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General Cadet Information

SYC Cadets is an exciting, active and expanding part of the club. Catering for ages 8-16 and run by a qualified instructor, parent helpers and volunteers, Cadets also relies on junior club members and experienced cadet sailors alike to deliver a varied and energetic introduction to sailing.

Using the safe and forgiving Smalls Cove as our base, we meet on Saturday mornings and Tuesday evenings from early May to late September. With sessions covering the basics from rigging, points of sail, launch and recovery, capsize drills and simple rules.


Each cadet sailor develops at their own rate, following the RYA Youth Sailing Scheme. The cadet section is responsible for a varied and up-to-date fleet of boats, ranging from the RYA endorsed Topper, RS Zest, RS Feva asymmetric performance dinghies to the classic racing Laser.


Whether you are a complete novice or the next Ben Ainslie you will have an enjoyable and safe time at SYC Cadets. With each session reliant on parental support, helpers are engaged either as beach crew, watch-house lookouts or afloat in one of the 3 Safety RIBs. Whatever your ability, either as a sailor or helper, it is a family inclusive activity that under the direct supervision of the session leaders, aims to introduce youngsters to the joys and challenges of dinghy sailing in a safe and controlled environment.

Each season includes introductory safety briefings, sailing sessions, sail-aways, discounted cadet lunches at the club house, introduction to racing and an end of season prize giving and celebratory meal.

From learning to tack to starting to race, while making friends, gaining confidence afloat and getting wet in the fresh air, sailing equips you with skills for life. Come and get underway now with SYC Cadets.


If you wish to join our waiting list please contact or  

Please note, Cadets already on our RYA Youth Sailing Scheme pathway, need to renew their annual membership by the end of February at the latest to guarantee their place for the upcoming season. Expired memberships could result in your place being offered to someone on our long waiting list. 

Our sessions are currently full but please get in touch to add your name to our waiting list.

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