet. The first multi-squad weekend has now taken place and I’d like to thank Steve Jones and Chris Green for all their hard work to make this new format a success. Many thanks to all those who brought RIBs as without your continued support the multi-camp training would not be possible. Please provide any feedback to the committee by sending an email to Chris Green so that we can make the training weekends as effective as possible.
Open Training
We are trying to set up some Open Training at future squad weekends. This is intended to be for helms with some race experience and is not for beginners. If you are interested in this please could you register your interest with Chris Green by Friday 9th November. We will then look at the various options for implementing this.
New Helm Training
Some regional new helm training weekends are also being planned. More information will be sent out as the details become firm.
Optimist End of Season Event
We took two boats to this event in October to showcase the Cadet class and offer Oppie sailors a taster. There was lots of interest and we are hopeful that some sailors will join us in the future. Many thanks to Rachael and Rhiannon Williams for their great support on the day and delicious cupcakes!
Wishing you good sailing,
Andy Shorrock
UK Cadet Class


Barnt Green Open Meeting - Saturday 6th October 2012

Our Cadet Open meeting is on Saturday 6th October. Skippers briefing at 11.00 and warning gun for race 1 at 11.30. Galley and bar will be available. Contact for this event is:- Carl Taylor. Email link
Tel: 07808 054562 or 01527 592213.

The Karcher 2012 Cadet World Team....

With many thanks to our headline sponsor: Karcher Click here. Our World Team met at Stone SC for the final Open meeting of the year. Pictured here with their kit and about to sail their boats for the last time before being shipped over 11,000 miles to Hobart, Tasmania!

The event started with light airs which stayed most of the day. A sea breeze filled in later in the afternoon and the 32 boats entered got in 3 good races. Overnight leaders Alex Warrington and Anna Wootton from Thorpe Bay and Waldringfield were holding off Alex Corby and Robert Keen from Fishers Green and Alton Water. Day 2 saw the weather change with a steady 23 knots and some big surf to play in. Alex and Robert put in some top class sailing but were being hunted down by fellow Fishers Green pairing of Josie Gummer and Aaron Chadwick. The overall results finished that way with Alex Warrington and Ellie Wootton in 3rd.

What a weekend for Alex Corby and Robert Keen who not only won the Open Meeting but took a clean sweep of the Eastern Series Trophy, The Southern Series Trophy and the Ian Craig Trophy!!

Barnt Green Open Meeting - Saturday 6th October 2012

The Barnt Green Open Meeting is taking place on Saturday 6th October 2012. Thanks to a very wet spring the lake is full! Further details will be published as soon as possible.

Barnt Green SC sail on the Upper Bittell Reservoir which is located close to J2 of the M42. More details can be found

Cadets at Waldringfield for the Cartoon Open - Final Day report by David Elliott with photographs by Neil Collingridge

Breezier conditions prevailed on the second day. Click
here for the report and results.

 Cadets at Waldringfield for the Cartoon Open - Day 1
and photographs from Juliet Dearlove.

Sixteen cadets took part in the Waldringfield Sailing Club Cartoon, enjoying light south-westerly winds of force 2-3 and glorious late summer sunshine. Click here for the full report.

Cadet World Team!

Following the 2012 UKNCCA selector series, and in accordance with the published Notice of Selection, we are delighted to announce the UKNCCA World Team that will attend the World Championships in Sandy Bay, Hobart Tasmania.
Many congratulations to you all. We wish you fair winds and fair racing in Tasmania.
The team is:
Nick Sutton and Scarlet Anderson
Alex Corby and Robert Keen
Jack Wilson and Harry Fitzsimmons
Emma White and Ellie Wootton
Sam Barr and Ben Barr
Sam Yale and Harry Chatterton
Jessica D'Arcy and Joe Barr
Molly Speirs and Olivia Bates
Issie Speirs and Emily Speirs

Parkstone Open 8th/9th September 2012 - Day 2 Report by David Elliott

Poole Harbour can be a tricky venue for sailors. With surrounding hills and small islands acting as a funnel for the wind, double high tides, channels and shallows, experience and knowledge gained through practice pays dividends. So proved the case this weekend for Parkstone sailors Matt Currell and Theo Smith sailing 8997 Executrix. Counting five victories from six races, with their discard a second place in Race 4, they almost achieved perfection, although to suggest it was easy would be very, very wrong.
Teams arrived for the second day of the Parkstone Cadet Open to find bright sunshine and the expectation that wind speeds would build as the day progressed. Three races were scheduled with a discard kicking in with the first of the day, Race 4. The fleet launched on time and were in position for a prompt start at 1030. The course was laid in the waters between Brownsea Island and Poole Quay giving spectators a good view of the racing. During the passage from the clubhouse to the course, the wind had backed through almost 135 degrees from a westerly to a south-easterly and as the race progressed, the wind speed fell from F3 to F1. The course was shortened and Daisy & Angus Collingridge from Waldringfield in 9877 No Regrets drifted across the line to take victory in Race 4, followed shortly afterwards by Matt & Theo. The concern onshore was the possibility of the rest of the fleet being timed out, but with the wind swinging around to a westerly, spinnakers were hoisted and Alex Philpott & Harry Fitzsimmons from Frensham Pond took third in 9390 Bladerunner, followed by Henry Marsh & Freddie Collings from Royal Lymington in 9240 Nitro and the rest of the fleet close behind.
With the wind now a consistent F4 south-westerley, the Committee Boat headed off to the “Top-triangle” and a new course was laid. Following a General Recall, Race 5 started with a Black Flag.  Matt & Theo led at the windward, followed by Alex & Harry and Jack & Laura Hardie from Frensham Pond in 8513 Di Maggio. The order remained unchanged throughout the race, with Daisy & Angus finishing fourth, South Cerney’s Aliya & Aqil Jannaty in 9319 fifth and Alistair Wallace & Harry Folkard, also from South Cerney sixth in 7231 Sullom Voe.
With the wind building to a F5, Race 6 started promptly with Jack & Laura opening up a good lead on the first beat. Alex & Harry were next around the windward followed by Matt & Theo, Daisy & Angus, Aliya & Aqil and in sixth place, Alex Colquitt & Ella Marston from West Kirby in 9084 Speedbird II. An untimely gust at the Gybe mark saw four of the top ten boats capsize, which gave the leading five a good margin over the rest of the fleet. Matt & Theo kept up the pressure on Jack & Laura, taking the lead by the second leeward mark and winning their fifth race of the regatta. Jack & Laura were second, followed home by Alex & Harry, Daisy & Angus, Aliya & Aqil and Henry & Freddie in 9240 Nitro.
As winners of the Parkstone Trophy and on behalf of all the competitors, Matt & Theo thanked Duncan Glen, Cadet Squadron Captain and all those who had helped organise the event. Daisy & Angus were first U14 team and Daisy, first girl helm.
Top six finishers:

