On Saturday 1 July, 12 cadets from the CCF Royal Navy Section embarked on their annual summer camp to HMS Raleigh for four days of dinghy sailing.
Despite some very strong winds everyone managed to get afloat in a range of dinghies and earn some RYA Qualifications: a total of 13 RYA qualifications were awarded from Dinghy Level 1 up to Dinghy Level 3.
Across the four days, cadets were able to build upon the skills learnt during their weekly sailing sessions at Roadford lake in larger double handed Argos. They experienced tidal waters, racing and double handed dinghies, adding to their breath of experience. Some senior cadets (and Mrs Bratt) also gained their Powerboat Level 2 qualification.
We are fortunate to be so closely located to HMS Raleigh, the home of all Royal Navy Ratings training, and Jupiter Point which is home to the Royal Navy Seamanship Training. Cadets were able to get an insight into life in the Royal Navy and experience basic training.
It was a slightly windy – but thoroughly enjoyable – few days afloat for all involved.
Article by Mr Pearson, CCF Contingent Commander
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