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Free UK Cadet class training weekend at Alton Water next weekend

by Neil Collingridge 11 Jun 2018 11:39 BST 16-17 June 2018
The Cadet class are holding a free training weekend at Alton Water on 16-17 June © UKNCCA

Next weekend the UK National Cadet Class is hosting a rather special FREE training weekend at Alton Water. If you've got a Cadet you really should try to be there. Temporary UKNCCA membership is available.

The idea, brainwave of UKNCCA Chairman, Doug Targett, is to let cadet sailors of all standards learn and hone skills in a non-pressured environment with on the water coaching, rules workshops, judging seminars. Up to 6 races will be held but deliberately incorporating multiple practice starts, feedback from our class race officer Arky, and with RYA coach Tom Mallendine, British Sailing Team 470 Helm, Amy Seabright, and ex Cadets Lucy Terkelsen and Scarlett Anderson all on hand to give advice and encouragement. The GBR 2018 Cadet Worlds Team will be sailing but would appreciate as much competition as the class can throw at them in preparation for Bodstedt in Germany later in the Summer.

Alongside this format we will have a Bosun in attendance to help with any boat set up issues, Class measurers to sign off any equipment required and there will be opportunities for parents to get trained themselves on mark laying, assisting with race management etc. The RYAs High Performance Manager Paul Wren will be in attendance to answer questions about transitioning to youth classes or pathway support.

Alton Water is a lovely reservoir close to the A12 in Suffolk and is easily accessible. There is camping available on site and already plans are being hatched for some barbecue action on Saturday night.

If you fancy doing the legendary Waldringfield Cadet Open 2 weekends later that's only 20 minutes away and arrangements can be made to leave boats to save trailing them all the way home.

So there really is something for everyone. You don't need to be a travelling squad sailor, you just need enthusiasm for this wonderful little Junior Class - whatever your level help will be on hand and we hope you come away thinking for the cost of half a tank of petrol it's been a cracking weekend. If you are coming please email us on . You don't even need to be there both days... so there's no excuse really!

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