Welcome to the home page for the International Cadet Class Dinghy - the only International, two person, three sail, junior racing dinghy limited to sailors up to 17 years of age only.

Cadets in action

The Cadet Dinghy


A strictly one design boat designed by Jack Holt in 1947 for junior sailors. Made in wood and glass fiber the boat is deliberately too small for adults to sail. It has main and jib sails with a symmetrical spinnaker and all the control lines associated with a performance dinghy. A number of International Sailors and Olympic Medalists have sailed Cadets and have been World Champions in the class.

Latest News from the Class

2012 European Championships - Notice of Race

Please find attached the Notice of Race for the 2012 European Championships to be held in Carnac, France. This includes the Entry Form. The deadline for entries is 21st June 2012. Entries received after this date may be accepted subject to payment of an additional late entry fee.

Please do not hesitate to email David Elliott if you have any questions.

2012 European Championships

Preliminary information about the European Championships to be held in Carnac in July 2012 can be obtained from National Administrators.

International Events

European Championships

A European Championship is generally held in years when the World Championship is being hosted in the Southern Hemisphere.

Next European Championships

Past European Championships

  • 2009: Spain - Almeria: 18th July to 24th July 2009

    Visit the event website for latest information

World Championships

The World Championships are hosted by a different country each year and have taken place in Australia, Argentina, India and various European countries. In a series of indicator events every national Cadet Class Association determines its seven best teams to compete in this event. For the children, this is not only a unique sporting challenge but also a great occasion to visit countries they have never been before and practice foreign languages.

Next World Championship

  • 2012: Australia - Sandy Bay Sailing Club Tasmania: December 2012