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Welcome to the autumn issue of Fleet. We hope you all had a great offshore season and enjoyed a chance to have an exciting offshore voyage! Speaking of which, our new flagship TS Royalist has had a brilliant first season – see our gallery of your pictures from her maiden voyages on the back page. Read about another new addition to the fleet, our RS Quest dinghy, and learn what it’s like to take part in our annual Trafalgar Day Parade. Enjoy the issue – send your news and views to

News round-up Page 02-03 Find out what Sea Cadets around the UK have been getting up to in our Area News section, learn some features of our new Sea Cadets dinghy, and don’t forget to order your Christmas cards!

Feature Page 04-05 Once again cadets have marched in London to mark the anniversary of Trafalgar Day. Read the highlights and hear from a cadet and her mum about being part of this prestigious event.

Advice and recognition Page 06-07 The NSPCC has shared its advice on how to combat bullying, in conjunction with anti-bullying week. Meet a member of the HQ training team, and get your questions answered by the Corps.

Last word Page 08 Fleet talks to adventurer and sailor Tom Rainey about his epic Atlantic row. And there’s still plenty of time for one lucky cadet to win an offshore voyage with the Peregrine Trophy competition.

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think Sea Cadets will improve their child’s happiness.

91% agree that

Sea Cadets gives young people skills for life.

84% would recommend

Sea Cadets to other parents.


But only 44% feel well-informed about Sea Cadets.

“My son struggles academically at school, but Sea Cadets has opened up a whole new world to him – he feels very at home, it’s like a second family. Now his aim is to join the Royal Navy. My other children will be joining too, when they’re old enough.”



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Parents see the primary long-term benefits of Sea Cadets as gaining life skills in a safe and supportive environment, where they can enjoy themselves, feel inspired, grow friendships and have wide experiences and opportunities.


Sea Cadets is like a second family – this was the overwhelming message we received in response to a survey we launched in August. We asked cadets, volunteers and

(for the first time) parents to tell us what they think about Sea Cadets, and were thrilled that so many wanted to share their views – we had over 6,000 responses.

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3 4 5 What cadets think: 88%

say volunteers are good role models.


feel a sense of duty towards their unit.


feel proud to be a

Sea Cadet. Improvements highlighted by volunteers:

“Social media is being exploited sensibly in a way that would not have been dreamed of when I was a teenager.”

“There’s a lot less paper from HQ these days. We used to get a rain forest when I first joined.”

“The new logo shows the Corps has become more modern, but it still needs to keep its traditions.”

This was balanced against: “It has become more professional but has become too corporate.”

Volunteers see the most important aspects of Sea Cadets as having a positive impact on young people and seeing them achieve new things.

only 5%

thought the volunteer allowance very important

with 64%

saying it’s not important at all

Good communication within Sea Cadets is a concern for volunteers.

Regatta results Well done to everyone who took part in the 2015 Combined Regatta. Southern and Eastern areas shared a victory at the competition in September, for the Overall Combined Regatta cup. Eastern Area also came joint first with London Area at the National Sailing Regatta in October, where unfortunately there wasn’t enough wind for dinghy sailing, but the windsurfing competition went ahead. For the full list of results go to:

Sea Cadets in your inbox You will soon be getting an email from us about signing your cadets up for weekly updates from Current, our online magazine ( We want to keep you up-to-date with

the latest articles on what cadets have been up to, inspiring stories written by cadets about their experiences, and the work experience and apprenticeship opportunities on offer through our careers page. Look out for our email in your inbox and ask cadets to sign up.

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Giving the Corps a voice

The huge response to our survey will help us continue to offer fantastic opportunities to young people

use this information to build on the Sea Cadets experience, so that we can continue to give young people life-changing opportunities, and enable volunteers to pass on their valuable skills. Thanks to everyone who

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Thank you, supporters! Thanks to your donations over the last few months, we will be able to put a new RS Quest dinghy on the water, ready for our cadets to enjoy. There’s nothing more thrilling or

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The survey suggests that the longer a young person attends Sea Cadets, the more likely they are to believe it stops them getting into trouble.

