At the Yealm Yacht Club we have an active cadet programme, there to help the younger members of our community practice their sailing skills, try their hands at racing, while having lots of fun along the way. Cadet membership is open to all those aged 8 – 18 years. We encourage parents to be YYC members too. Although this is not strictly compulsory, it really helps things run more smoothly and we appreciate parents doing their bit to help out.

Key Dates for the Diary

  • March 11th – Sign-up, social and quiz night for all new cadets at the YYC clubhouse (10am)
  • March 25th – Club clean-up (1pm)
  • April – June – a series of practice sessions to familiarise cadets with their boats.
  • June 23 – 25th – Cadets on tour
  • July – August – the racing season. Fun and competitive races to suit a variety of levels.
View the full cadet sailing programme


To apply for cadet membership, you will need to read the risk assessment below, fill in the application form and send to Deborah Wiseman on

Cadet Essential Info 2017

Cadet Risk Assessment 2017

Cadets Entry and Consent Form 2017

“When we enrolled Tom as a cadet initially, we were a little nervous as we don’t sail as a family. But Tom had a fantastic year! We’ve now bought a boat and are joining as a whole family.” - Karen Jaggs, YYC family member


We also have a cadets sailing instruction programme which is facilitated by Yealm Community Sailing. These are three hour sessions in the community owned Optimists at a cost of £15 per child. Children must be cadet members, 8 years old or older and able to swim 50m to take part. This is available on the following dates:


  • Thurs 1st June, 1000-1300
  • Fri 2nd June, 1130-1430
  • Sat 3rd June, 1230-1530
  • Sat 17th June, 1000-1300
  • Sat 15th July, 0900-1200
  • Mon 14th August, 0900-1200
  • Tues 15th August, 1000-1300
  • Sat 19th August, 1500-1800
  • Thurs 31st August, 1215-1515


All sessions must be booked in advance. To book a place, please send the Cadet Booking Form to Vicky Williams. Note: 3 or more cadets need to be signed up for the session to run.

How it works

Age eligibility – children are eligible to join cadets during the calendar year in which they are 8 years old. For 2017, children will need to have turned 8 by the 31st December 2017.

Parental support – the cadet’s programme relies on the help of parents. The overall programme includes a rota of duties and we would appreciate everyone doing their share to make this fantastic activity run.

Parental responsibility – as you will appreciate, sailing comes with its risks, something that we anticipate and manage with vigilance at every session. It’s important that parents read the risk assessment thoroughly and understand that they are responsible for their children at all times throughout every session.

Boats & storage – all sailing cadets inevitably need boats! It is advisable to procure a boat, such as a Topper, Laser Pico or similar craft to ensure your child has maximum time on the water, but there is also the possibility to jump in as crew and the parent on duty will do their best to ensure everyone has a turn in a boat.

Numbers – there have been occasions where the number of children wanting to sail exceeds the number of supervisors. In these circumstances, Yealm Yacht Club reserves the right to restrict the number of boats on the water for safety reasons.

Rules – while we understand all children want to have fun, we are mindful of safety at all times. We expect all cadets to listen to the parent on duty and act responsibly both on and off the water.

Dinghy storage – there is a limited amount of storage capacity for dinghies of cadet members. Please address all your enquiries to the Cadet Secretary, Deborah Wiseman. You will need to fill out a form to apply for a space: YYC Dinghy Storage Application Form – 2017

Cadet Committee Members

  • Deborah Wiseman (Secretary)
  • Karen Mason
  • Clare Dudley
  • Mel Leal
  • Fiona Evans
  • Elly Pegg
  • Deborah Gozzard

Cadet sign up 3rd March 2018 3-6pm

Cadet programme attached.

May-September -Cadets sessions to take place on weekends and during school holidays dependant on the tides.


Cadet Essential Info 2018

Cadets Entry and Consent Form 2018