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The 90 young sailors who attended the Cadet Nationals at Brixham Yacht Club were blessed with a wonderful week of racing, dolphins on the race track, seals watching the boats launch, shore events (in the water of course), barbecues, and just hanging out with future lifelong friends in the lovely weather which arrived right on cue for the English Riviera.

Brixham Yacht Club served up a treat – despite a number of former Lark Class sailors who were banned from the club in the 1990s turning up as (only somewhat) reformed parents – the welcome could not have been warmer and the Commodore’s speech at the closing prize-giving summed up how happy the club had been to host us.

Amongst the 39 boats entered in gold and silver fleet this year we were joined by eight boats making the trip from Belgium – moules frites were on the menu for the first night dinner, and it was also great to see a strong turnout of six boats in the coached regatta fleet who coped with challenging conditions but had some really close racing too – today’s new helms and crews; tomorrow’s potential champions.

Sailing kicked off with boisterous conditions for the practice race and first points race. I really can’t recall who won the practice race but a number of boats bailed out at the finish in line with superstition about winning it so it really doesn’t matter.

By the time of the first points race which followed conditions were beginning to get really quite fruity – in part wind strength, in part sea state and in part due to the proximity of the windward mark to the shore of Torbay which caused some pretty big gusts and shifts and caught quite a number out.

Phoebe Bradshaw and Rhona Enkel kicked off their series in style taking the win from Lia Fletcher & Kali Karaskas and Yasmin Sfaxi & Matteo Mancini. A number of other fancied boats took to sampling the water temperature thus adding some early discard pressure to their week’s points tally. In Regatta fleet Ethan Miller & Thomas Pontet coped best and took the win from Ryan Harris & Oliver Caygill.

Phoebe & Rhona repeated the trick in race 2 ahead of Eli Watling and George Little in second and Ollie & Will Mears in third. Two bullets and Phoebe & Rhona had laid down the gauntlet. Results elsewhere were rather more random as the shifty but windy conditions made it hard to get the beats right and tempted many a sailor who should know better to bang out left or right in search of nirvana which often failed to appear.

In regatta fleet Ryan & Oliver picked up their first win of the week from Mimi Slump & Jolyon Conway.

Over the next two races on the second day Phoebe & Rhona picked up a sixth and a further bullet to leave them in a commanding position after four races sailed – they were clearly loving the big breeze and the challenge that came with it. At this point Daisy Nunn & Oscar Bush had scored 8, 8, 3, 7 so nothing to see there then – more on that later. Katie Yelland & Dom Rowell had got second in race 3 and Hazel Whittle & Gwen Thorogood got a second in race 4 from Olivia Gowland & Hettie Thorogood.

In Regatta fleet the spoils were being shared about with wins for Belgians Erazem Perko & David Toro and Mimi & Jolyon.

Zhik Cadet UK National Championships at Brixham - photo © Tim Hampton /
Zhik Cadet UK National Championships at Brixham – photo © Tim Hampton /

On day 3 the conditions looked to be a bit lighter although no less shifty and the wind deciding rather unpredictably which of the three valleys it wanted to blow down towards Torbay. In races 5 and 6 Daisy & Oscar started a move towards the top of the leader board picking up a brace of wins from Lia & Kali and Katie & Dom in race 5 and Eli & George and Anouck De Ripainsel & Maxim Bastens in race 6.

Long term Cadet observers attributed their tremendous boatspeed to them sailing at speed in “low mode” and sitting just a touch further aft than most to help the bow transom through the sloppy choppy conditions. Note to others – they mostly went up the middle too, picking the shifts as they presented themselves rather than banging out to the lay lines.

In regatta fleet Ethan & Thomas also enjoyed a brace of wins, the first from Mimi & Jolyon and then from Ryan & Oliver.

So on we went to day 4. Still a little bit lighter and shifty, still plenty of land effects, still plenty to tempt the sailors to throw caution to the wind and try their luck with the wheel of fortune.

Well sometimes of course fortune does indeed favour the brave and so it was in race 7 that Toby Bush & Kemmel Thorogood, having spun from a start line incident, headed hard right to emerge with a country mile lead at the windward (if I didn’t think they’d used up their dose of good luck I’d be getting them to choose my lottery tickets). That said, they then set about a lap of mature, safety-first sailing as Daisy and Toby’s brother Oscar looked to close down the gap without initially much success.

