A very well attended prize-giving ceremony took place at Solway Yacht Club in Kippford on Sunday.
It marked the end of what was described by several parents as “one of the best Cadet Weeks in recent times” and marked the completion of five days of intense sail training and dinghy racing for the 48 participants, aged 8 to 18, who took part.
Between July 25 and 29 a number of classes of sail training were delivered from the basic beginnings right up to full participation in dinghy racing.
Apart from that two fleets of fully qualified young sailors took part in a series of eight races to determine the overall Cadet Week winners.
The first fleet, Handicap 1, consisted of five dinghies including two Lasers, one Formula 18 catamaran, one Dart 18 and one Tasar.
The second fleet, Handicap 2, consisted of seven boats including three Laser Radials, two RS Feva XLs, one Byte C1 and one Wanderer. The third group of racing dinghies were sailed by six “Kepis Bleus”. They were sail trainees at a level ready to race. This fleet included three Feva XLs, two Toppers and one Laser Pico.
All races were keenly contested and closely run in light to moderate, mostly southwesterly winds.
At the end of the week the clear overall winner of the Handicap 1 fleet was James Bishop in his Laser. He came first in all of the eight races in which he took part. This outstanding performance earned him not only the Almorness Cup for Best in Fleet but also the Ingam and Scauronian Quaiche for the best Solway Yacht Club racer and winner of the day three race.
James was closely followed, usually only by a few minutes in each race, by Theo Low in his Laser. Theo was awarded the Merrick Cup. In the Handicap 2 fleet the clear winner in her Laser Radial was Megan Greaves-Martin for which she was awarded the Crombie Cup as well as the Commodore’s Cup for best performance in the largest fleet.
Second in the fleet was Samuel Bennett in his Laser Radial which earned him the Milne Cup. The Kepis Bleu fleet also performed extremely well, on some occasions racing faster than one or two of the Handicap 2 boats. First in the Kepis Bleu fleet was Oliver Jack who won the Craigrathan Cup.
Other awards presented included the Best Girl Sailor Ractliffe Rose Bowl to Lucy Leyshon, the Clark Rose Bowl to Toby Iglehart and Jack Johnstone for the best under 15s, the Whiteport Plate for the Best All Female Crew to Sally McKay and Katie Harris and the Topsy Turvy Trophy for best endeavour to Ida Iglehart.
In addition to the schedule of daytime activities a busy social programme of evening events also took place. They included, among others, a Cadet Week Dinner, a barbeque and a ceilidh. At the end of a great week, grateful thanks was given to the many club members who had brought it all together and made it such a success. These especially included Joanne Harris, the Cadet Officer, the Cadet Captains, James Bishop, Katie Bishop, Ellie Rowand and Lilli Bell and the Race Officers, Stewart Biggar and Willie Patterson. A similar event in 2022 is eagerly awaited.