Cadets at Bosham
At Bosham Sailing Club, our aim is to encourage our cadets' sailing through our racing, training and social calendar and instil a love of the sport that will stay with them as they grow up and take off to sail at their universities and throughout their adult lives. You won't be surprised that many of our grown up 'cadets' return to BSC very regularly and bring their own cadets to join us!
We are an RYA British Youth Sailing Recognised Club aiming to develop and retain the best young racing sailors in the world.
Cadet fleets: We follow the British Youth and Junior Sailing pathway of Optimist, Topper, and then ILCA 4/6/7 (Laser 4.7, Radial, Standard) for single-handers or RS Feva XL, 420 for double-handers. Each fleet has a dedicated class captain.
Training: RYA Youth dinghy sailing courses for members and non-members plus race coaching for all the fleets for members.
Racing: A full programme of racing is available with regular club racing provided for all fleets. Optimists benefit from having separate racing with gold and silver fleets in the sheltered area of Cutmill, which is also used for the monthly Super Sundays. In the club racing, Topper, Feva and ILCA 4 start in slow handicap and ILCA 6 and 7 and 420 start in fast handicap. In addition there are weekend trophy racing series, generally over a bank holiday, where there is a separate cadet handicap start. Junior Regatta at Whitsun is an early season highlight for all cadet classes and cadets also participate in the full Bosham Sailing Club Regatta.
Junior Week: Traditionally held over the second week in August, this is the highlight of the cadet social and racing calendar for cadets aged 8-18. Qualifification rulwes apply for Junior Week entry
Social: In addition to Junior Week there are a number of other social events throughout the year for cadets; Easter egg hunts, Scottish reeling, Halloween activities, dscos to name a few.
Cadet Committee: Many of the cadet events are supported or organised by the cadet committee. The committee is made up of sixth formers aged 16-18 years and is headed up by a Captain and Vice Captain each year who has been selected by their peers. It is a fun and rewarding opportunity for our older cadets and something for our younger cadets to look forward to being part of in the future.
I hope this gives you a flavour of what goes on at BSC.
Tia Bedford is Rear-Commodore Cadets and can be contacted here
Last updated 16:07 on 11 January 2023