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Oct 18 2017

Cadet Halloween Party – 29th October

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Hi all! It’s that time of year again when I dust off my broomstick and create some magical Halloween fun for the cadets!

This year we will be celebrating on Sunday 29th October, 4-6pm. Tickets will be on sale from tomorrow evening, 19th October, from behind the bar priced at a bargain £3.50 each! Your ticket includes the usual crazy disco and games fun with DJ Groovy Tunes, plus some naughty sweets and crisps to nibble on.

I hope to see some fantastically inventive outfits on the day as there will be a prize for the best costume! Meet you at broomstick parking on the roof…… 😉

Now the boring small print…… this event is open to MEMBERS ONLY. Please do not cause embarrassment by asking for tickets on behalf of non-members – cadet names will be required for all tickets sold.

It is not possible to reserve tickets – payment is required up front.

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Oct 11 2017

Cadet success in the Annual Matt Dear Trophy

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A lively group of Cadets competed in the 7th Annual Matt Dear Trophy held at TEYC. The heavy winds and particularly the gusts were going to make the day difficult. However, 13 eager Cadets faced the challenge and managed a good start. Luke and Sam in the RS Feva claimed clear wind and were in second place on the line. They continued to sail well throughout the race, despite Luke being swept out the boat and managing to skillfully climb back aboard! Our sailors aged from 10 to 15 years old, tackled the rolling waves and with a few token capsizes completed the 3 laps of the course. Luke and Sam, won on handicap becoming The Matt Dear Trophy Champions.

We are again very proud of our TBYC Cadets for their participation and sterling effort, whilst also representing our club.

Thank you to Ian and Sue Simpson at TBYC for organising and hosting the event.

Here is an article written for Y&Y

This annual charity race was first held in 2010 in memory of Matthew Dear, who tragically passed away in 2009. The aim of the charity is to raise awareness of the dangers of anabolic steroids and appearance and performance enhancing drugs. See for more information.

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Oct 01 2017

Strong wind sailing

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Sep 27 2017

Well done Cadets

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Eighteen Cadets did us proud by entering the Interclub Dinghy Cadet Team Race last Sunday, hosted by Essex Yacht Club. Nine boats were loaded onto trailers to be transported to Leigh together with ‘Seasafe 3’ towing another two Picos and the Cadet Rib around the pier.  Our Cadets, who ages range from 10 to 15 years, unloaded their dinghies, rigged them and were off to the Start Line, far in the distance. The course was large and the buoys were hard to see through the sea mist, however the Cadets managed to tackle the massive waves (especially when you are only 10 years old in a Pico) and 18mph winds. These was certainly challenging conditions. For most Cadets, this was their first major race away from the club and I think they deserve much praise. They all returned with a smile on their face, a little exhausted, but contented that they had successfully represented TBYC as a team.  Photo: 11 team members


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Sep 21 2017

Briefing for the ‘Interclub’ Dinghy Team Race at Essex Yacht Club – TBYC Cadet Racing Squad

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Briefing at Sail Training Room, 7:30 pm, Friday 22/09/2017

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Sep 19 2017

Cadets – ‘Interclub’ Dinghy Team Race at Essex Yacht Club

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It is the “Interclub’ Cadet Dinghy Team Race this Sunday 24th September at Essex YC.
This race is for Cadets who can sail a full course with good starting and a basic understanding of the rules.  Boats can be sailed single handed or with helm and crew.
Organisation for the Interclub Race
Meeting Friday 7.30pm TBYC Sail training Room for Cadets and Parents
  • Meeting to organise transportation of Dinghies to Leigh YC where I have secured parking for our trailers. The boats will be launched on the beach by the club and sailed 150 metres to Essex Yacht Club.
  • To sort out teams of 4 boats.
  • Briefing on the ‘Sailing Instructions’. Click here for sailing Instructions
Sunday 24th September Meet at TBYC at 11.45
  • Race starts at 14.45, Mass start.
  • Parents and Cadets should arrive at the club at 11.45 to load boats onto the trailers etc. The Cadets should either change at TBYC or come changed, as there may be no facilities available at Essex / Leigh Yacht Club.
  • Each Cadet shall be responsible for their boat, whether it is their own or a club boat. That includes loading your boat onto the trailer (with help) and ensuring you have the rudder, daggerboard, boom, sails etc. loaded onto the trailer or in a parent’s car.
I am looking for two parents who can tow a trailer to carry 3 to 5 boats to Leigh YC. 
We will have at least ‘Polly’ to watch the racing. There will be the usual Safety/support boat cover supplied by the organising club.
This is a great opportunity for our Cadet to race against other youngsters and put all the training into practice.
The forecast is 10mph winds……. perfect!
All good fun!