Position Sail No. Boat Helm Crew Club Points
1st 8997 Executrix Matt Currell Theo Smith Parkstone 5
2nd 9390 Bladerunner Alex Philpott Harry Fitzsimmons Frensham Pond 12
3rd 8513 Di Maggio Jack Hardie Laura Hardie Frensham Pond 13
4th 9877 No Regrets Daisy Collingridge Angus Collingridge Waldringfield 17
5th 9240 Nitro Henry Marsh Freddie Collings Royal Lymington 30
6th 8441 It Takes Two Ben Shorrock Ellie Watling Frensham Pond 37
 The full results can be accessed

Parkstone Open 8th/9th September 2012 - Day 1 Report by David Elliott

94 Cadet sailors have gathered at Parkstone for this year’s Open Meeting, which also serves as a selector for the 2012/13 UKNCCA Junior Development Squad. Many of the teams are newly-formed and sailing in their first competitive event together.
Entrants arrived to find Poole Harbour covered in mist with the top-triangle where the racing was planned a place the sailors were asked to imagine in their briefing. With the air still, the Race Officer decided to hold the fleet ashore in expectation that a sea breeze would fill-in by the afternoon. Local knowledge once again proved invaluable and the 47 teams were released just after lunch.
The wind was nothing more than a Force 2 SSE, but it held throughout the afternoon and swift turnarounds saw all three scheduled races sailed within a two-and-a half-hour window before the little breeze there was fell away.
Race 1 was dominated by local team Matt Currell & Theo Smith in 8997 Executrix. Having led the fleet at the first windward mark, they pulled away and took the gun by a healthy margin. Two Frensham Pond teams followed them home;  Alex Philpott & Harry Fitzsimmons took second in 9390 Bladerunner, with Jack & Laura Hardie third in 8513 Di Maggio. Fourth place was taken by Waldringfield’s Daisy & Angus Collingridge in 9877 No Regrets with local team George Kennedy & Tom Stacey fifth in 9669 Gale Force and another Frensham Pond pairing, George & Tom Bridge, sixth in 9047 Touchwood.
Matt & Theo again led at the windward mark in Race 2, this time from Alex & Harry in second and Megan Ferguson & Amy Crick from Frensham Pond sailing 8845 Hot Rocks in third. Megan & Amy led mid-race, but could not hold off a final leg challenge from the gathering pack. The first four in Race 1 filled identical places in Race 2, with Ben Shorrock & Ellie Watling from Frensham Pond fifth in 8441 It Takes Two and South Cerney’s Will McMahon & Tima Malikov sixth in 8402 V3.
The third and final race of the day started just after 5pm. This time it was the turn of Ben Barr & Josh Bennett from Corinthian Otters in 9027 Whatever to lead at the windward mark. Matt & Theo were second, with Henry Marsh & Freddie Collings from Royal Lymington third in 9240 Nitro. By the second windward, Matt & Theo were leading with Henry & Freddie second, George & Tom in 9047 third, Jack & Laura in 8513 fourth and Ben & Josh, fifth. With the wind dropping, the course was shortened and in the closest of finishes, Matt & Theo just held off the challenge of Jack & Laura. Alex & Harry in 9390 came through strongly to take third. Henry & Freddie finished fourth, with George & Tom fifth and Ben & Josh, sixth.
Three further races are scheduled for today, with a discard kicking in with Race 4.
Overnight Positions:
1st Matt Currell & Theo Smith 3 pts
2nd Alex Philpott & Harry Fitzsimmonds 7pts
3rd Jack & Laura Hardie 8pts
4th Daisy & Angus Collingridge 15pts
5th George & Tom Bridge 19pts
6th Will McMahon & Tima Malikov 26pts
The full results can be accessed

Cadets at the Navigators and General Mirror Europeans by David Elliott (with photographs provided by Nigel Vick)
Following long journeys to Carnac and Torquay, the option to enter the Mirror Europeans on his doorstep at Poole Yacht Club made a lot of sense for Parkstone’s Matt Currell. With Ben Shorrock as crew and with a dinghy borrowed from a schoolfriend, they were placed in the Gold Fleet. Twelve races were scheduled with two discards.

Out of a fleet of 43 entries, they finished in a very creditable 14th place. Their best results were 4th in Race 5 and three other top-ten finishes.

“We were made very welcome by the Mirror fleet and thoroughly enjoyed the week” commented Matt.” It was good to sail a different boat”.  “It felt a bit strange to pull up red sails” observed Ben, “but once afloat we got stuck into the racing”.

PS Yes, Benina Split is yellow on port and purple on starboard.

