BSC has an active racing program for cadets within the club. We have separate race starts for cadets on most race days if there are enough sailors to form a race, if not cadets can race against the adults using Portsmouth Yardstick handicap ratings.
In addition we have four dedicated cadet race series through the year starting with our Frostbite series in the Easter holidays. The highlight of the year is Cadet Week which has races for all classes of boats supported by the club. The winners of each series compete for the 'Cock of the Cadet' trophy at the end of the week. Two weeks later we have Club Week where cadets again have their own start and can compete at the end of the week for the 'Cock of the Club'. We culminate our summer of sailing with the Reid Scott event, which gives the cadet three days of racing before heading back to school. Finally for the hardiest of sailors we have an end of seasons over October half term.
Where possible we try to run 'regatta' events in parallel with our main race series. These races are for our junior sailors who have only just started racing and they are supported by one of our qualified coaches in a rib to offer support, tips and encouragement.
We also host open events in our cadet racing classes, in recent years this has included Optimist and Laser opens.
We also run try a boat days where cadets get to sail different types of boats with an experienced sailor on board to show them the ropes, last year we had "try a" Tera, Feva and Fireball opportunities.
At BSC we actively encourage our cadets to compete at sailing events outside the club. Our sailors compete at Regional, National and International events. We have active members competing in most of the RYA development classes and consistently have one of the largest fleets at the RYA Regional Championship. In 2019, the RYA awarded us the prized status as a British Youth Sailing Recognised Club with the aim to develop and retain the best young racing sailors in the world.