Cadets at Colne Yacht Club

Bookings are now open for Cadet Activity Week. Due to current restrictions we're limiting numbers to around 50 this year, but we are aiming to provide a full range of activities for young people from 6 - 18.

If you would like to secure a place for your child, please click here for the booking form We also need a consent form to be completed for each cadet (if you have already completed a form for Saturday morning sessions you do not need to do so again). We will not be able to confirm bookings without this.

To be a CYC cadet, you must 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.

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 09:30 am meeting at the Colne Yacht Club boatyard next to the Dong building in Tower Street.

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 at least two qualified members of the Main Committee. 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 buoyancy 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.

For the 2021 season, Paul Steinke is Cadet Commodore with Zach Gascoyne and Michael Hodgkinson both Vice Commodores. All three are very experienced sailors. Cadet Flag Officers are elected at the Cadet AGM held 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.

The Club office can be contacted on 01206 302594 or as a central information and message point.

We have a rota of Shore Contacts maintaining radio contact with the safety RIBS and we welcome 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. 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, having completed a Consent Form, and quickly get on the water.

For a cadet / family CYC membership form, please contact the office at or on 01206 302594.

Get in Touch

The Club no longer has a full time Administrator, emails and phone messages are monitored during the week by volunteers. The best way to contact the Club is by email using our email address