Cadets at Colne Yacht Club

Click here for the Activity Week Booking Form

Click here for the Cadets Consent Forms (these are for both regular Cadet Saturday morning sessions as well as Activity Week)

To be a CYC cadet, you have to be at least 8* years old and no more than 18. No sailing experience is necessary but you need to be able to swim 50 metres. Our Saturday morning cadet activities and annual Activity Week allow you to enjoy being out on the water whilst staying safe as you develop the skills of sailing and other water-based activities including rowing and paddleboarding.

* In Activity Week we are able to offer a limited number of places to children aged 6 - 8 to sail in our fleet of RYA Optimist sailing dinghies.

Why join CYC cadets?

The aim of the cadet section is to inspire, encourage and build the confidence of young sailors of all abilities. We help them develop new skills with a range of exciting sailing based activities and the occasional competitive event. The cadets development is structured through a log book, that sets direction and records achievements aligned to RYA training programmes. All involved with this program – cadets and volunteers - work towards creating an inclusive environment that is supportive and challenging, helping everyone reach their full potential.

When do the cadets sail?

Every Saturday, from early May to early October, starting at 09:00 am meeting at the Colne Yacht Club boatyard next to the Dong building in Tower Street. We charge subs of £4 per session to cover fuel and maintenance costs.

What kit will I need?

A spray-proof top, buoyancy aid and appropriate footwear. In warm weather: add a peaked cap and suncream. When it's cold: add a rash vest, a warm hat and sailing gloves. We recommend a wetsuit all year round: having fun on the water means you get wet; and even a gentle breeze will chill you. The club can provide some of this, but please check in advance as sizes differ.

What boats do we provide?

CYC has a fleet of sailing dinghies available (Wayfarer, Topazes, Laser 1, Laser 3000 and Toppers), and when afloat these are escorted by two safety RIBs crewed by experienced adult volunteers who stay close to the Cadets at all times.

Other sailing opportunities

CYC Cadets are invited to experience 'big boat' sailing during the summer months on the Club's seven-metre Hunter Sonatas and on members' competitive cruisers. Typically this occurs during Cadet Activity Week, the annual Regatta and for special events such as Bart's Bash.

What about safety?

The cadet sessions are overseen by our cadet captain, Ray Titchmarsh. The club's safety boats accompany the cadet fleet at all times. No cadet is allowed to take part if they are not wearing a bouyancy aid and appropriate clothing. 

Our team of volunteers and staff

Tom Long is the Committee Member with responsibility for Cadets and can be contacted at or on 07762 590956.

Ray Titchmarsh is the Cadet Captain, who directs and organises Saturday mornings and Activity Week, and accompanies the Cadets while they are afloat. Ray has long experience and can be contacted at or on 07850 247100.

Freya Gascoyne has been Cadet Commodore since 2018. Sophie Hilder and Paul Steinke are Cadet Vice Commodores. All three are very experienced sailors. Cadet Flag Officers are elected at the Cadet AGM held eefe in March each year.

Andy Keefe is the qualified and designated CYC Child Protection Officer. For queries about DBS certification please contact Dan Gascoyne, Honorary Secretary.

Marianne is our Club Administrator and can be contacted on 01206 302594 or as a central information and message point.

We have a rota of Shore Leaders (Mother Goose) maintaining radio contact with the safety RIBS. She signs in the Cadets in the morning, takes the payments (currently £4 per session per Cadet), and checks the correct forms are completed, which give parental consent and medical information, and allow us to maintain safety. She also ensures Cadets sign out at the end of the morning. Mother Goose welcomes other parents' help in providing shore-based support.

We are also delighted to have the continued support of our safety boat crews and former Cadets (Mutineers) without whom we could not operate.

Cadet Activity Week

Each year the Club runs Cadet Activity Week. In 2019 it will be from Monday 29th July to Friday 2nd August. This is a popular annual five-day event providing the young participants with a variety of experiences on and off the water. It is extremely well-organised with the key words being 'safety' and 'fun'. Awards and certificates are presented at the end of the week. Booking forms with full details are available at the top of this page.

How do I get involved?

Just turn up on Saturday mornings where you can complete the Cadet Parental Consent Form and quickly get on the water.

For a membership form, please contact the office via the email button or on 01206 302594.

Get in Touch

Feel free to CALL OR drop us a line to contact us

Our Club Administrator, Marianne, will be happy to help you either over the phone or by email.