News from the RBYC Cadets

News from the RBYC Cadets

Early Bird Offer for Cadet Week Ends 21 July and Book In Now for the Cadet Camp Out on 22 July!

Entries are flooding in thick and fast for Cadet Week 2017 (19-24 August) and as the planning hits a frenzied level we can assure you that it's going to be a truly wonderful week - with rumours that it'll be the best yet!  Don't forget that the Early Bird discount for entrants ends on 21 July so please book in online asap - Cadet Week online entry form - it's so simple to enter via the website thanks to Lizzie Brown's amazing work!

Next up is the Cadet Camp Out at Boro Waters overnight on 22/23 July.  Dust off your tent and let us know if we can book you a pitch - we will have a massive BBQ so all you need to do is bring your own food (and tent..)  And we'll be sailing on the pond on Sunday 23 July - so again, please book in with us (by email to if you would like to join us.

One last date to flag for Cadets and members alike - Saturday 19 August, the first day of Cadet Week, will this year be the evening of our annual RBYC Cadets Fundraising BBQ. We usually cater for over 100 members and friends and with another awesome prize raffle as well as some very special entertainment we'd be so grateful if you can book in and help support our youngest members' sailing activities. As always, thank you!


News from the RBYC Cadets

Book in for The Clare Cup this Sunday 25 June!

Calling all Cadets. The sun is shining, exams are nearly done and we are running Race Day 2 of The Allen Bros-sponsored Clare Cup this Sunday 25 June!  Briefing is at 9.30am and we'd be so grateful if you could enter online - there are daily prizes to be won.

The RBYC kitchen is providing a special Clare Cup Cadet menu featuring Burgers and Hot Dogs and we'll also have a second hand clothes rail sale - so if you have any gear which no longer fits, please bring it priced up and we'll take a small donation towards the Cadets.
Don't forget that bookings for Cadet Week 2017 are now open and can also be made online via the RBYC website.

Dates for your diary - Cadet Camp Out 22/23 July and of course Cadet Week 2017 which kicks off on 19 August.



News from the RBYC Cadets

Psssst... Cadet Week Entry is Open!

Another windy morning greeted the first race day of The Clare Cup on Sunday 14 May. 18 keen sailors gathered for our briefing and headed off up river to the start line, ably run by Race Officer Andy Wise assisted by David and Alison Osborne and some very glamorous assistants aboard Jane. Our three fleets consisted of one handicap, a racing Optimist and a training Oppie fleet – and we welcomed Cadets and their friends in a variety of dinghies. It was a little windy for our training fleet, and Harriet George bravely took line honours in their first and only race. The other races were hotly contested and saw some spectacular capsizes as well as some fantastic sailing from Cadets, Otters and BSC juniors as well as some crew rotation, so everyone enjoyed a blast in the glorious sunshine which bathed a rather choppy River Crouch, amidst the gusty weather. And we all enjoyed the sight of Charlie Pitcher crewing a Mirror and helming an Optimist. An idea for the next Atlantic challenge, perhaps?!

The smiles as always were a mile wide and we all retired to the Club for a lovely lunch and a daily prizegiving where glass wear was duly presented by the Osbornes.

And the winners were:
Picking up the choccies in the Optimist results was ‘Squibbit’, Angus Beale, with straight first, 2nd ‘Opi Wan Kenobi’, Nathan Flynn and 3rd ‘Crazy Buffalo’ Arthur Sturmer. In the handicap fleet, it was the battle of the Topper full rig and Topper 4.2 with Charlie Tucker in the 4.2 taking the day with two firsts and a third, and Topper full rig James Ball in second; and RS Feva Freddie Pitcher Charlie Corbett in third.

The Clare Cup will conclude on Sunday 25 June, briefing at 9.30am. Overall trophies will be awarded after sailing.

