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A Cadet class dinghy POL 9461
|Construction||Plywood or foam sandwich|
|LOA||3.22 metres (10.6 ft)|
|Beam||1.27 metres (4 ft 2 in)|
|Draft||0.16 metres (Template:Convert/And0) (without centerboard)|
|Hull weight||54 kilograms (120 lb)|
|Mast height||3.22 metres (10.6 ft)|
|Mainsail area||3.9 square metres (42 sq ft)|
|Jib / Genoa area||1.26 square metres (13.6 sq ft)|
|Spinnaker area||4.25 square metres (45.7 sq ft)|
|Infobox last updated: February 2010|
The Cadet is a junior trainer sailing dinghy designed by Jack Holt, in 1947, who was commissioned to design it by the magazine Yachting World. The boat is crewed by two people and sails with a bermuda rigged mainsail, jib and spinnaker. The side decks are designed so that a capsize normally does not fill the hull with water.
The Cadet is sailed internationally throughout Europe, Asia, Australia and South America. Originally made of wood, it is now constructed of fiberglass. The current strongest fleets are situated in the UK and Argentina, with boats from one of these countries winning the World Championships in the last few years. The current UK National Champions are Katrina and Christopher Brewer, from Parkstone Yacht Club.
The 2008 World Championships were held in the City of Medemblik;, The Netherlands, with Quinten Lauwers and Nele De Munck(Belgum) becoming World Champions. The 2009 World Championships will be held in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
The Cadet is 3.2 meters long and weighs 54 kilograms. The sail area is 4.55 to 4.65 square meters. Over 9000 Cadets have been built worldwide.