Ex-Cadets at the Zhik 29er Nationals by David Elliott


This year’s event was held at Restronguet S C amongst the beautiful scenery of the Fal estuary. With 64 entries, competitors initially raced in a Qualifying Series of 7 races, out of which Gold and Silver Fleets were determined. Eight ex-Cadets entered the Nationals; Joan and Jane Furness (Draycote Water), Chris Brewer (Parkstone), Molly Brown (Royal Burnham), Hannah and Ailsa Muskett (Royal Lymington), Abigail Croft (Queen Mary) and George Warrington (Thorpe Bay).Their number was increased when Katrina Brewer (Parkstone) stepped in as a replacement for Abi’s crew. The 29er is one of the two double-handed dinghy classes into which Cadet sailors wishing to progress along the RYA Pathway can move.

Joan Furness with her crew Abigail Page, Murray Hampshire, for whom Chris Brewer was crewing, Charlotte Hooper, for whom Molly Brown was crewing and Jane Furness, with her crew, Ellie Hide, all qualified for the Gold Fleet. Murray & Chris finished in 12th place overall, counting five top-ten finishes from the 11 race series. Charlotte & Molly were 13th, with their highlights victory in Race 6 and 2nd in Race 7. In 16th place were Joan & Abigail, with three top-ten finishes to their credit and in 31st place, Jane & Ellie, who came good as the event progressed with a 10th in Race 8.

Hannah & Ailsa, Abi, with her crew Jenny Cant and Alex Farrell, for whom George Warrington was crewing went through into the Silver Fleet.

Hannah & Ailsa recorded a 2nd in Race 5 and finished 8th overall. Alex & George started well, with an 8th in Race 1 and a 7th in Race 2, completing the event in 16th place. Jenny Cant was unable to complete the series due to illness and Katrina Brewer replaced her as Abi’s crew midway through the series. Two victories and a second propelled them up to 23rd place.

Cadets and ex-Cadets at the Curradinghy 420 Nationals by David Elliott

The attractions of Torquay proved too much for some, with sixteen Cadet and ex-Cadet sailors entering the 420 National Championships, which started on the Saturday immediately after our event. The 420 is one of the two double-handed dinghy classes into which Cadet sailors wishing to progress along the RYA Pathway progress. Fourteen races were scheduled, with two discards.

Joe Butterworth (Fishers Green) crewing for Callum Airlie (East Lothian), just missed out on a podium place, finishing in 4th. The pairing were rarely out of the top ten throughout the regatta and their results included victory in Race 2 and three 3rd places. Callum had the honour of being one of the seven athletes selected to light the Olympic cauldron at the Opening Ceremony. One place behind in 5th was James Dodd (Itchenor), crewing for Hugo Sloper (Itchenor). Their best results were 2nd place in Race 8 and 3rd in Race 5. Top all-Cadet entry was Ben Hazeldine (Frensham Pond/Royal  Lymington) & Rhos Hawes (South Cerney/Royal Lymington), who are both aged 15. They finished 14th overall with the highlight a 3rd place in Race 1 and four other top-ten finishes.

Several Cadet sailors were competing in their first 420 event. Matthew Shorrock (Frensham Pond) & Will Davis (Royal Lymington) put together a very creditable string of results to finish in 26th, with their best a result 9th place in the final race of the event. They also recorded an 11th and two 18th places. Katie Kinver (Exe), helming for her more-experienced sister, Emily, started the event in brilliant fashion, finishing 6th in Races 1 and 2. They finished 33rd overall. Hattie Ayre (Stone) & Jose Gummer (Fishers Green) and Catriona Wallace & Sophie Goodrich (South Cerney) gained much experience from their first event, with their best results a 19th and a 23rd respectively in Race12.

Amongst the ex-Cadets, Will Kennedy (Fishers Green), crewed by Alex Curtis (Queen Mary), finished 23rd, including 11th place in Race 4.  John Page (Alton Water)  with late replacement Max Ingall, finished in 30th, with their best result 19th place in Race 7, while Caroline Croft (Tamesis), crewed by James Parker-Mowbray (Frampton-on-Severn) finished one place behind, with their best result a 9th in Race 10.

Waldringfield Cadet Week - Final Day by Melissa Cutting

The outcome the event hung on the result of the final race of the series. Read what happened here. Here are the Prizewinners!

The final results from the Gold, Silver and Laser fleets can now be accessed.

Waldringfield Cadet Week - Day 4 by Melissa Cutting

Bright sunshine greeted the young sailors on day four of Waldringfield Cadet Week, but the sun was also accompanied by a stop-start gentle westerly breeze. A further three races were sailed and the report can be read here.

Waldringfield Cadet Week - Day 3 by Melissa Cutting

The third day is traditionally a lay day as far as points races are concerned, but for those who want to sail competitively there is still plenty of opportunity in the shape of a trophy pursuit race, the crew’s race, the ex-Cadets race (single-handed) and the Old Gaffers race (where both helm and crew must have a combined age of over 75, with the helm being at least 45). Click here for the report.

Waldringfield Cadet Week - Day 2 by Melissa Cutting

Day two dawned cloudy and humid, with no wind and a mill-pond for a river.  For some who had enjoyed the hospitality of the Waldringfield Sailing Club bar the night before, the inevitable postponement provided some welcome respite (RO included) – for the Cadets themselves it provided the opportunity to swim, crab or kayak before the serious business of racing recommenced. Click
 here for the report.

Waldringfield Cadet Week - Day 1 by Melissa Cutting

46 Cadets and Lasers from six different sailing clubs have gathered on the sunny banks of the River Deben for an action packed week of racing and social activities.  Click
 here for the report on the first day's racing.

