Team Spitfire headed to the Cadet World Championships in Bruinisse Netherlands



Peter Allen (skipper) and Oliver Grieve (crew) were selected into the Australian Team for the Cadet World Championships as the reserve boat. They join the seven other crews selected into the team, including four crews from Sandy Bay Sailing Club in Hobart, and one crew each from Largs Bay SC in South Australia, and RGYC and SYC from Victoria.

Details of the team are on the ICCA webpage.

Pete and Ollie have been training hard with the team in Geelong, and will head down to Hobart on Queens birthday weekend for some ice-breaking sailing with the hardy Tasmanian team members.

Team Spitfire join a small group of Royals Cadets who have made it onto the Australian Team. Have you noticed the photo outside the committee room of HRH Princess Anne awarding a trophy at the 1987 Cadet World Championship to RYCV Cadets, Lars Larsen and young crew, Ryan Grieve?  Ryan is father of Ollie Grieve, crew in this year’s RYCV team heading to Europe and went on to great success in Australian and World Championships as a Cadet and 49er skipper, and more recently in keelboats as part of the all-conquering Ikon crew.  Ryan writes:

“This year a second generation of Grieves tries his hand at conquering the Cadet World Championships!”

It was 1987, 30 years ago when Lars Larsen and Ryan Grieve were selected to represent their country at the World championships in Wales.  The defining moment was when we won the invitation race and were presented with the trophy by none other then Princess Anne, The princess of Wales.  The photo of this momentous occasion can still be seen on the RYCV lounge wall. 

Grieves 11 year old son Oliver, has been selected to go the Cadet World Championships as reserve boat in Bruinisse, The Netherlands.  

His determined skipper and well know Royals Cadet sailor, Peter Allen helming Spitfire are a formidable team, winning all major club races this season.  Their solid 12th place performance at the Nationals was enough to gain team selection .   Allen has previous World championship experience, crewing for Louis Schofield in Weymouth, England in 2014.  Allen is still only 14 years old and has risen through the ranks very quickly to become one of Australia’s top International Cadet helmsmen.

The Spitfire boys recently completed the Victorian titles at Sandringham yacht club finishing a credible 3rd, all great training for the upcoming main event.  

As you are aware, sailing is an expensive sport and an event like this can be difficult for the teams to fund.  As a result expect to see some fundraising activities in the coming months…