Monthly Archives: September 2012

Sea Cadets Paddle to Victory

Southern Area Sea Cadets Paddlesport Regatta at
Dreadnought Reach

On Saturday 8th September, Sea Cadets from across the South of England competed in the Southern Area Sea Cadets Paddlesport Regatta at Dreadnought Reach, Reading. The Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire District was represented by a squad of eighteen cadets from Sea Cadet units in  Milton Keynes, High Wycombe, Oxford and Abingdon. The Abingdon Unit fielded fourteen cadets in the District squad.

Cadets working hard during the competition

After a hard day of competition, our local cadets won medals in eleven of the sixteen races (four FIRST places, three SECOND places and four THIRD places. This consistency of performance meant that the Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire District team won the overall the event and the trophy was brought triumphantly back to Abingdon Unit. This is the first time that a team from Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire District have won the overall competition since the current trophy was first used in 1989. Four Abingdon cadets will now represent the Southern Area in the Sea Cadets National Paddlesport Regatta to be held in London next month.

Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire District win the overall competition

Speaking after the event, Acting Lieutenant (SCC) Kevin Anderson, Commanding Officer of Abingdon Unit, said “I am delighted for the District team and in particular for the cadets from Abingdon Unit who have trained very hard for this event over the past few weeks. This will be the third year in succession that Abingdon cadets will represent the Southern Area in the National competition. Let us hope that they can bring home some medals as they did last year. Our success is down to the dedication of the cadets and a number of our staff who have a keen interest in paddlesports.  In 2006, Abingdon Unit received a grant from the National Lottery Awards for All that allowed us to procure a large amount of paddlesports equipment. We are now reaping the rewards of that investment.”

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HMS Illustrious

Rye Sea Cadets onboard the HMS Illustrious

One of the best parts of being a Sea cadet is the possibility of going on a ships visit – this is normally to one of the Navy’s fishery patrol vessels or university training ships. However, seven young people aged between 10 and 18 have just spent a day onboard HMS Illustrious, the units affiliated ship and one of the largest vessels of the Royal Navy.

HMS Illustrious is 210 metres long, weighs 22000 tonnes, and is a Helicopter and Commando carrier. The seven cadets left early on Tuesday morning arriving at HM Naval Base Portsmouth at 0900 where they were taken by coach to the ship.

Whilst onboard, the cadets got a real feel of what it would be like to live and work on board a working vessel.  Cadets took part in fire fighting, damage control, marine engineering, first aid and sea survival exercises.

Rye Sea Cadets

Kieran Baker aged 15 from Rye said: “We had an excellent day, the fire fighting and first aid was excellent”.

The Officer in Charge of Rye Sea Cadets, Chief Petty Officer Steve Smith said: “We like to get our cadets taking part in as many activities as possible. We’ve had a very busy summer and this was the icing on the cake! I’d just like to thank the Commanding Officer of HMS Illustrious and the ships crew for their hospitality”

Rye Sea Cadets are now recruiting for new cadets, staff members and supporters to join their small team of volunteers.

For more information contact:

CPO (SCC) Steve Smith

Officer in Charge

01797 224720 (Monday and Friday evenings)