2012 Trident UK Cadet Nationals at Royal Torbay - Final Report by David Elliott

Nicholas Sutton & Joshua Bennett are the 2012 TridentUK Cadet Nationals Champions.  Sailing 8844 Nasty Tern, the Corinthian Otters pairing counted two victories, three seconds, one third and two fifths for a total of 21 points; having featured in the vanguard of every race. Ten points behind in second place were Matthew Shorrock & Ryan Wilkinson from Frensham Pond in 8352 Master Mariner with one victory and four other podium places to their credit, with Alex Corby & Robert Keen from Fishers Green/King George/Alton Water sailing 9000 White Stuff in third place with 34 points, including three second-places. Ben Shorrock & Beatrice Sexton from Frensham Pond sailing 8441 It Takes Two won the Silver Fleet, with Matthew & Katy Lloyd from Thorpe Bay runners-up in 9029 Freestyle. The Bronze Fleet was won by South Cerney’s Reece & Lewis Lane in 9382 Exe-celerator, with Lucy Corby & Jade McCarthy from Fishers Green/King George in 9152 Sci-Fi, second.

Going into the final day, Nick & Josh were all but assured of victory. The battle for second place was much closer, with both Alex & Robert and Matthew & Ryan in contention. A further discard kicked in with the second and final race of the day. Launching was delayed by an hour during which the wind speed dropped and Race 9 started in a southerly F3/4 and a moderate swell. Katie Kinver & Martha Jones from Exe/Royal Torbay in 8511 Cyclone led at the windward from South Cerney’s Aliya & Aqil Jannaty in 9319, with Seppe Greeve & Cedric Boven in BEL 8519 Pan Galactic Gargle Blaster third, Nick Sutton & Joshua Bennett  from Corinthian Otters in 8844 Nasty Tern, fourth. Frensham Pond’s Ben Shorrock & Beatrice Sexton in 8441 It Takes Two were fifth, with Will Davis & Harry Fitzsimmonds from Royal Lymington in 9034 Forty Two, sixth. With the wind dropping, Katie & Martha held on to their lead with Ben & Beatrice moving up into second and being joined by his elder brother, Matt and crew Ryan. On the final run, Matthew & Ryan picked up the pace but were unable to catch Katie & Martha, who took the gun. Ben & Beatrice finished in third.

Second place in Race 9 had moved Matthew & Ryan alongside Alex & Robert in the battle for the runners-up spot behind Nick & Josh, with the discard favouring the Frensham Pond pairing. Matthew & Ryan led at the first windward, with Ben & Beatrice second and Alex & Robert, third. A shift to the left saw the Windward mark relayed for the second beat, with Alex & Robert following Matthew & Ryan and Emma & Joshua White from Waldringfield third in 9876 Zest.  Another shift kept the Windward marklayer busy and in the final outcome, Matthew & Ryan took the gun from Alex & Robert with Ben & Beatrice third.

here for the Gold/Silver fleet results and here for Bronze fleet results.

2012 Trident UK Cadet Nationals at Royal Torbay - Day 3 by David Elliott

Going into the final day, Nick Sutton & Josh Bennett sailing 8844 Nasty Tern have a sixteen point lead at the top of the table. In yesterday’s two races, the Corinthian Otters pairing recorded a first and a second; putting them in a commanding position with only two races left in the series. Alex Corby & Robert Keen from Fishers Green/King George/Alton Water in 9000 White Stuff tried hard to keep up the pressure, scoring a second and a fourth to sit in the runners-up position overnight, with Matthew Shorrock & Ryan Wilkinson from Frensham Pond in 8352 Master Mariner lying third. Waldringfield pairing Emma & Joshua White sailing 9876 Zest, had their best day of the event so far, with a 6th in Race 7 and victory in Race 8.

Ben Shorrock & Beatrice Sexton from Frensham Pond in 8441 It Takes Two maintain their position at the head of the Silver Fleet, with Thorpe Bay’s Matthew & Katy Lloyd second in 9029.

The fleet have launched this morning and it is hoped to complete the series. A second discard kicks in with the tenth and final race.

here for the Gold/Silver fleet results and here for Bronze fleet results

2012 Trident UK Cadet Nationals at Royal Torbay - Day 2 by David Elliott

Lighter winds prevailed over Torbay for the second day of the 2012 TridentUK Cadet Nationals. The fleet launched into a southerly F2 which had backed through almost 90 degrees by the end of racing and successful reading of the shifts paid dividends. The first discard kicked in with the second of the day’s three races.

Race 4 was away at the first attempt. Annie Knott & Ellie Wootton from Waldringfield in 8432 Trident led at the windward from Fishers Green pairing Jamie Proffitt & Tom Collyer in 8846 No Fear, overnight leaders Nick Sutton & Joshua Bennett from Corinthian Otters in 8844 Nasty Tern, Matthew Shorrock & Ryan Wilkinson from Frensham Pond in 8352 Master Mariner, Matthew Currell & Theo Smith from Parkstone in 8997 Executrix and Waldringfield’s Sam Yale & Harry Chatterton in 9369. There was little change in the top boats until the third beat when a major wind shift propelled Belgium’s Seppe Greeve & Cedric Boven in 8519 Pan Galactic Gargle Blaster to the head of the fleet; a position which they held at the finish. Annie & Ellie were second, with Nick & Josh, third.

High level cloud signalled changing conditions as Race 5 got under away. Matthew & Theo led up the beat and rounded the windward in first place. Frensham Pond teams Jack Wilson & Jim Brooker in 735 Pintail and Jack Hardie & Archie Somers in 8513 Di Maggio were second and third respectively, with Seppe & Cedric fourth and Waldringfield’s Emma & Joshua White in 9876 Zest, fifth. With the cloud base dropping and the wind picking up, Jack & Archie took the lead on the final beat and led at the finish from Matthew & Ryan and Seppe & Cedric, with fourth place going to Hattie Ayre & Cally Terkelsen from Stone in 8420 Tantrum.

