Cadets at Colne Yacht Club

To be a CYC cadet, you have to be at least 8 years old and no more than 18. No sailing experience is necessary but you need to be able to swim 50 metres. Our Saturday morning cadet activities and annual Activity Week allow you to enjoy being out on the water whilst staying safe as you develop the skills of sailing.

Why join CYC cadets?

The aim of the cadet section is to inspire, encourage and build the confidence of young sailors of all abilities. We help them develop new skills with a range of exciting sailing based activities and the occasional competitive event. The cadets development is structured through a log book, that sets direction and records achievements. All involved with this program – cadets and volunteers, work towards creating an inclusive environment that is supportive and challenging, helping everyone reach their full potential.

When do the cadets sail?

Every Saturday, from early May to early October, starting at 09:00 am outside the Clubhouse.

What kit will I need?

A spray-proof top, buoyancy aid and appropriate footwear. In warm weather: add a peaked cap and suncream. When it's cold: add a vest, a warm hat and sailing gloves. We recommend a wetsuit all year round: having fun on the water means you get wet; and even a gentle breeze will chill you. The club can provide some of this, but please check in advance as sizes differ.

What boats do we provide?

CYC has a fleet of sailing dinghies available (Wayfarer, Topazes, Laser 1, Laser 2, Laser 3000 and Toppers), and when afloat these are escorted by two safety RIBs crewed by Sailing Leaders who stay close to the Cadets at all times.

Other sailing opportunities

The more competent CYC Cadets are invited to experience 'big boat' sailing during the summer months on the Club's seven-metre Hunter Sonatas and on members' competitive cruisers. Typically this occurs during Cadet Activity Week, the annual Regatta and for special events such as Bart's Bash.

What about safety?

The cadet sessions are overseen by our cadet captain, Ray Titchmarsh. The club's safety boats accompany the cadet fleet at all times. No cadet is allowed to take part if they are not wearing a bouyancy aid and appropriate clothing. 

Our team of volunteers and staff

Derek Coleman is the Flag Officer with responsibility for Cadets: dellbouy19@gmail.com or on 07771 515101

Ray Titchmarsh is the Cadet Captain, who directs and organises Saturday mornings and Activity Week, and accompanies the Cadets while they are afloat. Ray has long experience and can be contacted at ray.titchmarsh@hotmail.com or on 07850 247100.

Jennifer Herman is Cadet Commodore and Elizabeth Hill is Cadet Vice Commodore. Both are experienced young sailors. Cadet Flag Officers are elected at the Cadet AGM held in March each year.

Annette Stefanizzi is the qualified and designated CYC Child Protection Officer.

Emma is our Club Administrator and can be contacted on 01206 302594 or waterside@colneyachtclub.org.uk as a central information and message point.

We have a rota of Shore Leaders (Mother Goose) maintaining radio contact with the safety RIBS. She signs in the Cadets in the morning, takes the payments (currently £3 per session per Cadet), and the correct forms are completed, which give parental consent and medical information, and allow us to maintain safety. She also ensures Cadets sign out at the end of the morning. Mother Goose welcomes other parents' help in providing shore-based support.

We are also delighted to have the continued support of our safety boat crews and seniors (Mutineers) without whom we could not operate.

Cadet Activity Week

Each year the Club runs Cadet Activity Week. In 2017 it will be from Monday 24th July to Friday 28th July. This is a popular annual five-day event providing the young participants with a variety of sailing experiences - as well as offering a welcome relief to parents during the school holiday!! It is extremely well-organised with the key words being 'safety' and 'fun'. Awards and certificates are presented at the end of the week. Booking forms with full details are available from the Club office.

How do I get involved?

Please complete the Cadet Parental Consent Form.

For a membership form, please contact the office via the email button or on 01206 302594.


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