Cadet Open Championship
The Championships are sponsored for the third consecutive year by Marina Developments Limited (MDL) owners of Torquay and Brixham Marinas, and are hosted by the Royal Torbay Yacht Club.
A favourite to do well at this year's event must be 16 year old Sam Carter, from Waldringfield Sailing Club. Sam, together with Robert Graves (13) a member of the Corinthian Otters, won the International Cadet World Championships earlier this month in Poland, beating 80 boats from 15 other countries.
Sailing Art Attack, Carter and Graves face tough competition next week - two other UK teams took top 10 places in the worlds and will be hoping to improve on their performances next week in Torbay. This year's Marina Developments sponsored National Championships will be the last Cadet event for the duo, thereafter they both plan to sail in a different dinghy class.
The two-handed Cadet Class dinghy is open to children under 18 and is a well-established class throughout the UK. Several well-known sailors started their sailing careers in Cadets; including Keith Musto, Rodney Pattison, Chris Law, and more recently Sally Cuthbert.
The Championships comprise an eight race series, with two races each on Sunday, Monday, Tuesday and Thursday. Racing is divided into 3 different fleets; the A fleet for helms over the age of 15, the B fleet for under 15s and the C fleet for novice sailors.