By the start of the sixth and final race of the day, the wind had an easterly feel to it. Away once again at the first attempt, Seppe & Cedric led up the beat and maintained their grip at the head of the fleet throughout the race. Fishers Green/King George/Alton Water pairing Alex Corby & Robert Keen in 9000 White Stuff finished in second place, with Frensham Pond’s Ben Shorrock & Beatrice Sexton in 8441 It Takes Two, third.

Seppe Greeve & Cedric Boven and Nick Sutton & Joshua Bennett both have 13 points at the end of the second day, with the Belgian team leading on countback. Matthew Shorrock & Ryan Wilkinson are third with 25 points, one point ahead of Alex Corby & Robert Keen. Leading the Silver Fleet are Ben Shorrock & Beatrice Sexton, with local team Esme & Eliza Jones in 8440 Black Otter in second. The Bronze Fleet is headed by Reece & Lewis Lane from South Cerney in 9382 Exe-celerator. Fishers Green/King George pairing Lucy Corby & Jade McCarthy sailing 9152 Sci-Fi are five points behind them in second.

Wednesday is a lay day. Four further races are scheduled, with another discard kicking in with the tenth race.

Click here for the Gold and Silver fleet results and here for the Bronze fleet results.

2012 Trident UK Cadet Nationals at Royal Torbay - Day 1 by David Elliott

Nick Sutton & Joshua Bennett lead the Cadet Nationals after the first day. Sailing 8844 Nasty Tern, the Corinthian Otters pairing mastered the shifty conditions in Torbay to record a bullet and two seconds. Matthew Currell & Theo Smith from Parkstone in 8997 Executrix are second with 20 points, with Katie Kinver & Martha Jones from Exe/Royal Torbay third in 8511 Cyclone on the same score. Top Silver Fleet team are Ben Shorrock & Beatrice Sexton from Frensham Pond in 8441 It Takes Two and Reece & Lewis Lane from South Cerney head the Bronze Fleet in 9382 Exe-celerator.

Poor visibility and rain delayed the start of Race 1 for two hours. Nick & Josh led at the windward, followed by Frensham Pond pairing Jack Wilson & Jim Brooker in 735 Pintail. Matt & Katy Lloyd from Thorpe Bay in 9029 were third, followed by Fishers Green/King George/Alton Water pairing Alex Corby & Robert Keen in 9000 White Stuff and Hattie Ayre & Cally Terkelsen from Stone in 8420 Tantrum. Jack & Jim led at the second windward and took the gun on a shortened course. Nick & Josh were second, with Matthew & Theo, third.

Race 2 followed almost immediately. Nick & Josh again led at the end of the beat, with Katie & Martha second and Belgian competitors Seppe Greeve & Cedric Boven in 8519 Pan Galactic Gargle Blaster, third. Having advanced into third by the end of the next beat, Matt & Theo  kept up the pressure on the leading pair before leapfrogging them both to cross the line in first place.

Race 3 started after the course was relaid. Once again Nick & Josh led at the first windward. Matthew Shorrock & Ryan Wilkinson from Frensham Pond in 8352 Master Mariner led mid-race, but perseverance saw Nick & Josh recover their lead to round-off the day in the best possible way. Will Davis & Harry Fitzsimmons from Royal Lymington in 9034 Forty Two took second, with Matt & Ryan third.

here for the Gold & Silver Fleet results. Click here for the Bronze Fleet results.

A further three races are scheduled for Tuesday.

2012 Trident UK Cadet Nationals at Royal Torbay 12th - 17th August 2012 by David Elliott

Seventy Cadets heading to Torquay for this year's National and Open Championship will only make worse the traditional summer congestion on the roads of the west country! Entries from Alton Water, Castle Cove, Corinthian Otters, Exe, Fishers Green, Frensham Pond,  King George, Parkstone, Royal Lymington, Royal Torbay, South Cerney, Stone, Tamesis, Thorpe Bay, Waldringfield and West Kirby  will be joined by five Belgian crews. Ten races are scheduled, with teams divided into Gold, Silver and Bronze fleets. TridentUK.com have generously given a number of super prizes, including two top-of-the-range drysuits!


At the end of the event, the team to represent GBR at this year's World Championships in Hobart will be announced. Ten places are up for grabs. Two selector events comprising twelve races have already taken place and the coming week's results will decide who puts their Cadet into a container and hopes that it reaches Tasmania in time for Christmas! For other Cadet sailors, the results from the Nationals will be taken into account in determining the 2012/13 UKNCCA National and RYA National Junior squads.
Bring on the wind (but not too much).

Carnac Europeans 2012
                              ... at sunrise

How tightly can you pack 117 boats in the boatpark? Might have been no wind but still quite magical!

Cadet National Champions at the Olympics again.

Stevie Morrison and Ben Rhodes will be competing for GBR in the 49er class at the 2012 Olympics. 

Both these guys were former UK Cadet National Champions, Stevie winning back in 1994 and Ben in 1997. 
The sailing is scheduled to start on 29 July with the first day of racing for the 49ers  on Monday 30th.

Find out more about the GBR sailing team and track their progress. Start

Good Luck Guys !

Flanders International Regatta 2012 - Nieuwpoortweek.
Arriving in Flanders around 5 hours after leaving home felt great. It was good to be back... 

Over all it was an excellent event recommended to anyone looking to expand their sailing skills. It is also the venue for the Cadet Worlds in July 2013

Report by M.Shorrock -Here Full Results - Here

Waldringfield Open 23rd/24th June
Fierce tides and strong south-westerlies. Despite a soggy lunchbox the event was a resounding success!!


Contributing to the Mailspeed Eastern Series, 33 teams from the East Coast gathered at Waldringfield on the River Deben on Saturday 23rd  for the Club’s annual Open, sponsored by Zhik, Anglia Factors and Seamark Nunn.

