International Cadet

International Cadet

6 Seasons

The Cadet is a class of sailing dinghy designed to be sailed by two children up to the age of 17. It is a one-design class, originally designed by Jack Holt in 1947. Cadets are sailed worldwide in more than 40 countries.

The boat is crewed by two people and sails with a bermuda rigged mainsail, jib and spinnaker. The Cadet is the only recognised two persons youth-boat by World Sailing (formerly ISAF) as an International Competitive Youth Sailing Class since 1958. Over 10,000 Cadets have been built worldwide by registered licensed builders on four continents. The Cadet is sailed internationally throughout Europe, Asia, Australia and South America. Originally made of wood, the majority of the international fleet is now constructed of fibreglass. The strongest fleets are currently situated in the Ukraine, Poland, Belgium, Australia and Argentina. Argentine sailors won 14 world championships in the 20-year period between 1991 and 2010. The Cadet is 3.2 metres long, 1.38 m wide, and weighs 54 kilograms.[4] With the centerboard up, the hull draft is 16 cm; the mast is deck-stepped and 5.22 m high, the mainsail area is 3.9 m2, the jib 1.26 m2 and the spinnaker 4.25 m2. The side decks are designed so that a capsize normally does not fill the hull with water. In a mixed fleet, the Cadet has a Portsmouth Yardstick handicap of 1428, the second-slowest in the PY scheme.

International Cadet
  • Dinghy Show 2016 - GBR Cadet Class

    Episode 1

    The Cadet Class was out in strength at the RYA Suzuki Dinghy Show 2016 with Doug Targett explaining about the resurgence of Squadrons at sailing clubs across the UK.

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  • 2016 Zhik Cadet National Championship - Practice Day

    Episode 2 return to Weymouth to film the 2016 Cadet Nationals. Today brings the practice day for the championship, which allowed for a relaxed morning on shore. The competitors took to the water shortly after lunch in perfect sailing conditions with a consistent 20 knot breeze. After a few delib...

  • 2016 UK Cadet National Championship - Day 1

    Episode 3

    Day One of the 2016 Zhik UK Cadet National Championship and excellent conditions once again. Four races were completed and very competitive across throughout the fleet of 50 boats. Megan Ferguson and Yasmin Sfaxi, the Frensham Pond sailors, take the lead over night with consistent low scoring res...

  • 2016 Zhik Cadet National Championship - Day 2

    Episode 4

    The second day of the Zhik 2016 Cadet National Championship had everything - brilliant sunshine, 45 degree wind shifts, no wind, hailstones, thunder and lightening - not easy for any sailor or the PRO. The fleet launched at 10.15, sailing out into Weymouth Harbour, then straight back to WPNSA whe...

  • 2016 Zhik Cadet National Championship - Day 3

    Episode 5

    Non existent winds meant that Day Three of the Zhik 2016 Cadet National Championship was spent shoreside. Racing was postponed until 1pm when the decision was made to abandon the day. The sailors had their own Weymouth and Portland Olympics involving lots of water balloons. Today we focus our con...

  • 2016 Zhik Cadet National Championship - Final Day

    Episode 6

    The Final day of the Zhik Cadet National Championship began with a surprise visit from Nick Dempsey and Hannah Mills, giving both sailors and parents a chance to bombard the GBR Olympic medalists with questions. Shortly after, when the sea breeze filled in, the sailors hit the water to sail the f...

  • Hannah Mills and Nick Dempsey chat with Cadets and

    Episode 7

    When GBR Olympic Gold and Silver medalists, Hannah Mills and Nick Dempsey, dropped in to chat with the Cadet sailors at the 2016 Zhik Cadet National Championships, took the opportunity to speak with too with advice about getting started.

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