Cadet Laying Up Supper marks the end of a successful summer sailing season
Published 12:07 on 25 Sep 2016
Cadets at the Royal Victoria Yacht Club were treated to a very special guest at their annual Laying Up Supper on 23rd September 2016 . Malcolm Page, Australian Double Olympic sailor had been invited to attend the supper by Cadet Captain, Charlie White who had previously sailed with Malcolm winning both the Etchells Gertrude Regatta Cup and the Sir Kenneth Preston Trophy. Following an introduction from the Commodore, the double Olympic champion spoke about his sailing career which started as an 8-year-old in Sydney to winning gold, for the second time in London 2012 in the 470 class. Cadet Coordinators, Mairi Robinson and Andrea Sheridan said "we are extremely fortunate to have Malcolm Page here talking to the cadets. For them to hear how Malcolm came from a family with no sailing experience to where he is now, is truly inspirational".
The evening marked the end of the summer sailing season which saw up to 60 cadets on the water on Friday evenings and 48 cadets attending the ever popular Cadet Week. The Royal Victoria Yacht Club prides itself on providing opportunities for cadets and is organised purely by volunteers. 60 RYA certificates were presented during the course of summer, ranging from RYA Level 1 to Seamanship Skills. Cadets represented the Club during the summer months at Cowes Week, the Optimist Nationals, Feva World Championships and many regattas in between. Some of the Cadets also couldn't attend the Supper as they were competing at the RYA South and South West Zone Championships in Weymouth. Cadets will continue to sail during the winter months with the Frostbite series getting underway in a few weeks and winter training will also be organised for Optimist and Laser sailors.
Pictured with Malcolm are some of the Senior Cadets; Daniel Wentzel, Harry, Charlie & Tom White, Luke Sheridan, Isaac Humphries & Paddy Lord
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