At the end of day 1 and with no discards at this point, Alex Corby (FGSC) lay in first place with just 8 points, Josie Gummer (FGSC) in second with 11 points, Alex Warrington (TBYC) in third place with 15 and Sam Yale (WSC)in fourth with 18 points.

After a fantastic weekend of sailing, and some nail biting racing, Annie Knott emerged victorious to win the overall Harris salver with just 8 points.  Alex Corby was second, Sam Yale third, and Josie Gummer fourth.  Sam Yale was first under 15, Ed Harris and Faye Chatterton (WSC) first under 14 and Francesca Ingall and Eve Turnpenny (both FGSC) first under 13


Read full report here Full results here

Scalextrix at South Cerney – Where are my ear plugs?

How do you entertain over 50 Cadet sailors with racing abandoned for the day? Bring out the Scalextrix!

South Cerney’s clubhouse walls bounced to shouts and screams normally found at Silverstone. With six cars racing together on a two-lane track, the crashes were spectacular as their drivers forgot the normal courtesies of Port and Starboard. As day passed into night, so the cream rose to the top and in the final race, Reuben Tinto took the honours and the big box of chocolates from Catriona Wallace in second and Tima Malikov third.


South Cerney Open Meeting - 16th/17th June 2012 by David Elliott

Strong winds gusting to F7 limited racing on the first day of the Open Meeting. Alex Corby & Robert Keen from Fishers Green/King George/Alton Water in 9000 White Stuff took the gun in the day's only race. Second were Jack Hardie & Tom Bridge from Frensham Pond in 8513 Di Maggio, with Royal Lymington's Will Davis & Harry Fitzsimmons third in 9034 Forty Two.

Three races are scheduled for Sunday.


Alf Simmonds Memorial Trophy - Burnham on Crouch 2nd-3rd June 2012
World Team Selector Event

The weekend of 2nd & 3rd June saw the UKNCCA (United Kingdom National Cadet Class Association) returning to Burnham on Crouch after a long absence for the 2nd of their world team Selection events.

Feverish preparation at the RCYC meant the club was well prepared for what ended up with a total entry of 69 boats arriving for the event.

The fleet launched into a fresh easterly which...........Full report Here

Congratulations to our winners:
Bronze Fleet - Lucy Corby and Jade McCarthy of Fishers Green SC
Silver Fleet - Willow and Cara Bland of Waldringfield SC
Gold Fleet - Matthew Shorrock and Ryan Wilkinson of Frensham Pond SC

Very close run event at the top with 1st and 2nd places on equal points and 3rd and 4th place also on equal points and only 5 points between them all!

Results here:
Gold & Silver Fleets            Bronze Fleet

World Team Series results (after 2 selector events) here


After a superb day’s sailing on Saturday where 20 Cadets enjoyed Champagne Sailing and excellent Coaching with Mike Mac, Chris Videlo and Katie Barr. Everyone retired with fingers crossed.....
Report Here   Results Here

Fishers Green Cadet Open Saturday 19th May 2012
Shifty and variable pressure - just what pondies like!

Eighteen boats arrived at the picturesque Lee Valley bright and early to a welcoming breakfast and a light south-westerly breeze, competing for not just the Fishers Green trophies, but also the Mailspeed Marine Eastern Area and Ian Craig Inland Club Series.
it proved to be a great day’s sail. Challenging conditions favoured the pondies with Alex Corby and Robert Keen GBR9000 White Stuff, 1st on 5 points. 2nd went to  GBR8415 Challenger, Josie Gummer and Aaron Chadwick, on 8 points and third place went to GBR8846 No Fear, sailed by Jamie Proffitt and Tom Collyer 10 points

Full report  Click HERE  Results Click HERE.

Tamesis Cadet Open Saturday 12th May - A Glorious Day!
A glorious sunny day on the Thames. A gusty force 3 straight up the river and some very good bacon sandwiches.

Visitors from Fishers Green, Frensham and Royal Lymington competed with the home boats for the Munster Cup,  (one of the most prestigious Cadet trophies with many famous previous winners). Points also going towards the Ian Craig Series.

Alex Corby & Rob Keen won the event with Jack Hardie & Megan Ferguson second and Henry Marsh & Fredrick Collins third.

Full report &results  Click HERE

All Zone Sailors are in the RYA Eric Twiname Championship this weekend

Scheduled to start at 11.25am on Saturday 12th May, Rutland Sailing Club will welcome sailors from across the nation in the battle for the 2012 RYA Eric Twiname Championship crown. 

Now in its 26th year and with 325 contenders in over 285 boats and windsurfers the highly charged weekend will offer the RYA Zone/Home Country Squads competitive racing in a fun and friendly environment.

For more information about the regatta please visit www.ryaracingevents.org.uk    

Clemenson Nautilus Trophy World Team Selector Series
Matthew Currell & Theo Smith from Parkstone Yacht Club Take round 1 in the Cadet World Team Selector Series. Full Results here:

Gold &Silver Fleets
Bronze Fleet

On behalf of Squadron 66 at Parkstone YC, I would like to thank all who attended the Clemenson Nautilus Trophy Event held over the weekend 5th/6th May. The racing and fleet management were excellent and the shoreside support teams did a sterling job of launching, and retrieval, in double-quick time. It was great to see so many Cadets in Poole Harbour – a tremendous advert for the class and a credit to all involved.

I would like to take this opportunity to remind you about our Open Meeting on 8th/9th September when you can do it all over again. The event is also a Selector for the Junior Development Squad. You will be pleased to learn that sailing will be over "neap tides" and sunshine has been booked for the occasion. 


