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NAVY NEWS, JANUARY 2010 43
Appeal launched for
Celebration
and farewell
at St Albans
Royalist’s successor
ST ALBANS cadets celebrated
another year of success at their
annual general meeting – but also
said goodbye to their Commanding
Officer.
Lt Cdr (SCC) Graham Waylett
RNR, has stood down after
THE SEA Cadet Corps
and teaches you team work,
another two years leading the unit,
perseverance and determination.
having stood in on a temporary
has launched a £7.5
“It is an exhilarating experience
basis for a couple of months.
million appeal to build
and an amazing challenge.
He has now handed over
a replacement for TS “A new training ship will
command to Lt Cdr (SCC) David
Royalist.
mean even more young people
Nice RNR.
can benefit from this incredible
Attended by Deputy Mayor
TV historian Dan Snow,
experience.”
Cllr Mohammad Iqbal Zia, the
himself a former Sea Cadet,
The new ship’s specifications
ceremony was part of the unit’s
announced the start of the
will result in a tall ship with an
annual meeting which saw the
campaign for a new brig
operating life of some 25 years,
cadets celebrating another year of
during a reception at Trinity taking more than 20,000 cadets
success and growth.
House in London. and around 3,000 adults to sea
The unit was also presented with
● OC Emily Buchanan
The current sail training ship for an average voyage of six days
a pennant by District Officer Lt
Emily fl ies
was built in 1971, and the charity each.
Cdr Margaret Coates, recognising
needs to replace her in the near She will be almost 29m long and
the unit’s place as one of the best
future if it is to continue to offer 6.7m at the beam – very similar to
in Hertfordshire.
the flag
teenagers the opportunity for
the ship she will replace.
Commenting on the handover,
adventurous training at sea.
The new version will have two
Lt Cdr Nice said: “Graham will
During her 38 years Royalist
diesel engines and twin propellers
be a hard act to follow, and will
on parade
has given more than 30,000 young
for cruising at seven knots.
be greatly missed by all, but we
people and staff the chance to try
She will displace some 150
have the staff and cadets in place
their hand at sailing a traditional
tonnes and under sail should be
to allow the unit to grow and
OC EMILY Buchanan flew the
ship at sea.
capable of 12 knots.
develop.
flag for Aldeburgh and District
Dan Snow was one of the most
She will be based in Portsmouth
“We have already started work
RNA when she acted as standard
recent to sail with her, during
Harbour at the Petrol Pier at
on refurbishing the unit and we
bearer at the annual East Anglia filming for his new series on
Gosport and undertake 35 cadet
are looking forward to a positive
year ahead with lots of positive
District Trafalgar Day parade (see BBC2, Empire of the Seas.
voyages each year.
plans in place.”
above). “You join the Sea Cadets and
Each voyage will have room
Cadets were also presented with
Emily (12), of Beccles unit, you push your own limits,” said
for 24 cadets, plus two volunteer
awards on the night for individual
found the experience different to Dan.
watch officers.
achievement including:
parading with other members of “You discover things about
She will tend to operate around
Best Junior Cadet: Junior Cadet
her unit who were also on parade. yourself. It opens up options.”
the UK coast, but will also
Max August; Best Dressed Cadet:
The cadet comes from a family The current cadre is in
undertake expeditionary cruises
Marine Cpl Steven Buck; Churchill
who have a history of being agreement.
to the “near continent.”
Cup for leadership skills: LC
members of the Beccles unit. Josh Syrett (17), a member of
She will operate with a
George Threadgold; Paddle sport
Her brother, L/Cpl Nathan the Colchester unit, said: “Sailing
permanent crew of six, including
(for reaching national kayak final):
Buchanan, is a former cadet on Royalist is an incredible
a sailing master.
Marine L/Cpl Ben Landsdown;
who is at present serving with 45 experience open to all Sea Cadets. ● Josh Syrett, of Colchester
Gosling Cup for drill: AC Jake
Commando in Norway. “It’s what we are all about, unit, meets Dan Snow
Hughes; Piping Award: OC Kim
Wood.
Kendal go offshore
30 out of 30 for
The Fred Nash Award for best
instructor, as voted for by the unit’s
instructors, went to PO Ted Hill.
EIGHT cadets from Kendal unit Largo is
spent a week learning offshore
sailing skills on the two Corps
the specialists
35ft Tradewind yachts TS City the key for
Liveryman and TS Vigilant.
ALL 30 cadets, who attended the Lt Cdr Graham Broadbent, CO of
Both yachts were based in the
Manchester District multi-subject TS Quantock, said: “It was a fantastic
Solent and, unusually for the time
specialisation weekend at TS Quantock weekend.