Zhik Cadet UK National Championships at Brixham - photo © Tim Hampton /
Zhik Cadet UK National Championships at Brixham – photo © Tim Hampton /

All looked to be going well for Toby & Kemmel until the run down the outside of the trapezoid when Toby set off first towards the original inner loop leeward gate, then towards the outer loop leeward mark before finally finding the outer gybe mark and making it round still ahead of Daisy and Oscar. The country mile was now little more than the distance of a gnat’s whatsit but up the final beat to the finish Toby’s happy-go-lucky demeanour saw him prevail in circumstances when many a more experienced sailor would have surely suffered a confidence crisis. Daisy & Oscar second and Ollie & Will third.

Regatta fleet didn’t get much attention from many of us whilst all this drama was going on, although had Toby looked where they were on the outer loop his troubles would have lessened considerably as they were at the time clearly at the gybe mark he was searching for! Ryan & Oliver took race 7 from Elisa & Ammie Power and in race 8 it was Erazem & David picking up their second win of the week from Ethan & Thomas.

Back in the main gold and silver fleet race 8 saw Katie & Dom pick up a race win from Lia & Kali with Daisy & Oscar maintaining their charge to the top with a third… .all delicately balanced going into the final day.

In the end Daisy and Oscar’s dominance in the not so windy stuff put paid to the photo finish many expected. Race 9 saw them pick up yet another bullet, this time from Mish Collingridge & Robbie Stewart and Katie & Dom. It wasn’t clear from the maths being done on the water but it looked like Daisy and Oscar might have done enough with a race to spare.

Zhik Cadet UK National Championships at Brixham - photo © Tim Hampton /
Zhik Cadet UK National Championships at Brixham – photo © Tim Hampton /

No matter, race 10 was still to come and off set Daisy and Oscar like the proverbial butcher’s dog to take their fourth bullet of the championships and with it the UK Cadet National Champions title. Second in race 10 were Lia & Kali with Charlotte Leigh & Tom Krailing taking third in Charlotte’s last ever Cadet race.

Speaking of butchers’ dogs, it’s rapidly becoming a mistake (or tradition) for Cadet parents to promise they’ll buy a dog for their child if they become National Champions; I did it a year ago and so now come on Spunge and Nellie Nunn – no reneging on promises, no excuses please – it’s your turn now!

In regatta fleet race 10 went to Ryan & Oliver from Mimi & Jolyon to allow them to take the overall win by just one point from Ethan & Thomas. A hard fought series there as well and one which impressed Arky our dedicated PRO with the closeness of the racing and seeing six boats properly on the start line at the “B” of Bang.

So that was it – worthy winners in all three fleets (Ioic Schoonooghe & Emilie Winand beat many gold fleet boats on their way to winning silver fleet) and “just” the prizegiving to come with great prizes from our sponsors Zhik and Orion Global Management Services to whom we owe a significant debt of gratitude. I say “just” the prizegiving because those who know the Cadet Class well know that you don’t have 50 odd years of history without amassing a wonderful array of silverware festooned with the names of past, present and, hopefully future, Olympian sailors.

We sadly said goodbye as we do every year to a number of sailors moving on to youth sailing but safe in the knowledge “You’ll never forget your first Cadet” – you bet!

Oh, did I mention? The parents, we had an absolute ball too.

Zhik Cadet UK National Championships at Brixham - photo © Tim Hampton /
Zhik Cadet UK National Championships at Brixham – photo © Tim Hampton /

Regatta Fleet Results:

PosNatSail NoHelmCrewClubR1R2R3R4R5R6R7R8R9R10Pts
1stGBR8854Ryan HarrisOliver CaygillFrensham Pond SC212‑3‑32133115
2ndGBR9371Ethan MillarThomas PontetSouth Cerney1‑4‑4211422316
3rdGBR7679Mimi SlumpJolyon ConwayFrensham Pond SC42312‑5‑541219
4thBEL8522Erazem PerkoDavid ToroNuclear331‑4‑43314422
5thGBR9080Elisa PowerAmmie PowerSouth Cerney55(DNS)55425‑6637
6thGBR9083Olivia McMorrisJosh DavidsonSouth Cerney(DNS)(DNS)DNSDNSDNS66RET5550

