Cadet Class

Waldringfield Cadet Squadron

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The Waldringfield Cadet Squadron is one of the strongest Cadet dinghy fleets in the United Kingdom. The Cadet is a small two-person dinghy, originally designed by Jack Holt in 1947 and sailed by children up to the age of 17. The class has been raced at Waldringfield since the 1950s. It is still an excellent training and racing boat which has been a proving ground for future Olympic sailors.

We currently have around 30 active Cadet dinghies at Waldringfield and we’re always keen for new members to join in. It’s a great fun in a safe environment, and the kids develop friendships which can last a lifetime.

Children generally start crewing in Cadets aged between 6-9. Complete novices are welcome as your older helm will teach you what you need to do – all you really need is plenty of enthusiasm. The Club also organises several coaching events during the season and a half term “training camp” at, all of which help the youngsters gain the confidence and improve their sailing skills. At all times there’s plenty of safety boat cover and opportunities for parents to help on the water as well.

After a few seasons of crewing, most youngsters then graduate into helming a Cadet themselves – we have 2 club Cadets available for rental.

In 2017 the Club will be running a number of Saturday morning “Junior Club” sailing mornings where the youngsters can have a go in a Cadet, helmed by an experienced sailor. It’s a fun, gentle introduction to the sport, with games and mini races and a great stepping stone to racing on Saturday afternoons. Enthusiastic crews are always in demand

The fleet has all standards of sailors – some are just beginning, others moving up through the fleet quickly, some are winning races at club level, whilst the top Cadets are sailing at national and international level. We are proud of all our young sailors, who are all winners in our eyes –learning new skills, gaining in self-confidence and having lots of fun along the way. We encourage everyone, whatever their aspirations.

Along with club racing and a number of trophy events, our Cadet highlight of the year is Cadet Week which is held in August, sponsored by our local chandlery Seamark Nunn. Up to 40 cadets for different clubs take part in a week of sailing, beach games, barbecues, discos and camping……whatever the weather, it’s a great week for both children and parents (who get their own social programme during the week).

To get started please contact Jamie Whittle, the Cadet Squadron Leader or simply turn up to a Junior Club event on a Saturday morning (see the Club’s main website for specific dates). Our children class captains for 2018 are Connor Line & Hazel Whittle.

It doesn’t cost much to have a go. As an absolute minimum, kids need a wetsuit and a buoyancy aid but it’s generally possible to borrow these before committing. By the age of 12 or 13 children are often ready to start helming and second hand Cadets are very reasonably priced, starting at around £500 for a starter boat. Like all things, once you catch the bug, it can get pricier, but £1500-2000 should buy you a competitive boat. As mentioned earlier, we also have two Club boats which are good for beginners to start with

Clearly, once you’ve caught the bug, we would encourage you to apply for membership of Waldringfield Sailing Club.

Parents who aren’t sailors should not be put off – there are plenty of land-bound members, often to be seen relaxing at the club with a fantastic view of the river and sailing. We look forward to welcoming you to Waldringfield Cadets!



WSC Cadets – Sailing Programme 2018

Date Venue Event Description
Jan 7-Mar 4 (Sun) Alton Water Frostbite Series
January 27-28 Grafham Water SC NJS and National Squad Training
February 3-4 Grafham Water Centre NJS Squad Training
February 17-18 Itchenor SC South Zone Regional Training
March 3-4 Alexandra Palace, London RYA Dinghy Show
March 11 WSC 1st Club Races of 2017 Season
March 10-11 Stone NJS and National Squad Training
March 17-18 Farmoor, South Cerney South Zone Regional Training
March TBC TBC NJS and National Squad Training
March 24-25 Alton Water East Zone Regional Training
March 24 Frensham Pond SC Open Meeting
April 1-2 WSC Easter Egg Open Meeting
April 7-8 Stone SC East Zone Regional Training
April 7-8 Datchet NJS Squad Training
April 15 WSC Cadet Sunday Training 1
April 21-22 (Mon + Tue) WPNSA (Weymouth) 1st World Team Selector Event
May 5 WSC Junior Sailing Club
May 5-6 Stone SC 2nd World Team Selector Event
May 13 WSC Cadet Sunday Training 2
May 19 WSC Junior Sailing Club
May 26-27 Pevensey Bay SC 3rd World Team Selector Event
May 29-30 (Tue + Wed) WSC Half Term Training Camp
June 2 WSC Cadet Super Saturday (4 Races)
June 2 WSC Junior Sailing Club
June 9 WSC Junior Sailing Club
June 10 WSC Cadet Sunday Training 3
June 16 WSC Junior Sailing Club
June 30 -July 1 WSC Cadet + U21 Laser Radial Open Meeting
June 30-July 4th Nieuwpoort, Belgium Flanders Youth Regatta
July 1 (?) Fishers Green SC Open Meeting
July 7 WSC Junior Sailing Club
July 21 WSC Junior Sailing Club
July 21-25 Bodstedt, Germany Worlds Training
July 28 – Aug 3 Bodstedt, Germany 2018 World Championships
Aug 10-14 (Fri-Tue) WSC Waldringfield Cadet Week
Aug 24-27 (Fri-Mon) Thorpe Bay YC UKNCCA National Championships
Sept 1 WSC Junior Sailing Club
Sept 8-9 WSC Cartoon Trophy
Sept 15 WSC Junior Sailing Club
Sept 16 WSC Cadet Sunday Training 4
Sep 22-23 Alton Water UKNCCA Inland Championships
Sep 29-30 TBA RYA Zone Championships
Oct 14 WSC Cadet Sunday Training 5
Nov 10 WSC Cadet Squdron AGM

Links : UK National Cadet Class Association.