Sea Cadets get a taste of offshore sailing

Six Campbeltown Sea Cadets spent the day on the Sea Cadet flagship TS Royalist.
Six Campbeltown Sea Cadets spent the day on the Sea Cadet flagship TS Royalist.

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After returning to parading in early June, Campbeltown Sea Cadets got back into training with a bang with the help of the Sea Cadet Corps offshore fleet.

On Sunday July 4, six cadets and two adult volunteers were given the opportunity to spend the day on the Sea Cadet flagship TS Royalist.

Cadets were given a tour of the vessel and a safety brief from the permanent crew before they set out into the Kilbrannan Sound.

After running up the sails, the unit got to experience a tall ship under sail.

The unit got to experience a tall ship under sail, seen here in Campbeltown Loch.
The unit got to experience a tall ship under sail, seen here in Campbeltown Loch.

On their way back to Campbeltown Loch, everyone enjoyed their lunch before cadets got the chance to take the helm and operate the engines.

They were also allowed to operate the ship’s rigid inflatable boat before returning to the quayside to return home.

A week later the cadets were treated to another offshore voyage, this time on the TS Jack Petchey, one of two 24m offshore power vessels operated by the Sea Cadets.

Once on board, the cadets and instructor were given a tour and safety brief before casting off and making their way out into the Kilbrannan Sound where they carried out man overboard drills, had a turn at navigation, helming duties and stints on
lookout.

They then anchored in Campbeltown Loch for some lunch before returning home.

Commanding Officer PO SCC Alasdair MacPhail said: ‘The taster days have been a fantastic opportunity for the cadets to get back out on the water and put into practice many of the skills they learned at cadets before lockdown.’

If these exploits appeal to any youngsters, Campbeltown Sea Cadet Corps is now recruiting for cadets aged 10 to 17.

Anyone interested in joining should email info@campbeltownscc.co.uk