Cadets & Community Sailing

Family Cadet Membership

Family Cadet membership is open to all those aged 8-18 years (or to 24 if in full-time education) who have parents or grandparents who are members of YYC.  We run an active summer programme for Cadet members in the sheltered waters of Newton Creek and, conditions permitting, around to Cellars Beach, either with your own dinghies or our small fleet of Optimist, Laser, Pico and RS-Feva club dinghies. Further information and Entry / Consent forms in the Documentation linked below.

Key Dates for the Diary

  • 2024 – Cadets Sailing Programme Latest update published under “Useful Links” Note that the Saturday combined Dinghy and Cadets races are listed seperately HERE. All events are shown on the YYC Home page calendar, and an Excel Workbook containing all Cadet and Dinghy events and races can be downloaded HERE
  • Or – download the Cadets calendar to your phone or computer calendar using This Link!


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

“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

How it works

Age eligibility – children are eligible to join cadets when they are 8 years old.

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 ownership & crewing – 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 – Limited boat spaces for adults & cadets are available at both the Club Slip and the Patch. Both are allocated at the beginning of the season and applications should be made via a Dinghy Storage Application Form.

  • YYC Dinghy Storage Application Form (PDF) (MS Word)

2024 Community Sailing    –    Oppie Training at Yealm Yacht Club

This summer we will again be running basic sail training for 8-12 year olds in the club’s Optimist dinghies. Dates are now confirmed for two, 3-day Beginner courses in late May / early June with application / consent forms linked below. For further details contact Duncan Macpherson at

  • 2024 Oppie Beginners Training  – Application & Consent form (PDF) (MS Word)