Cadets said they want more of a say in what happens at their unit.

challenging than being out on the water, especially when you’re growing up. Activities like sailing, power boating, windsurfing, rowing or paddle sports give young people an adventure, and help them to improve their personal development and gain valuable qualifications along the way. To make a donation and help us get

more young people on the water please visit:

Removable side benches mean it’s less buoyant when it capsizes so it doesn’t float as high in the water, making it easier to right again.

The foredeck box is ideal for storing equipment such as a man overboard line, anchor and anchor line, and even a few sleeping bags. Its positioning in the bow leaves more room for people.

Inside the dinghy there is lots of space for three cadets and one instructor to easily move around.



Sea Cadets as having a positive impact on young people and seeing them achieve new things” Findings from the 2015 Sea Cadets survey

RS Quest, ready for launch

Olympic sailor and boat designer Jo Richards talks us through the features of the new Sea Cadets dinghy

As well as launching our new flagship this year, we’ve also been busy improving the dinghy sailing experience. Alongside the other boats at this

year’s Southampton Boat Show was our brand new dinghy, the RS Quest, designed in partnership with Olympic

sailor and award-winning boat designer Jo Richards and RS Sailing. Below, Jo explains the highlights of

the new boat, which costs £4,470. To find out how to apply for funding to get an RS Quest dinghy for your unit, go to

“Generations of local young

people have developed valuable life skills thanks to Sea Cadets” Cllr Les Rowlands, Mayor of Wirral

Around the UK Area news

Catch up with Corps news from around the UK. Send news from your area to

London Area Northern Area

The two-piece mast is easier for storing and transporting. The top section is also completely sealed, so when you capsize it is buoyant and makes it lighter for pulling back up.

A highlight at this year’s London International Shipping Week (7-11 September) was a performance by a Sea Cadets band. The cadets and volunteers from Sutton and Merton units played to a very impressed list of VIPs, including Admiral Sir George Zambellas KCB DSC ADC DL, The First Sea Lord. He said the band were so good that he believed they were Royal Navy!

Southern Area

Newcastle East Sea Cadets have teamed up with nearby Walker Technology College in a pioneering initiative. The £31m college offers cadets outstanding facilities, and Year 9 pupils can study the Cadet Training Programme as part of the curriculum. Captain Sea Cadets Captain Phillip Russell RN (pictured) visited recently and supported the new partnership.

Eastern Area

The Lord Lieutenant of Hampshire appointed his new Lord Lieutenant Cadets at a ceremony on 30 September. POC Francesca is representing Sea Cadets and with family, VIP, and senior military personnel in attendance, she was welcomed by the Lord Lieutenant along with peers from the other cadet forces. The cadets will accompany him on official visits.

South West Area

The gunnel around the edge is specifically shaped to make it easier to get out of the water onto the trailer and to move it about.

In front of the Lord Lieutenant, the High Sheriff, the Lord Mayor and others, Sheffield Sea Cadets and Royal Marine Cadets put on an evening of entertainment on 21 September, to celebrate what they have achieved this year. The band was on top form, while RMCs performed a song and dance in the form of a ‘Haka’. Juniors did bugle-playing in fancy dress.

North West Area

The keel and bilge keels are designed to be touching the ground all at once, so if you put the boat on the grass it stays stable, for easier training on land.

The self-draining hull means you won’t have to bail the boat out, unlike a bosun.

“It’s a simple boat, but we’ve added a few things that will really improve the cadet sailing experience” Jo Richards

A built-in handle in front of the bilge keel makes it easier to stay in contact with the boat and to pull it back up after capsizing.

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OC Shayne from Neath was selected to attend RYA Cymru windsurfing squad sessions on 27 September, as part of the Wales regional regattas. He came first out of the entire regatta, held in Bala under Head Coach for Wales Windsurfing, Ali Yates. He has been selected for the RYA Cymru windsurfing squad, competing against the rest of the UK.

The crew of HM Astute and Wallasey Sea Cadets were granted ‘Freedom of Wirral’ during a parade in September. The Mayor said they were given this honour in recognition of their contribution to the community: “Generations of local young people have developed seamanship and valuable life skills thanks to the superb mentoring provided by Wallasey Sea Cadets.”

Photo: Shipping Innovation Ltd.

Photo: Wirral Globe

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