Main Fleet Results:
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PosFleetNatSail NoHelmCrewClubR1R2R3R4R5R6R7R8R9R10Pts
1stGoldGBR9994Daisy NunnOscar BushWaldringfield SC‑8‑83711231119
2ndGoldGBR10004Phoebe BradshawRhona EnkelFrensham Pond SC/Maylandsea SC11616665‑12‑1332
3rdGoldGBR10002Katie YellandDom RowellFrensham Pond SC(DNF)721034813‑1138
4thGoldGBR10012Lia FletcherKali KaraskasWaldringfield SC/Stone SC211‑12‑23251225241
5thGoldGBR9962Ollie MearsWill MearsRoyal Corinthian YC‑263214873‑336456
6thGoldGBR10051Ethan DaveyAlex EnkelWaldringfield SC/Maylinsea5591113810‑14‑15566
7thGoldGBR9028Elinor WatlingGeorge LittleFrensham Pond SC11251792‑226‑261668
8thGoldGBR9985Olivia GowlandHarrietThorogoodWaldringfield SC10‑23834‑2217107968
9thGoldGBR9982Charlotte LeighTom KrailingWaldringfield SC(RET)1210‑147109414369
10thGoldBEL9965Anouck De RipainselMaxim BastensWVD49(OCS)(OCS)18314124670
11thGoldGBR10001Toby BushKemmel ThorogoodWaldringfield SC12‑1776‑391419101574
12thGoldBEL9369Emma Van HoofLeena De BlendeRYCB(DNF)131131411713‑211890
13thGoldGBR9977Sam GoultSarah McEwanFrensham Pond SC1314115‑2615(DSQ)818892
14thGoldGBR8420Rosie TargettSophia SfaxiFrensham Pond SC(RET)101592212111816‑29113
15thGoldBEL9212Ziva PerkoThomas WinandNuclear(DNF)623812(OCS)572924114
16thGoldGBR9984Ben GoultAlex McEwanFrensham Pond SC94291659‑3016‑3227115
17thGoldGBR9983Hazel WhittleGwen ThorogoodWaldringfield SC15‑26132211821‑271720127
18thGoldGBR9964Yasmin SfaxiMatteo ManciniFrensham Pond SC/Fishers Green SC31614‑261716‑27241326129
19thGoldBEL10055Helena SchoonoogheAstrid Van DaeleBZYC6‑3724211120151919‑35135
20thSilverBEL8514Ioic SchoonoogheEmilie WinandBZYC Belgium2128‑3327161313‑29810136
21stGoldGBR9378William ShepherdTom ShepherdFrensham Pond SC181916122723‑3211‑3314140
22ndSilverGBR9876Isobel StewartChloe MorganWaldringfield SC(DNF)154‑37292520172012142
23rdGoldGBR8845Toby SlumpEmily CullenFrensham Pond SC1629‑3624‑3421422923148
24thSilverBEL9038Marie BastensLore StroobandtRYCB1921‑31222417162622‑31167
25thSilverGBR9382Max BuswellMonty HamptonSouth Cerney SC17‑311719191929‑373122173
26thSilverGBR10032Amelia MayhewElouise MayhewWaldringfield SC25251925‑31241821‑3017174
27thGoldBEL9575Miguel ToroBriek BooneVVW2322‑301820‑2928252321180
28thGoldGBR9877Hamish CollingridgeRobbie StewartWaldringfield SC(DNF)(OCS)323310312320230181
29thGoldGBR10076Hannah CarruthersLibby DaunterFrensham Pond SC7322628‑332825‑352519190
30thGoldGBR10003Libbie BushJoppe PattynWaldringfield SC(DNF)202720‑352619282828196
31stSilverGBR8852Tristan WhittleJames BaileyWaldringfield SC24‑351829‑37272434357198
32ndSilverGBR9367Tom WalkerNed FairhurstFrensham Pond SC221822303232‑33(RET)1132199
33rdSilverGBR9576Edward FletcherCharlie BaileyWaldringfield SC2024253225343615‑39‑39211
34thGoldGBR9321Ines GreenEmilia MayhewWaldringfield SC1434203623‑3735‑382725214
35thSilverGBR9027Phoebe BarrBrandon BarkerRoyal Corinthian YC272728341530(RET)3224‑37217
36thGoldGBR9673Alana CorbettMonty SlumpFrensham Pond SC(DNC)3035152835343134‑36242
37thSilverBEL8404Kobe StroobandtRoshan UppalRYCB(DNF)33373130332623‑3833246
38thGoldGBR7202Emilia HamptonJemima McMorrisSouth Cerney SC(DNF)36‑3835363631303634274
39thSilverGBR9401Megan McMorrisAva RobertsSouth Cerney SC(RET)‑383438383837363738296

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