News from the RB Cadets

Welcome Cadets, Cadet families and all our friends to the RBYC Cadet 2018 Season.  With spring in the air, we simply can’t wait to get back afloat!

An epic 2017 saw record numbers on the River, Pond and taking part in our much-loved and super-famous Cadet Week (this year 12-17 August).

For  2018 we are adding an extra Race Weekend to our schedule – a Whitsun two-day regatta, which we hope everyone will support.  Allen Brothers have kindly agreed to sponsor our racing again this year, so we have some fabulous prizes winging their way to HQ – you’ve got to be in to win it!

Last year you helped us to fundraise enough money to pay for the much needed repairs of our six pond Optimists.  We are also renovating a plastic scow, which we hope to be able to use for training, giving our cadets the chance to experience two-man dinghy sailing in a sedate style!  Other aims this year include the renovation of a pair of rubber dinghies with outboards for use by our coaches on the river and the restoration of the RB Cadet dinghy rowing boat – to be located in its rightful place at the end of the pontoon!

As you can see, everyone’s contributions during the year support our younger members to become sailors for life by giving them a gentle introduction to sailing. We are so grateful to everyone who donates their valuable time (and cash) to help out.

On the subject of volunteers, we really need help in a number of areas to allow us to continue to offer sailing - from River training to Racebox, running the Second Hand Clothes Rail, helping out with Pond activities and Pond training, planning our Social activities, helping with the maintenance of the Club boats, tidying up the Dinghy Park as well as Fundraising & Sponsorship.  Please email if you can help.

This season will kick off for the majority of our young sailors with our annual Easter Egg Hunt – this year taking place at the Pond during our first Pond Session on Easter Sunday 1 April from 10am to 1pm.  Afterwards, we’ll be heading back to the Club to enjoy an Easter Sunday Carvery Lunch. The session will be open to River Sailors and Pond Sailors alike – we’d love to get all the Cadets together, both junior and senior, with some of the more seasoned sailors taking the newbies on the water for their first sailing of 2018.  And of course, there will be sweet treats for all! Please do book in for both sailing and lunch it gives us a chance to prepare: Easter Sunday is the traditional start to our season and we’ll be able to talk to anyone with questions about the year ahead.

In advance of Easter, we will be holding a river training session. This is for those who have done a full year on the river. Please contact Katherine if you are uncertain of whether you are eligible as unpredictable weather means that this one isn’t necessarily suitable for ‘all’. And of course, winter sailing kit is a must.

You will find our provisional programme below:
Sunday 25 March – River Training (open to those who have completed one year on the river)
Easter Sunday 1 April – Easter Egg Hunt and Pond Session from 10am to 1pm at Boro Waters
Sunday 15 April – Pond Session 2 – Please note, this will be a later start time than usual.
Sunday 29 April – River Training 1
Sunday 6 May (PM) and Monday 7 May (AM) – Clare Cup
Sunday 13 May – River Training 2
Sunday 27 May (PM) & Monday 28 May (AM) Whitsun Trophy
Saturday 9 June (PM) Pond Session and Cadet BBQ
Sunday 24 June – Fun session on the River
Sunday 8 July – River Training 3
Sunday 22 July – Pre Cadet Week Pond to include race starting and capsize drill for river sailors
Cadet Week Sunday 12 August – Friday 17 August
Sunday 7 October Hooper Cup

2018 will see the now-regular Clare Series and the Hooper Cup (racing for both seniors and juniors, where we encourage younger children with coached races, adults or older Cadets with a younger crew, basically anyone else who would like to join in) together with a new Whitsun two-day regatta. These events are open to all abilities and we welcome members of other clubs.

The river training is open to our members only, and although there are opportunities to join in with our Pond sessions as non-members, we look long-term to encourage those who wish to part take in the training to become members. However, we have set a non-members pond rate for those who would like to come along to get a feel for what we do.

Pond Sundays are held at the farmer's pond over at Boro’ Waters (Ratsborough Farm), between Burnham and Southminster. Children are coached from kayaks until they are confident enough to sail around a course on their own.  We also use the pond to teach more advanced techniques to our river sailors in a calm, non-tidal environment and this year will be focussing on starts and capsize drill.
Volunteers of all ages and abilities for 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 see their confidence fly. There are so many areas where you can volunteer, not necessarily only on the water. 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 and join the club! 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 BBQ at Boro’ Waters – an afternoon session on the Pond for all-comers, followed by a feast of food.

Cadet Week is a phenomenal week (this year, Sunday 12 to Friday 17 August), and we pride ourselves on making it fun for the whole family, from the smallest child, teenagers, the parents, godparents, aunts and uncles through to the grandparents. It embraces social and sailing activities at lots of levels, and we welcome non-members from visiting clubs.

2018 is looking set to best yet – see you on the river very soon!