Cadet Super Sundays have become hugely popular for Optimist, Topper and Feva sailors and create mini regatta style occasions monthly from April to October. In 2023 if there is sufficient demonstrable commitment from the fleet then Mirrors may be also admitted to the series.
Purpose: To enable the BSC cadets to hone their racing skills with fleet racing in a relaxed and fun atmosphere, with a parent powered supportive and friendly race team.
How: By running at least three back to back races for the younger BSC Cadet fleets - Oppie Silver, Oppie Gold, Toppers, and Fevas. Depending on numbers some classes will share a start.
Where: In the Cutmill area at the top of the tide we can run races in quick succession, with the ability for the rest of the family to safely spectate from the shore.
When: Monthly between April and October. Check the BSC calendar online for exact dates/times. On the same days as the Cadet Super Sundays, there will also be fleet racing for Lasers and a handicap start that 420s can join from the quay.
Race Course Logic: There are two committee boats: a start boat (usually Glad Emma) in the middle of the course and then a separate finish boat (usually a rib) which competitors reach over to on their last lap after rounding the bottom mark. This keeps finishing boats away from the start area and allows the RO to run starts for one class whilst other classes are finishing.
There is an inner course for the slower boats and an outer course for the faster ones to create separation at the marks. Between a finish and the next start boats will be held in a holding area to keep the start area clear. When the RO is ready for the next fleet to start they are called down to the committee start boat to go into the starting sequence.
The Notice of Race, Sailing Instructions and course chart are available to be downloaded below.
Safety and Coaching: The racing is primarily for fun and learning with coach boats on the course to guide and develop all cadets, not just the Oppie Silvers. In addition, there will be a full safety and race briefing for all cadets prior to launching.
Holding Area: Holding area is at the leeward end of the course to allow for quick turnaround and fast starts. There's fun to be had while waiting with the Dragonfly and Maddona cup to be contested. The focus here is on having fun while waiting and working on boat skills.
Volunteers: Many race duties need to be filled in order for each Super Sunday to take place. Duties vary from land based, helping the cadets to launch and recover at the end of the racing to water based race, patrol and coach teams. As such, it is expected that if your child is racing, you will need to sign up for a duty each race day to help support and facilitate.. Please sign up via the duty roster. Only members with cadets should sign up for cadet duties. Should you have any difficulties signing up for a duty, please contact the BSC office.
Post Racing: Food will be available (check the website calendar) and the bar will be open for some apres-race socialising.
No Wind (or too much!): If conditions are not suitable for sailing within the tidal window we have in Cutmill we'll try and run something fun and wet.
For further information about the Super Sundays, please contact your class captain. Class Captains will also post additional information about each Super Sunday via the fleet WhatsApp group nearer the time.
Last updated 14:18 on 25 January 2024