Duncan Glen

(Squadron 66 Fleet Captain)

Great Turnout at Stone Training Day for New Sailors - 18 Cadets and gorgeous sunshine

The first Cadet training session of 2012 held on Saturday had 18 eager children arrived at the club keen to get sailing in the 2012 sailing season at Stone.

We had 7 helms aged between 10 and 13. Most of them had never helmed a Cadet and this was coupled with 2 experienced and 8 inexperienced crew. 2 cadets took part in the Laser 4.7 training with Frankie and Georgia. The remaining 16 took part in the Cadet dinghy sailing with Duncan.
The weather couldn’t have been kinder to us it was gorgeous sunshine with a steady force 2. Most of the children looked like they had been helming for years. It was a great start for our training at the club and hopefully these numbers at training will continue to rise through the season. With an early Cadet week this year in June (6-9th) these children will be racing with the rest before we know it.
Angie (Stone Squad Captain)

New and improved Cadet Training Scheme for 2012/13

In a nutshell all open training and Squad events will be held at the same place and time - each group on the same water on the same day with their respective coaches. This includes the replacement squad for the RYA Zone Squad and the continuing RYA National Junior Squad. This means-

  • More boats will be able to get together for better training in specific areas such as race starts. 
  • Catch up with your friends in other squads.  
  • Less travel issues if you have more than one sailor in your family. 
  • Greater turnout at your local club as all the travellers will be back together more often.

PS Squad Jackets will be available.  Watch this space! 

Click HERE for Squad & Training Selection Notice
Click HERE for UKNCCA Squad & Training Pathway Model

2012  Inland Championships sponsored by Noble Marine Insurance Brokers (6th/7th April 2012) - Outcome dependent on final race.
For the first time in several years the weather behaved well enough for a full set of races to be completed as planned
Alex Corby & Robert Keen are this year’s Cadet Inland Champions in 9000 White Stuff winning by a single point from Matthew Shorrock & Ryan Wilkinson in 8352 Master Mariner. First girl was Annie Knott & Ellie Wootton in 8432 Trident

71 Cadets took to the water, divided into Gold, Silver and Bronze Fleets. The course was a traditional triangle followed by two windward/leeward loops. Six races were scheduled with a discard kicking in with the fifth race.

full report available HERE

Click HERE for Gold and Silver Fleet results
Click HERE for Bronze Fleet results

National Squad & National Junior Squad at Grafham 

Last weekend saw both of the Cadet Class National squads come together at the same venue. Training was still maintained in the same format but the squads joined for some racing each day to put into practice their newly honed skills.

The National Junior Squad were as always ably led by Adam Bowers and Katrina Brewer and the National Squad with Michael Macnamara and Sam Brearey.

The weekend produced some excellent training with a decent force 4 on the Saturday to a light and shifty but technical breeze on Sunday. Both squads had plenty of "on the water" time and enjoyed some very close and competitve racing.

National Squad

Alex Corby & Robert Keen, Loni Lilienthal & Lucie Offord, Sam & Ben Barr, Jack Wilson & Jim Brooker, Emma & Joshua White, Alex Warrington & Laura Lloyd, Annie Knott & Ellie Wootton, Jack Hardie & Archie Somers, Sam Yale & Harry Chatterton, Sam Cooper & Oliver King, Katie Kinver & Martha Jones, Nick Sutton & Josh Bennett.

National Junior Squad

Lucy & Lainey Terkelsen, Alex Philpott & Megan Ferguson, Hattie Ayre & Cally Terkelsen, Matt Shorrock & Ryan Wilkinson, Will Davies & Harry Fitzsimmons, Max Crowe & Henry Collings, Jamie Proffit & Theo Smith, Matt Currell & Tom Collyer.

 National Squad Training - Thorpe Bay YC

The Cadet Class National Squad enjoyed a great weekend's training at Thorpe Bay. The sun was ordered and duly arrived. The wind was almost late but arrived just in time to deliver some technical tide and current training.

As ever, the weekend's exercises were led and superbly delivered by Michael Macnamara who was very ably assisted by recent Fireball World Champion crew; Sam Brearey, who did some awesome 1 to 1 coaching with the sailors. Not one of the squad went away having not learned something new!

Many thanks to Steve Corby, John Wilson and Mike Lloyd for kindly bringing their ribs to support the training.

What did you do this weekend?

We had a blast!..

The final Development Squad session at Torquay with Adam Bowers.
To see the training videos click >>here.

The Clubhouse Online System is waiting for you.!!

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RYA Volvo Dinghy Show                                                    

The Cadet Class had a larger than usual presence at this year's dinghy show. With the Jack Holt Centenary display the Cadet played an important role. We had the recently built "Zest" on the main stand showing off the class along with DVD's of the training and boat archives where past Cadet sailors could look up their old boat. On the RYA Volvo youth stand we had "Hammer Head" as a superb example of the fibre glass boats and finaly in pride of place in the Jack Holt line up was the oldest registered Cadet still on the circuit - "Pintail".

I would like to thank Tim Gummer for all his hard work in organising such a great display. The White, Wilson and Hayward families for donating their boats for us to display. Finaly thanks to all those who gave up their precious time to come and help out on the stands especially Matt White and David Elliott. It was also great to see many of the Cadet Sailors showing off their boats and handing out lollies and leaflets!

Howard Warrington

2012 World Team Selection Notice

Please find the 2012 World Team Selection Notice here: Download

2012 Inland Championships - NOR & Fleets

Please click on the link below to find the Notice of Race for this year's Inland Championships to be held at Grafham Water. The entry to this event will be live on Friday 23rd Feb. You will be able to enter using your new Sailor ID which hopefuly you have all set up now (see below).

Please also see the link to this year's Fleets. Don't worry if your name doesn't appear if you are new to the event circuit, you will be allocated accordingly. In fact we want to invite all Cadet Sailors to come and join the fun and adventure that is currently enjoyed by those who participate in the events.