Barnsley
of year, enjoyed a rare week of
– Tameside unit – achieved at least a “Not only have the cadets gone away
good winds and pleasant weather.
pass in their chosen subject. with a qualification under their belts,
The cadets, who came from they have made new friends from other
NOW in its 67th year, Barnsley
Harbours visited included
Manchester (Trafalgar)
unit is still proving a popular draw
Bembridge, Cowes and Hythe
, Salford, units and met new staff – it all adds to
Stockport
for youngsters in the town.
on Southampton Water, while
, Stretford and Tameside their Sea Cadet experience.”
In the early days the unit –
one very pleasant night was spent
units, and ranged in age from Junior District Training Officer Lt Cdr Mike
which opened its doors for the
moored in the beautiful Newtown
Cadets to Able Cadets, were given the Herbert thanked Lt Cdr Broadbent for
first time on September 1 1942 –
Creek on the Isle of Wight – the
opportunity to attain a Class Three hosting the weekend and added: “The
was only open to boys; many went
silence and mist lying on the water
specialisation in either Communications, facilities at Tameside unit are excellent,
on to join the Royal Navy, and
in the early morning, disturbed
Cook/Steward, First-Aid, Seamanship so we as a district should make as much
those who were communicators
only by a pair of swans, made this (Chartwork) or Seamanship (Ropework use of them as we can.”
earned a bounty for the unit.
particularly memorable. & Rigging). Lt Cdr Jim Garner, Manchester
Units now have to raise their
The last full day of sailing was As the pass rate shows, the cadets District Officer, commended the cadets
own funds, and Legal and
enlivened by a meeting up with all worked extremely hard and their for their achievements and their good
Receivables, trading as Largo
the Sea Cadet tall ship TS Royalist determination to succeed paid off. behaviour over the whole weekend.
at Silkwood Business Park in
off Cowes.
Wakefield, arranged a charity ball
This resulted in a water fight
at the Met Hotel in Leeds to help
between the three ships, won by
raise vital funds.
TS Royalist, as she now carries a
TS Diomede staff and cadets
large catapult especially designed
passed on their thanks to Largo
for the purpose.
for their efforts, and urged anyone
The two boat skippers, Lucy
else who would like to help the unit
Goss and Colin Ridley, made the
flourish to get in touch with CO
most of the benign conditions
CPO (SCC) Caroline Devonport
to give the cadets an intensive
at co@barnsleyseacadets.
week of training covering sail
co.uk, tel 01977 652880.
handling, boat steering, mooring,
navigation and pilotage, as well as
the essential housekeeping skills of
cooking and cleaning.
All of the cadets achieved
Support your
awards ranging from Offshore
Hand 2, Watch Leader and RYA
Sea Cadets
Competent Crew, and are keen to
go again next year.
● Kendal cadets on board TS
City Liveryman in the Solent Volunteer, donate or
even leave a legacy.
Luke backs CVQO appeal
● Cadets settle down in their accommodation on board HMS Cavalier
DANNII Minogue helped the Duke of than I have my entire life,” he said.
Westminster to launch a £2 million “Not only have I gained internationally-
A Cavalier approach to history
We need you:
fundraising appeal by the educational recognised qualifications, I have also
charity Cadet Vocational Qualification managed to stay on the right side of the
KENT cadets have been testing the The renovated compartments can be
get inspired at
Organisation at the Cavalry and Guards law thanks to Cadets and CVQO.”
accommodation on board wartime used for day visits or overnight stays.
Club in London. CVQO aims to extend the help it can
destroyer HMS Cavalier in Chatham In particular, the new facility presents
www.sea-cadets.org
Huyton with Roby cadet Luke give to young people to reach their
Historic Dockyard. an opportunity to further support the
or call us on
Finnigan rubbed shoulders with the likes full potential – there are believed to
Support from the Museums, Libraries Sea Cadets in their education and
of Lorraine Kelly and Joanna Lumley at be more than 2,000 eligible cadets
and Archives Council has allowed the training. 020 7654 7000.
the event as he explained to the media who want to earn extra qualifications
dockyard trust to adapt the aft end An evening reception was arranged by
how the Corps had helped him. but who are excluded through lack of of the old ship, including a specially- the trust, in partnership with the Kent A charity registered in England & Wales 313013
“I have achieved more in the past year funding. designed suite for wheelchair users and branch of the Marine Society and Sea
and in Scotland SC037808
those with mobility difficulties. Cadets, to promote the facility.
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