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SIs for both Outside and Inside Fleets will be published a week before the event.

Inside Fleet Welcome

Ahoy to all ye Pirates and ye elders!

Avast with ye books ‘n’ studyin’ and with ye confoundin’ X Boxes n’ Play Stations, for ’t is time for Mersea Cadet Week 2019!

‘t is an honour t’ be part o’ the dedicated Cadet Week Crew that works fingers to the bone all year t’ make ye Cadet Week so enjoyable ‘n memorable.  With a healthy mix o’ fun ‘n competition, learnin’ ‘n laughter, we aims to bring’em all ashore ‘appy, if a tad muddy!

We have four Optimist fleets: Gold, Ruby, Emerald ‘n Diamond!

Diamond Fleet be our first-year sailors, most will be new t’ sailin’ ‘n’ racin’. They be ‘avin’ fun activities and simple races with plenty o’ support ‘n’ encouragement from coaches, ‘n th’ support ships.

Emerald Fleet be aimed at our second-year sailors ‘n those who already had a wee bit o’ racin’.  The courses will still be moderately short ‘n’ set t’ match ability o’ th’ majority o’ the fleet.

Ruby Fleet be aimed at sailors who are in their third ‘n fourth year sailin’.  (This matches the Bronze ‘n’ Silver DSC Sunset Fleets.)  Courses will, usually, be set in th’ more open waters alongside Gold fleet.  The racin’ will be a wee more competitive ‘n challengin’. However, again courses will be set t’ match ability o’ the majority o’ th’ fleet.

Gold Fleet be, our top Optimist fleet with races for the more experienced sailors ‘n’ keener racers.  (This fleet matches those in DSC Sunset Gold Fleet plus any more confident/experienced sailors in Sunset Silver Fleet.)

Our aim is to have maximum fun subject to safety. We’ll get lots of races in but we be a’ measurin’ our success by the smiles not the miles.  It be about the sailin’ and not the bailin’!  We will aim to include some fun sailing activities that are not pure races.

Although we all hopes for a glorious week o’ weather, ’tis Jolly ol’ England, so sailors must be prepared for what’er the Blackwater throws at ye.

Make sure you come to the ‘Pirate Parley’ each morning for a debrief on the prior day, and to hear our plans for the day to come.


  • Be organised – Get down the HaRRRd in plenty o’ time. T’is always lots to do!
  • Take some water ‘n a snack aboard with ye;
  • Take care of ye rubbish. Look after the Sea and the Sea will look  after ye!
  • If the sun be out, wear a hat and use good quality sun cream – High Factorrrrrrr!
  • If it gets cooler, grab a woolly hat ‘n extra warm sailin’ clothes. A warm Pirate be a ‘appy Pirate!; and
  • Each day, pirates must sign-on, Tally on ,Tally off th’ water and then sign-off!

To all ye pirates ‘n elders, ‘ave  ye’ a fine Cadet Week 2019!

Chris Burrrrrrrrrr

Outside Fleet Welcome

Welcome to Cadet week 2019,  I am Ben Woodcraft and I am your race officer for the outside fleet.

I started sailing when I was ten and have sailed all sorts of boats since then. I am looking forward to Cadet Week just as much as you are and take great pleasure in watching you racing and having fun. ‘ The art of the sailor is leave nothing to chance’ so if I have any tips for you it will be –make sure your boat is prepared. Read sailing instructions and know your course

You don’t want to be following other boats as they may be going in the wrong direction. Try to get a good start and always sail your own race.

The other top tip is never collide with another boat even if you have right of way better to call for people to do penalty turns. Remember these boats cost your parents a lot of money. I could go on but I won’t so good luck and have fun.

And remember this

‘There are good ships and wood ships, the ships that sail the sea. But the best ships are friendships and may they always be.’

From an old Irish Toast

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