Fishers Green SC Cadets
Hello everyone and a very warm welcome from The Fishers Green SC 273rd Cadet Squadron.
The Cadet Dinghy
The Cadet is known as a one-design boat and therefore all Cadets have the same, strictly controlled measurements. The boat itself is 3.2m long, weighs 54 kg and has a sail area of 4.55 / 4.65 square metres. The boat was purposely designed to be too small for an adult to sail but with all the attributes of a racing dinghy, including a spinnaker. For many years all Cadets were made of wood but for some time craft have been made of glass fibre which of course means low maintenance. Both wooden and glass fibre are sailed competitively
For more information on the Cadet Class please visit , http://www.cadetclass.org.uk/
We are the new Joint Cadet Squadron Captains and the first thing we would like to say is a very big thank you to Kevin and Andrew Chadwick for the tremendous work they have done over the last few years with the Cadets. Their efforts over this time have ensured that we have a Cadet fleet to be proud of.
As usual, the weather has been playing havoc with the start to the Cadet Season. However the Cadets in their usual determined fashion have sailed through the good and the bad.
At home we are trying to grow the fleet in terms of both numbers and skill. If you know a young person who would love to learn to sail or race why not bring them along? I think we have many grandparents out there- why not bring your grandchildren to Saturday Cadet Sailing Christian Hill and Graham Webb , our super Cadet Coaches, run most of the Saturday coaching sessions and would love to see you. Saturday afternoon usually involves racing and skills practice this is the main focus of our ‘home’ fleet.
It would be great to see many more young sailors sailing and racing on a Saturday , in a Cadet , and I’m sure I’m not alone in this. It’s possible to bring the kids along and race yourself on a Saturday, if they are in a Cadet.
For the kind of things the Cadets get upto at FGSC please see the news below , these are just examples ;
Roberto Mancini and Peter Lappage
Cadet Squadron Captains
22nd to 26th August.
2016 National Championships.The event was held from the 22nd to 26th August at the Weymouth & Portland National Sailing Academy. This was an Open Entry Event and any International Cadet sailors were welcome to enter the event.One boat from FGSC entered , GBR 9390 Rishi Goswami Arthur Baker , who finished a very credible 36th out of 51 boats , well done guys.
13th August 2016 - Waldringfield Cadet Week 2016
We had a great week at the Waldringfield Cadet Week, with eleven races over five days from 13 to 17 August and three fleets (Cadet Gold and Silver and Laser Radial). I now see why ex-cadets and their parents alike speak so fondly of the event – it has great sailing, a hospitable host club, a picturesque pub right on the water's edge, plenty of space to camp with club facilities close at hand, and seems blessed with good weather.
The sun shone pretty much all week and the sailors enjoyed good conditions – F2-3 at the start of the week building over the last two days. Day 2 (Sunday) was a bit flat but surely eight hours drifting on the River Deben is character building; and those abandoned races are great practice.
The quality of sailing was fantastic with stiff competition for the Cadets; five of the boats will represent GBR at the 50th Cadet World Championships in Argentina in December and strong tides added to the mix. From Fishers Green, Rishi Goswani and Arthur Baker sailed consistently in the Gold Fleet to finish 21 out of 24 but placing 17th on average through the week. Matteo and Gabe came in fifth out of nine boats taking third place in the first two races (they competed over fewer races as the Silver Fleet enjoyed two days of training and coached racing before joining the main races).
In the Laser Radials, Fishers Green dominated the top five positions. Louis Lappage fought it out at the top of the fleet to take second place. Claudia Mancini also brought home silverware at her first Laser Radial event (for top-placed girl). Josh Mills gets a special mention for having only started sailing this year and already enjoying open races – he really has thrown himself in at the deep end.
In the 'novelty' races, Christian Hill did the club proud in the Old Cadets Race. It took about a second to persuade him and, after a horrendous start, he fought back to third place. But what about that start? In the Crew's Race, Arthur took the helm with Rishi crewing on a narrow course strewn with moored boats and against a strong tide. Arthur remained remarkably calm, avoiding several attempted collisions; Rishi less so.