Please talk to your Squadron Captains if you are unsure about the fleets or traveling to events - there is always some one to help!

See you there!!!

2012 Inland Championships NOR
2012 Cadet Fleet Protocol

Third Development Squad & Open Training - Parkstone Jan 2012

What an excellent couple of days sailing. High wind confidence reinforced. 
To see the training videos click >>here.  Full article >>here

Entries open for the 2012 RYA Volvo Youth National Championships

Pwllheli Sailing Club 31st March - 6th April. Entry deadline is up until midnight on Sunday 25th March

RYA Volvo National Youth Squad, Transition Squad and sailors who are making the step up from the RYA Junior Squads are all expected to make the trip to North Wales to compete at the pinnacle event on the Youth racing circuit.    Go to www.ryaracingevents.org.uk for more info.

Another Ex Cadet and well known coach Aaron Cooper in a bid for TV Stardom (sorry Aaron!)
Channel 4 programme featuring Aaron Cooper (Current National Squad Coach) and the selection process for the Artemis Acadamy. The Artemis Offshore Academy provides a UK training programme for British short-handed sailors, with the ultimate goal being to put a British sailor in a strong position to win the Vendée Globe in 2016 or 2020.

Highlight is when the candidates are asked to build and race a boat out of plywood and tape, Aaron builds a Cadet (well maybe?) and wins. Does he get selected? Watch the video (run time 23mins).

Did You Know? -

Nick Craig, finalist for the prestigious  YJA Pantaenius Yachtsman of the Year sailed Cadets before going on to win multiple National and World titles and 5 Endevour Events.  Still a Frensham Pond member,  Nick has in recent years attended Cadet training to share some of his wisdom with todays Cadet sailors. 

Go here >>>http://www.yja.co.uk/default.lasso  for the Official Website 

 Ex Cadets Compete for GBR in ISAF World Championships 

Running from the 3rd - 18th December, A significant number of ex-Cadets are competing including Andrea Brewster, Ben Rhodes, Stevie Morrison & Kitty Hughes
The International Sailing Federation (ISAF) is recognised by the International Olympic Committee as the world governing body for the sport of sailing.

The Perth 2011 ISAF World Championships are the main qualification event for the 2012 London Olympic Games. 75% of nations to qualify will be selected from these World Championships.

Go here >>>  http://www.perth2011.com/ for the Official Website

1st North Zone Squad Weekend - Parents Patrolled!!     
Alton Water hosted the first RYA Cadet North Zone Squad Camp over the weekend 19th/20th November 2011. - "We were extremely fortunate to have Chris Videlo, very ably assisted by Hamish Stone, as coaches."


Sunny light airs (F2) and bright sunshine on Saturday and fog following which the wind picked up to F1 (just) with more warm bright sunshine on Sunday. The sailors rigged their own boats (they really did). Parents were under the strictest  of courteous instructions from Chris not to get involved. This led to parental itchy fingers and parents ratting on the ones who were helping, with taunts of "parent patrol"
"Actually, although we were not used to not helping, the new way worked well. - In our case, Alex and Richard discovered how to put 20 units of rig tension, on their own." With minimal help the sailors did it all.
Training was race-based and the sailors tacked and gybed on the whistle. After lunch they raced in a staggered start - 30 sec intervals. Everyone was off the water at 3.00 and away by 4.00. On Sunday, after rigging and jogging, the sailors had an extended session onshore in the fog on mast rake and an early lunch. After that there was a 3-race series, which Ed (Harris)and Lisa won, with Alex and Richard 2nd and Emily/Rebecca Mitchell 3rd.

"All in all it was a great weekend. The sailors worked as a team more than I have ever seen. They were keen and attentive. Parents all seemed to have a good time, with many going for an autumn walk round the lakeside. The litmus test for me was that it was a weekend of smiles all round."
Stephen Page
Stop Press
Chris Videlo - Zone Squad Coach wins the RYA's 'I love sailing'  video competition... Click for more

Sunny Days - Winter Training

It's a glorious November day; the sun is low in the sky and streaming through the windows of Bowmoor Sailing Club in Gloucestershire where I'm sitting watching the Cadets on the water. It’s Remembrance Sunday - actually it's just after the 11th hour as I write this.

The eight Cadet boats making up this year’s Development Squad (DS) are out on the water with their coach Adam Bowers. Conditions are near perfect; a bright day with the wind out of the east-northeast at about 12mph – great for training. This is the first of five weekends between now and March when these boats will meet up at various sailing clubs around the country.
Last night many of the DS parents and children descended on the Cold Harbour restaurant attached to the nearby Premier Inn. Thanks to some rapid last minute re-organisation by Tim Gummer we ended up with a table of adults at one end of the restaurant and a table of 10+ children at the other end. Good conversation ensued, the food was decent and the beer flowed.
It's been an excellent couple of days - my son is learning a great deal. Part of the focus this weekend is on starts and the conditions have allowed them to practice numerous races. I asked Adam what he thought of the weekend, he said "Great weather, good learning and nice people", and I couldn't agree more.
Matthew and I will both arrive home this evening tired and hungry but will both be looking forward to our next outing in four weeks’ time.

Mike Lloyd
At Bowmoor Sailing Club
13th November 2011

Ps Many thanks to Bowmoor for all their facilities

Into the fast lane!  Cadet to 420 by Hattie Ayre and Ben Hazeldine

When the time comes for the aspiring sailor to move up to the youth classes, the 420 with its symmetrical spinnaker is a logical option. Read more...

2011 Endeavour Trophy - 7th/9th October 2011

One of the honours of winning the Cadet Nationals is to represent the Class in the annual RCYC Endeavour Championship.  Read more...

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