Cadet Class


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 25 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 children develop friendships which can last a lifetime.

Children generally start crewing in Cadets aged between 6-9. Complete novices are welcome as older helms will teach beginners what they need to know – all you really need is plenty of enthusiasm. The Club also organises six training days during the season, 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 four Cadets available for hire for a small fee, see Dinghies and Kayaks.

From May onwards,  Junior Sailing Club will run on five selected Saturday mornings in May, June and July.  Children can have a sail 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.  See the 2020 Timetable for dates. 

In 2020, Junior Cadet Racing Squad is providing a link between Junior Sailing Club and the Racing Fleet with an extra training session on Saturday 23rd May to build on sailor’s experiences. 

The Cadet 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.  

Once Cadet sailors have got too old or too big for their boat, the squad sees many youth sailors moving into the RS200, a double handed boat that is ideal for the youth spirit and has a very vibrant fleet at WSC.

Along with Club Racing every Saturday afternoon between March and November, and a number of trophy events, our Cadet highlight of the year is Cadet Week which is held in August. Up to 40 cadets from 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, Cadet Squadron Leader at or for Junior Sailing Club email:  (see timetable below).

Our Junior Class Captains for 2020 are Libby Bush and Hamish Collingridge.

It doesn’t cost much to have a go. Minimum requirements are a wetsuit, buoyancy aid and suitable shoes, but it is 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 four Club boats which are available to hire for a small charge (£10 p/day)

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!





Start of Season Socials


Friday 13th March 8pm at Suffolk Ski Centre

(, age 4 +

(wear gloves, long sleeves and trousers, no experience required!)

To book contact Jamie on:


Cadet Squadron Brunch & Sailing Gear Sale

Saturday 14th March @ WSC, 11am

Meet the Class Captains, Learn about the Cadet Pathway, Meet other Sailors …more details to follow


Cadet Training 2020

15 March, 19 April, 12 July, 26 July, 13 Sept & 18 Oct

Structured training for ALL levels –  although participants should have already learnt the sailing basics (minimum RYA Level 2 or
equivalent experience from Junior Sailing Club)

£20 p/boat p/day if booked & paid at least a week in advance*.

£100 for all 6 sessions if booked & paid at start of season.

*(£30 if booked within final 7 days)

Sailing Programme 2020




January – March Alton Water Frostbite Series
18-19 January Itchenor SC UKNCCA/RYA training
08-09 February Grafham RYA UKJS Residential Training
29 Feb – 01 March Alexandra Palace, London RYA Dinghy Show
07-08 March South Cerney SC RYA UKJS & UKNCCA NDS Training
14 March WSC

1st Spring Series begins, Cadet Squadron Brunch & Sailing Gear Sale

15 March WSC Cadet Training Sunday 1
28-29 March Bristol Royal Corinthian SC UKNCCA NS & NDS/RYA UKJS Training
04-05 April Grafham Water SC UKNCCA Spring Series 1
10-11 April WSC

Easter Egg Open Meeting

19 April WSC Cadet Training Sunday 2
25-26 April WPNSA UKNCCA Spring Series 2
02/03 May Pevensey Bay SC UKNCCA Spring Series 3
09 May WSC Junior Sailing 1
16 May WSC Junior Sailing 2
13 June WSC Junior Sailing 3
20-21 June WSC Cadet + U21 RS200 Open
04 July WSC Junior Sailing 4
04-05 July   Flanders Youth Regatta
11 July WSC Junior Sailing 5
12 July WSC Cadet Training Sunday 3
17-19 July WSC WSC Regatta
26 July WSC Cadet Training Sunday 4
01-08 August Lake Garda, Italy European Championships
19-23 August WSC Waldringfield Cadet Week
28-31 August Lee-on-Solent UKNCCA National Championships
05-06 September WSC Cartoon Trophy
13 September WSC Cadet Training Sunday 5
TBC Grafham Water SC UKNCCA Inland Championships
TBC Grafham Water SC RYA Zone Championships
18 October WSC Cadet Training Sunday 6

Links : UK National Cadet Class Association