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Barnt Green Sailing Club - Cadet No.2 Squadron
Class Captain:Carl Taylor.Tel:01527 592213. Email.
On Saturday 18th September 2010 we held our Cadet Open meeting. Sadly not supported by any visiting helms, however, six Barnt Green boats battled it out and the only result known at present is that the windsurfing fleets very own Lewis Barnes won the event, well done Lewis. More information as soon as it is to hand.
CADET RYA VOVLO TRAINING TV VIDEOS HERE
Saturday 19th September 2009 - the Barnt Green Cadet Open - click the links above for details.
The Cadet Page is sponsored by Rybrook - Rednal. 4x4 and car dealership, more here
Great Cadet and Optimist news from the RYA West Zone event at Blithfield, well done the BG sailors. more
Junior Helm Event 2008 is on Saturday 30th August. More (2007/6 archived on same page)
About the Cadet
For beginners at club level there are training days and Katie’s Crew. Sailors can then pursue the RYA badges or continue with club training and attend Open Training organised by the Association, which may be at a nearby club. If they are successful they might be selected for an RYA squad. There are Zone Squads for the younger, less experienced teams and then the top boats in the country aspire to the National Squad.
As soon as helms and crews are comfortable with the basic skills of sailing, the club and Class will encourage them to try their hand at racing. Much of the training at Zone Squad and National squad level is preparing teams for the various competitions that take place throughout the year. Firstly we will host an Open event with visitors arriving from all over the country. Then there are the Association run Indicators, including Inland Championships and National Championships where over 100 cadets will gather to compete for the many trophies and prizes. These events provide a fantastic opportunity to children to meet new friends and enjoy the various social activities while participating in a lively outdoor sport.
Coming to the start line
The International Cadet Class itself was formed in 1947 and Jack Holt who was a junior race trainer designed the first Cadet boat. Since then, thousands of children have had their first introduction to sailing via the Cadet including several Olympic Sailing medallists. Barnt Green was amongst the first clubs to have a fleet of Cadets and we are proud that Cadets have sailed here ever since. (Webmaster's comment, in fact the second fleet to be established, hence "No. 2 squadron")
The Cadet dinghy
The Cadet is what is known as a one-design boat and therefore all Cadets have the same, strictly controlled measurements. The boat itself is 3.2m long, weighs 61.2 kg and has a sail area of 4.55 / 4.65 square metres.
The boat was purposely designed to be too small for an adult to sail but with all the attributes of a racing dingy even to include a spinnaker. For many years all Cadets were made of wood but the latest models are made of glass fibre which of course means low maintenance.
We have Club Boats you can sail but when you decide you want a boat. There is a ready market for older Cadet dinghies, both wooden and glass fibre. These cheaper older boats are never the less still very competitive with national success being achieved in second-hand boats costing less than £1,000. There are boats for sale all the time, often within the Club just ask.
The Cadet Class is not just restricted to the UK, and each year a team is selected following a series of Indicator events to compete in the World Championships. These have taken place in Australia, Argentina, India and various European countries. There is often a promotional regatta alongside these events that any boat can enter.
At Barnt Green
Most Sundays you will see a number of Cadets on the Water. Abilities range from people hoping to make the National Squad, to Zone Squad Boats, to people who have just started. The fleet will happily welcome and show new members where the Club Boats are, and also promises that if you want to Crew, we will find you a slot in at least one of the two Sunday races. You are welcome to just turn up on Cadet Beach (Just keep walking through the Boat Park past the OD Hut) 30 minutes before racing starts. But please bring a change of clothes and a towel.
Please also feel free to take out a club Cadet, we have three Club boats that you can sail. 9402 and the two Nat West Boats, if you are unsure how to rig them just ask. We will be delighted to show you. The Cadet is a great Boat to Sail and with practice you will be amazed how quickly you can become one of the many Champion Cadet Sailors the Club has seen!
This photo is of by a strong wind training session on 26th February 2006. It was blowing Force 4 to 5
Finally, here is an archive picture showing a Cadet being resued when the lake was very low in 1960.