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Sep 16 2017

Pico race tomorrow morning, 9:00 briefing, sail training room

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Sep 14 2017

Pico race this Sunday 9:30 start on the water

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Pico race and training 17/09/2017 Sunday with Andras and Nick

Dear Cadets and Parents,

This is going to be the last Pico race of the Season, do not miss it!

1. Change and rig
2. at 9:00 briefing at the Sail Training Room
3. start on the water at 9:30

Follow the leader (small RIB) with Nick leading the fleet to the course.

1. drill No 1: starting:
Position your boat in an imaginary square right of the start line.
Polly motorboat with Andras on board as committee boat.
Sail slowly with sails flapping close hauled, and cross the start line, starboard tack. Bear away, round the pin, return to the imaginary square, get ready.
Repeat, sail slowly with sails flapping close hauled, approaching the start line, control your speed.
Repeat 7 times

2. drill No 2:
Same activity as No 1, but timed.
Use your sailing watch, if you have one, or ask for one for Christmas, will be worth it.1 minute count down.
One minute count down from Polly.
Series of short sound signals (whistle) as warning
1 long signal: 1 minute count down starts
1 short signal each 10 seconds:
at 50 seconds left,
at 40 seconds left
at 30 seconds left
at 20 seconds left
at 10 second left
1 long signal at the start, board goes down
This cycle is going to be repeated many times.
Boats should proceed to start if ready, or wait for the next sequence

3. Pico race on the trapezoid course
3 minutes count down with boards, last minute signals as in drill 2.
Three windward marks will be laid to encourage sailors to tack more often
and to stay in the middle of the course.
This will compress the fleet and results in more boat to boat tactics.
Round each upwind mark from port.
1 lap race.

Once finished, leaders should proceed with drill No 1 until others finished.

4. as 3., second Pico race

Sailors are encouraged to come to Polly to have chat when available.

See you on the water:

Slow approach to the start line:
exactly the same technique, as coming to the coach boat.

our course will be similar to the basic trapezoid course here:

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Sep 08 2017

Four weeks of Cadet Sail Training and competition

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There are four exciting Cadet Sailing events over the next four weeks plus Oppie Beach Club

  • This Sunday 10th September. 11+ year olds Race Training.   Briefing at 1300 hours (change and rig first) for a 1315 start.  If it has to be cancelled due to high winds, we will put on some On-Shore training.
  • Sunday 17th September.  Pico Racing and training. Briefing at 0900, 0930 start.
  • Sunday 24th September. Interclub Cadet Dinghy Race (Teams of 3 or 4 boats) at Essex Yacht Club.  Time to be confirmed, but around 1300 start.
  • Saturday 7th October. Matt Dear Trophy at Thames Estuary Yacht Club.  1400 start .

The Interclub Cadet Dinghy Race and Matt Dear Trophy will take some extra organisation. Please let me know if you wish to attend.  [email protected]

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Aug 30 2017

Pico Racing and Stage 3 Training

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The Pico Racing this Sunday 3rd September, will be a joint event with the second day of the TBYC Stage 3 Training.  There is a briefing at 8.45am; to be ready to leave the beach at 9.00am. Open to all as usual. Please change first.

The TBYC Stage 3 Training is now full.


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