Please select your home edition
Edition
Ancasta Botin Fast40
Product Feature
Supertherm® Headband
Supertherm® Headband

Solway Yacht Club Cadet Week 2019

by Philippa Howie 23 Jul 2019 13:36 BST

The 2019 annual Cadet Week brought together sixty young sailors from the ages of 8 up to under 21s all keen to sail or improve at whatever starting level they joined with at the beginning of the week. Three training groups together with the out and out racers (black caps) were promised a great week: the basic training group, the 'red cap's; the improvers group, the 'white caps'; and the coached racers, the 'blue caps.'

The week was led by the Club's Cadet Officer, Joanne Harris, who was supported by a large team of volunteers. The detailed plan for the week, which has improved year on year, promised the organisation to be better than ever.

The racing fleet was divided into two classes for the faster and slower rated boats, plus a class for Topper dinghies with two races scheduled most days. Day 1, Monday and bright summer sun greeted everyone as they arrived. However, it was all sun and no wind, so initially the racing fleet was towed out and enjoyed a lazy half hour on the beach before a welcome sea breeze sprung up and it was out to the start line and serious competition.

By Tuesday there was more wind and everyone was sailing from the slipway with no towing required. Race 2 and the leading Fireball sailed the wrong course and, showing distinctly sheep-like characteristics, most of the rest followed. After a gap, the two tail end boats sailed the proper course and were delighted to find themselves placed first and second at the finish, so delighted was she that Claire Stewart interrupted Mum Anne's game of golf with her news apparently causing loss of concentration and inevitably losing the golf match.

Wednesday came and the sunshine had gone in exchange for heavy overcast skies and much more wind. Undeterred, the racers were out again ready for the flags to drop for the one long race of the day, the "Scauronian". Class 1 was a runaway win for James Bishop in his Laser, the only boat to avoid a capsize at the tricky mark off Rough Island. Class 2 and a first win of the week for Philippa Howie and Louisa Birdsall in their RS Feva. Theo Low and Kit Mackenzie were competing, not for race leadership but for record number of capsizes, leading the rest by an undisputed margin.

Thursday and better weather but still a few vicious gusts to catch out the young sailors many of whom enjoyed a capsize and swim. The basic trainees had progressed to the stage of learning the capsize drill; with their instructor James Howie assisted by Finlay Train, deliberately capsizing the training boat, it was a "dry" capsize for those who managed to scramble over the gunwale side and right the boat without a swim or a very "wet" capsize for those who weren't quick enough to do the scramble and ended up falling in and the resulting need to swim round the boat to right her.

This became quite a spectator sport with the rest of the beginners' class watching each capsize in turn, shouting encouragement usually followed by shrieks of laughter, while parents, friends and casual visitors looked on from the pier head.

The non-stop social side of the week was in full swing with a brunch on the beach for everyone on the Sunday before, through to evening events every day. Cadet Captains Claire Stewart, Lucas Pedley, Lily Bell and Douglas Copeman were in charge of organising the Monday quiz night and scavenger hunt before the Wednesday BBQ! The Cadet Supper and Ceilidh was as always the highlight on Thursday.

A delicious meal prepared by past Commodore Duncan Gillespie and past Cadet Officer Willie Patterson, was served by the instructors. The cadets, all dressed in their fashion best enjoyed the VIP "silver service" before the floor was cleared and local lifeboat crew member Ross Kennedy, led the ceilidh. This too became a competitive event with spot prizes of tuck shop sweeties keeping the young shop managers, Tamsin, and Bruce, very busy.

Friday morning and final race day began with both class leaders winning by only one point from respective second places and everything to sail for. Meanwhile in the hard-working galley, Philippa Copeman (chef extraordinaire and her team of volunteers) were running low on sausages due to heavy demand, being forced to find willing competitors happy to exchange their sausage sandwiches for bacon!

The Toppers too were having a close contest with Douglas Copeman just ahead of hard sailing Anna Miller going into the final day and Lily Bell winning the best SYC u15 prize!

Prize-giving followed on Friday evening and big thanks from all concerned to Stewart Biggar, PRO and his team, Pete Hammond and all the Safety Boat Crews, Philippa Copeman and her team in the hard -working galley. Special thanks went to Senior Instructor and 2019 Club Commodore Lindsay Tosh and his great team of inspirational young instructors and coaches; many young people received their certificates for RYA Levels having made great progress through the course of the week. Finally, biggest thanks of all was given to Joanne Harris the Club's hard working and popular Cadet Officer.

A total of 34 RYA 1, 2 & 3 Stage Certificates were awarded to young sailors.

Overall Results:

Handicap 1: 1st James Bishop
Handicap 2: 1st Samuel Bennett
Topper Fleet: 1st Douglas Copeman

Related Articles

Solway Yacht Club Championship Weekend
Scottish National 12 and Finn titles settled in Kippford While there is still the Solway Yacht Club championship to settle, this weekend saw the final Open events in Kippford with the magnificent Scottish Daily Express National 12 Championship trophy, first awarded in 1953, up for winning. Posted on 17 Sep 2019
Kippford Week and RNLI Regatta 2019
A week of mixed sunshine and showers at Solway YC A week of mixed sunshine, showers and winds from nothing to "sailing perfect" produced another year of challenges for sailors young and not-so-young for the Solway Yacht Club's main event of the year. Posted on 6 Aug 2019
5 Castles Inter-Schools Regatta
50 kids have a fun day on Loch Ken On Friday 7th June, around 50 young people representing schools from across the region gathered at Galloway Activity Centre for the annual 5 Castles Regatta. Posted on 12 Jun 2019
Solway Yacht Club scoops 'Club of the Year' Award
At RYA Scotland's glittering Awards Presentation on Saturday At RYA Scotland's glittering Awards Presentation event on Saturday evening, Solway Yacht Club from Kippford won the prized 'Club of the Year' Award 2018. Posted on 22 Jan 2019
Solway Kippford Week 2018
Gales and frustration, but some very windy sailing too! After the near perfect weather during The Solway Yacht Club's Cadet Week, barely days ago, how things change. Posted on 6 Aug 2018
Solway Yacht Club Cadet Week
Celebrating 60 years of fun on the water with another bumper year With over sixty young sailors from complete beginners to experienced racing crews, Solway Yacht Club's annual Cadet Week launched on Saturday 14th July. Posted on 22 Jul 2018
Scottish Challenger Championship at Solway
Superb conditions in complete contrast to last year Last year the Scottish Open Challenger Championships were scheduled to take place at Solway Yacht Club at Kippford (Dumfries and Galloway) and the fleet duly assembled there, but the weather had other ideas and the event was abandoned. Posted on 19 Jun 2018
2018 National 12 Gul Series
Nine top events scheduled The National 12's generous sponsorship by GUL continues into 2018. As well as winners on the water, prizes are also available for newcomers, families, cadets and older boats. Posted on 29 Jan 2018
Kippford Week 2017 at Solway
Including the Regatta Race, raising £1365 for the RNLI The local Kippford RNLI has a special relationship with the Solway Yacht Club, just up the village. Every year the Club holds a special Regatta Race as part of Kippford Week to celebrate the connection and raise money for the RNLI. Posted on 16 Aug 2017
Record Solway Yacht Club Cadet Week
Seventy young sailors take part Cadet Week 2017 broke all recent records for the Solway Yacht Club in Kippford. The seventy cadets were a recent record number and included several from overseas, another record. Posted on 31 Jul 2017