Cadets - Pond Sailing

News from the Cadets!

Our aim here at the RBYC is to provide a general introduction to the water, whereby our youngster will become 'sailors for life'. We generally run sessions every other Sunday. This might be on the pond or racing on the river or training on the river. And then - Cadet Week (this year Saturday 19th to Thursday 24th August) - which is the highlight of our sailing year, with sailing taking place both on the river and on the pond.

Pond Sundays are open to all those RB Cadets aged 10 and under at the farmer's pond over at Boro’ Waters (Ratsborough Farm), between Burnham and Southminster – perfect for a gentle introduction. Children are coached from kayaks until they are confident enough to sail around a course on their own.

Any adult volunteers on the pond or the river are always gratefully enlisted – we really do have a fun time and it’s such a rewarding job to watch the children progress and their confidence fly. This year, we are looking forward to guest appearances on the pond from the Rock Stars of the RBOD and RS Elite fleets… who have kindly offered their precious time to help coach our youngest members. What they don’t know isn’t worth knowing, so these pond dates are unmissable. And we are always delighted to see our past and senior Cadets coming back to the pond to show the little ones how it’s done.

First bookings go to members, so it’s a good reason for non-members to sign up – with memberships starting at less than £35 per month (see the end of this newsletter for more details on membership) - what’s not to love? Sailing for the kids, the chance to jump on a boat on the river for their designated parent, and a rather nice bar and restaurant to boot… Please do book in for any event - and help us make the best arrangements for you in advance.

This year we will be having a Cadet camp out at Boro’ Waters – an overnight feast of tenting loveliness followed by a day on the pond on the Sunday (23rd July). We are waiting for the cost of pitches – but this is a date for everyone’s diary! We’d love the senior Cadets to come and join the juniors and show them how it’s done!


Saturday 8th April 2017 Dinghy park and club boats working party at 1000am
Sunday 16th April 2017 (Easter) Easter Egg Hunt and family Easter Sunday Lunch
River Training 1
Sunday 30th April 2017 River Training 2
Saturday 29th April 2017 Refresher course for those wishing to help on Safety Boats
Sunday 14th May 2017 Clare Series 1 (racing)
Saturday 27th May 2017 (Whitsun) Target date for Belinda to go in water for older Cadets
Sunday 28th May 2017 Pond Sunday 1
River sailing tbc
Sunday 11th June 2017 Pond Sunday 2
River sailing tbc
Sunday 25th June 2017 Clare Series 2
Saturday 8th July 2017 Secret Water weekend – details to follow
Sunday 9th July 2017 Secret Water weekend – details to follow
Saturday 22nd July 2017 Camp out at pond (subject to weather, availability)
Sunday 23rd July 2017 Pond Sunday 3
Saturday 30th September 2017 Carnival Cup tbc
Sunday 8th October 2017 Hooper Cup
Saturday 28th October 2017 Halloween Party