Next up is our first Pond Sunday this weekend Sunday 28th May. All welcome, but it is essential you book in to guarantee a place. We will be working with our River Oppie fleet on tacking to help them with their transition onto the river, and we look forward to some one-on-one coaching with our littlest Cadets. Helpers are always needed on the Pond so if you are free at 10am on Sunday, please do join us – we can promise coffee, biscuits and a warm, glowing feeling! And we’ll be back in the bar early afternoon, guaranteed! To book in for the pond sessions please email

And in the best news of the month – CADET WEEK 2017 ENTRY IS NOW OPEN!! Entry forms can be found online here:






News from the RBYC Cadets

We had a wonderful day training on the river on Saturday 29th April, hastily reconvened due to the forecast of gusty gales. Thanks to the team for beautifully calm and measured coaching - exceptional stuff and a Lizzie Brown PowerPoint to boot! Here's a little video or our exploits!

This Saturday 13th May we are holding a Rib Refresher from 10am to 1pm, aimed at all those who wish to help with the Cadets - whatever level of experience. This is a refresher for those with experience; and an opportunity for those who wish to become involved. It is not just for rib drivers, but also for rib crews.
To give us an idea of numbers, please email

We are then back on the river this Sunday (14th) for the first of the Clare Series, kindly sponsored by Allen Bros.  We'd be so grateful if anyone intending to sail could enter online via and we'd be just as grateful for all adult assistance on the day!

And (drum roll) it's the first pond of 2017 on Sunday 28th May - again, please don't forget to book in as it helps us to ensure we have enough cover to run the event successfully (

Another Cadet date to flag a date in your diaries is our first Camp Out at the Pond, overnight on Saturday 22 July into sailing on Sunday 23 July. We’d love ALL our Cadets, both senior and junior, and their friends to come along and would love to get an idea of numbers, so please do register your interest by emailing - It costs £10 per night for up to 5 people in a tent/caravan/motor home to stay at Boro Water with dogs charged £1 per night.

News from the Sea School.  The RYA Sea School First Aid Course which is being run over two Tuesday evenings on Tuesday 16th and Tuesday 23rd May from 6pm to 9:30pm currently has space available as does the  RYA Powerboat 2 course on 17th-18th June and the VHF SRC Radio course on Sunday 4th June 2017.  It's never too late to learn a new skill or refresh what you know already and bookings through

And lastly, a polite notice that trailers must be removed from the car park within the next week. They are causing a real problem to parking, and there is not space for them to be stored through the sailing season.  Thank you in advance for your help.

See you all very soon!

(You can also find our programme on the new and improved RBYC website

We had a wonderful day training on the river on Saturday, hastily reconvened due to the forecast of gusty gales. Thanks to the team for beautifully calm and measured coaching - exceptional stuff and a Lizzie Brown PowerPoint to boot! Back on the river for the first of the Clare Series, kindly sponsored by Allen Brothers, on Sunday 14 May and (drum roll) the first pond of 2017 on the 28th. Please don't forget to enter/book in! Til then we leave you with a little video of our recent exploits...

Eggciting Easter weekend

After a crack team of gardeners and handymen (the Cadet Parents) had tidied up the Dinghy Park on Saturday we were ready to take to the water on Easter Sunday! The RB Cadets headed out en masse for the first time in 2017 in choppy and sometimes blustery conditions. Our Oppie fleet largely stayed upright although a few Cadets were keen to test the water (it was cold). It was quite a baptism for some of the kids just off the pond, but everyone was still smiling back on dry land and keen on planning the Camp Out in July! Senior Cadets took their dinghies a little further afield and showed the rest of us how it's done... and it was lovely to see them helping out their younger counterparts in the Dinghy Park when derigging later. A hugely successful Easter Egg hunt (chocolate courtesy of Martin and Susie) ensued, before we all had a lovely lunch and some of our Cadets helped give out the prizes for the Williwaw Trophy.
We're back on the water with River Training on Sunday 30th April - please do let us know if you plan on going out so we can make sure we have enough helpers on hand. Til then, happy sailing!