Felpham sailing club has a thriving Cadet section with over 90 members enjoying and participating in this excellent and healthy activity.

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Helping at Cadet Sailing - posted on 6th Jul 2021

The aim of the Cadet section is twofold; firstly to enable children and young people to experience the thrill and fun of sailing in a safe and friendly environment and secondly to develop talent and bring on a competitive racing fleet.

The Cadets range from 8 to 18 and we expect our older Cadets to take some responsibility for and look after the younger ones.

You will find the club has a very friendly, community feel. We have young people from many of the local schools and from much further afield.

These sessions predominantly take part on Friday evenings from 4:45-9.00pm, followed by a hot meal and some social time. We actively encourage parent participation.

Helping at Cadet Sailing

The following guide has been produced to assist parents and helpers whilst cadet sailing/training sessions are taking place.

Friday Sessions

Friday sessions are split into two groups;

The Training Group


This group focusses on learning the sport of Sailing under the guidance of RYA Instructors and Senior Instructors. Some of these Instructors are the older Cadets themselves who have qualified to take groups on the water. The ability of this group ranges from complete beginners to quite experienced sailors who want to focus on developing their skills or want to progress to Instructor level. Club boats are usually available to use and the cadets will be carefully grouped to ensure they are safe and have fun. These sessions comprise of skill based activities, free sailing and mini games and races.

The Racing Group


This group comprises of the more experienced sailors and these follow a carefully designed race program thorough the season. They are overseen by an experienced group of keen adult racers who pass on tips and techniques throughout the sessions. Many of these sailors have come through the training group and now are very skilled and competitive racers. Many of the training group join in the racing when the conditions are fine. Many of these sailors have their own boats but the club does have RS Fevas that can sometimes be used for these sessions. The club has an excellent racing record and we have been winners of the West Sussex Schools Sailing trophy for four out of the last five years. Many of these sailors regularly race at the weekends with the adults and do very well.

Other opportunities open to Cadets

Felpham Sailing Club Performance Squad


This is open by invitation to our youth sailors who have been identified as having the potential to progress towards a high skill level. This squad has allocated training days run by RYA coaches and organised fleet sailing events throughout the South of England.

Skill Saturdays

The club offers more sailing on Saturdays for the Cadets and their families with a carefully designed Skills based approach to sailing on Saturday afternoons. These sessions are designed to encourage family sailing and club boats may be hired.

Youth Regatta

We run a very popular Regatta of racing and training in the summer holidays. This is always a fun and well attended week.


Here is the current planned calendar for youth events at Felpham Sailing Club.

DateTimeEventHighwaterHeight (m)
Fri 23 Apr16:45Youth Sailing & Sail Training09:024.6
Fri 30 Apr16:45Youth Sailing & Racing14:326.0
Fri 7 May16:45Youth Sailing & Sail Training09:364.7
Fri 14 May16:45Youth Sailing & Sail Training13:445.4
Fri 21 May16:45Youth Sailing & Sail Training07:154.4
Fri 28 May16:45Youth Sailing & Sail Training13:336.0
Fri 4 Jun16:45Youth Sailing & Sail Training07:394.4
Sat 5 JunTBCJunior Tera squad sailing and open sailing08:504.5
Mon 7 JunTBCTopper, Tera, Laser Cadet squad nights10:294.9
Fri 11 Jun16:45Youth Sailing & Sail Training12:505.3
Sat 12 JunTBCJunior Tera squad sailing and open sailing13:255.4
Mon 14 JunTBCTopper, Tera, Laser Cadet squad nights14:365.3
Fri 18 Jun16:45Youth Sailing & Sail Training05:194.8
Mon 21 JunTBCTopper, Tera, Laser Cadet squad nights08:475.0
Fri 25 Jun16:45Youth Sailing & Sail Training12:315.8
Sat 26 JunTBCJunior Tera squad sailing and open sailing13:245.9
Mon 28 JunTBCTopper, Tera, Laser Cadet squad nights15:025.8
Fri 2 Jul16:45Youth Sailing & Sail Training05:464.7
Sat 3 JulTBCJunior Tera squad sailing and open sailing06:404.5
Mon 5 JulTBCTopper, Tera, Laser Cadet squad nights08:394.4
Fri 9 Jul16:45Youth Sailing & Sail Training11:505.2
Sat 10 JulTBCJunior Tera squad sailing and open sailing12:305.4
Mon 12 JulTBCTopper, Tera, Laser Cadet squad nights13:465.5
Fri 16 Jul16:45Youth Sailing & Sail Training16:335.3
Sat 17 JulTBCJunior Tera squad sailing and open sailing17:285.2
Mon 19 JulTBCTopper, Tera, Laser Cadet squad nights07:014.8
Fri 23 Jul16:45Youth Sailing & Sail Training11:315.5
Sat 24 JulTBCJunior Tera squad sailing and open sailing12:255.8
Fri 30 Jul16:45Youth Sailing & Sail Training16:435.2
Fri 13 Aug16:45Youth Sailing & Sail Training15:235.7
Fri 20 Aug16:45Youth Sailing & Sail Training10:335.2
Fri 27 Aug16:45Youth Sailing & Sail Training15:245.6
Sat 11 SepTBCCANCELLED - WSSYSA Regatta - Cobnor14:585.9
Sun 12 SepTBCCANCELLED - WSSYSA Regatta - Cobnor15:425.7
Thu 16 Sep16:45Youth Sailing & Racing07:574.4