Finally, the week wouldn't have been the same without our fantastic campsite and the efforts of Genevieve and Peter (I think we know that means Genevieve) – from bacon and egg sandwiches in the morning to three course meals in the evening with veggie options (Hannah Baker did have to push for the third course, but Genevieve was happy to oblige).
Here's looking forward to next year.
9th July 2016 - Fishers Green Cadet Open Meeting
Ten Cadets took part in the Exe Sails and Volvo Cars East London sponsored, Fishers Green SC Open meeting, on the 9thof July. With a good mixture of local and visiting boats, everybody had the opportunity to sample lovely breakfast rolls with a selection of fillings, bacon, egg and sausage, from the galley, ably prepared by Genevieve Lappage.
The Commodore, Kevin O’Brien welcomed everybody, and handed over to the race officer, Colin Hill, who carried out the briefing to all competitors.
On the water the competitors and race officer were greeted to a difficult, shifting and challenging wind that encompassed gusts of up to F5. However a fantastic course was set and the 1strace got underway, with the majority of boats giving each other a wide berth. The three visiting boats took the lead with 8845 Megan Ferguson and Yasmin Sfaxi having a dominant lead over the chasing pack and completing their 1stwin, leading, 8852, Hazel Whittle and Charlotte Leigh, followed by, 9576, Lia Fletcher and Olivia Goland.
The second race, with a new course, was soon underway with the conditions not improving, and these proved to be very challenging for some. The lead boat, 8845, Megan and Yasmin, again followed by, 8852, Hazel and Charlotte, both using their spinnakers to full effect, were chased by local boat, 7686 , Claudia Mancini and Daisy Robinson, and they finished in that order after a combined time for both races of about 1hour 40 mins.
A delicious lunch prepared by Genevieve Lappage and Jane O’Brien, was gratefully devoured by competitors, organisers and helpers alike, after which many spent time admiring the brand new Volvo XC90, being displayed by the, second sponsor, Volvo Cars East London.
(Let’s not forget the home made cakes for desert!)
After lunch another fine course was set by our race officer Colin, this took advantage of the slightly abating gusts.
Again 8845 took the lead followed by 8852, but this time, 9576, Lia Fletcher and Olivia Goland, were hot on their heels taking 2ndplace for the 2ndlap, but were overtaken on the last lap and the finishing order was as per race 1 for the top 3. A fine battle was underway further down the field between 7686, Claudia and Daisy, and, 9005, Louis Lappage and Hanna Baker, which went right down to the wire, with 9005 finishing 4thjust ahead.
The 4thand last race was a shorter course , which may explain the slight confusion by some competitors to the first mark, however this resulted in at least two fine battles one for 1stplace , between 8845 and 7686 , and 3rdplace between 8852 and 9576 . The leaders however were not caught, 1stwere again 8845 Megan Ferguson and Yasmin Sfaxi, 2nd7686, Claudia Mancini and Daisy Robinson, with 3rdbeing won by, 9576, Lia Fletcher and Olivia Goland.
Prize giving was presented by Kevin O’Brien, 1st place, and winning a brand new spinnaker from Exe Sails, were Megan Ferguson and Yasmin Sfaxi, from Frensham Pond SC. 2nd place, winning a kit bag, were, Hazel Whittle and Charlotte Leigh, from Waldringfield SC, 3rd were local boat, Claudia Mancini and Daisy Robinson, winning another kit bag. These prizes were all provided by EXE sails, with Trophies and Medals being awarded by FGSC with help from Volvo Cars East London.
After the prize giving all competitors tucked into a fab, ‘Cadet Tea‘ with lots of homemade cakes and treats, thanks goes to Genevieve for these. The afternoon was finished off with a raffle with some great prizes.
Our thanks goes to everybody who took part in making the day a success, the volunteers, organisers, sponsors, parents and all the competitors.