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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 (

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  

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.....
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

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

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

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


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