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Go Racing for Juniors

Cadet Class Racing

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.

To find out more about the opportunities available in the Cadet fleet contact Andy Bush at or phone 07850 349990.

Topper Class Racing

Waldringfield’s Topper fleet offers adults and juniors the opportunity to take part in our racing programme in an easily managed single-hander.

The Topper is a lightweight single-handed one-design dinghy, easily rigged and with very simple sail controls (and built from polypropylene and therefore virtually indestructible!). The recommended weight range for racing is around 45-65kg, with a smaller 4.2 sail available for lighter sailors or windier conditions!

For adults, the Topper appeals to novices as well as those who find the Laser can be a bit too much of a handful.

For children, the Topper gives our junior members a single-handed option.

If you would like to race a Topper or arrange to try sailing one please contact: . Visit the Club’s Topper class page