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The road to Plymouth - the 2024 Cadet World Championship is heading to the UK

by Ellie Davis 24 Apr 16:38 BST 3-10 August 2024
Cadet Alf Simmonds Memorial Trophy in Plymouth © Paul Gibbins Photography

Teams from across the world will be heading to Plymouth, one of the most historic and important naval towns in the UK, this summer for the Cadet World Championship from 3rd to 10th August 2024. The event will see teams of young people aged from seven to seventeen, competing over a full week of exciting sailing to be crowned world champion.

Sailors will be working hard to be selected to represent their countries at events during the spring of 2024 and then will be sending their prized cadet dinghies to the UK for this prestigious event.

Over 200 sailors are set to take part in the event, with competitors coming from as far as Australia and Argentina, along with European teams from Germany, Belgium, Poland, The Netherlands, Ukraine and the Czech Republic.

The previous two events were held in Belgium in 2023 and Australia in 2022.

Emma Hooper, International Cadet Class Association (ICCA) Chair said "I'm delighted to see the Cadet World Championship back in the UK, where the class has such a rich history. The Cadet is a truly unique sailing dinghy - we believe it is the world's only international junior, 3 sail, 2 handed class. The class has a positive, friendly culture, where lifelong friendships are often forged. It also creates fantastic sailors, many of whom have gone on to win Olympic medals. It is indeed the training class of champions! I am looking forward to some exciting racing, and fun on and off the water, in Plymouth in August."

The event is being hosted (by Plymouth Youth Sailing Club) at The Mount Batten Centre in Plymouth, which commands stunning views looking out towards Plymouth's historic Barbican area, the Hoe.

Adrian Kemp, Commodore Plymouth Youth Sailing Club commented, "It's an honour to be hosting this year's Cadet World Championship in Plymouth. As a club dedicated to providing access to sailing for young people, we are proud to be welcoming youth sailors from across the world to our home waters. The Mount Batten Centre offers unique access to The Plymouth Sound, a tidal estuary famous for helping train sailors over hundreds of years, the site of many famous explorers launching their expeditions, and of course where the Mayflower famously began her voyage to America in 1620.

"All this history combines with the hundreds of sailors who sail here today on modern boats and dinghies, making it a key destination for sailors from across the world.

"At the Mount Batten Centre we pride ourselves on training the next generation of sailors and the skill, resilience and determination of the sailors coming in the summer will be second to none. I'm sure the whole event will be inspiring for the young people of Plymouth.

"Plymouth is a fantastic place to visit and we look forward to welcoming visitors from across the world."

The event is being sponsored by a variety of businesses who are inspired by the young people taking part, sponsors include NFU Mutual and Golden Duck Publishing with many Yacht Clubs and Sailing associations like The Old Gaffers Association, The Rival Owners Association, The Royal Suffolk & Norfolk Yacht Club and the Deban Yacht Club who are all stepping up to support the future of British Sailing.

Visit our new event website for the latest information and to sign up to the event

You can follow the build up to the event by following @gbrcadets on Instagram or Facebook.

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