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 young crew rotation in the Mirror sailed by Arthur Brown, 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: