Cadet Season 2018
Published 13:04 on 26 Sep 2018
It was a busy end to the Royal Victoria Yacht Club cadet 2018 sailing season with 50 young people from 8 – 18 attending the 'Island Games 'themed Cadet Laying Up Supper on Friday 21st September 2018.
After dinner a talk from Natasha Lambert, the disabled sailor and adventurer enthralled the cadets.Natasha lives in Cowes, Isle of Wight, the home of British Sailing. Despite being born with Quadraplegic cerebral palsy, Natasha is one of those individuals who is unwilling to accept the word "can't". This tenacity has enabled Natasha to achieve feats which most people would have considered impossible; from sailing the seas of Britain to scaling mountains, she is an unstoppable force! Despite this determination and single mindedness, she still remains very modest about her extraordinary achievements and would invariably consider others before herself. In short an inspirational person.
The evening marked the end of the summer sailing season, which saw up to 75 cadets on the water on a Friday evening and 48 attending the ever-popular Cadet week in August. RYA certificates ranging from Level 1 to Seamanship skills were awarded during the Volunteer Led programme which is on the water from April to September each year. Cadets have also represented the RVYC during the summer months at many national regattas including Cowes week, the Optimist Nationals, the traveller series and Laser championships.
Special mention also to our cadets Charlie and Harry White, Alex Downer and Matt Bamber ( reserve) who have been selected to sail at the 2019 Island Games in Gibraltar.
Also over the Summer, RVYC cadets and Junior members Zoe Irons, Luke Sheridan, Henry Giles, Florrie Webb, Jack Fellows and Ben Arthur all worked incredibly hard to obtain their RYA Dinghy Instructor licences. After qualifying, they all volunteered to teach or help teach courses during the RVYC Cadet Week, four full days of sail training and entertaining groups of children on the water!
Cadets will continue to sail during the winter months with the Frostbite series and winter training. Cadet registration 2019 is in late January and the membership year starts in October with a full social program for Cadets throughout the Winter
Lastly a big thank you to all the cadet parents and volunteers whose time and enthusiasm have contributed to such a successful Cadet programme in 2018.
Last updated 16:14 on 10 April 2019