14 Cadets and 7 Staff went to SCTC Thrapston (Eastern Area Boating Station) for Easter weekend. Travelling down on Friday after meeting at the unit for the journey down to Northamptonshire by minibus. We arrived by 1800hrs and got busy sorting out wet weather clothing (best to be prepared for the best and worse that the British weather can throw at you!!) Buoyancy aids and accommodation. After a quick supper then it was soon time for bed and everyone was looking forward to getting onto the water, most for the 1st time, so it was very exciting.
Saturday morning breakfast and then time to be getting into boats for the day. LT Dawson took PO Kundi, PO Stansfield, OC's Auty and Weavil, and Cdts Morris and Mays to learn how to sail, with CPO Watson as the safety boat driver. WO1 Young took PO Powers, AC Hanson-Lunn, OC Watson and Cdt Armitage powerboat handling, SLt Sadler took PCI O'Melia, AC Townley, OC Young and Jnr's Joyce-Milner, Weavil, Stansfield and Hansom rowing. Lily and Charlie (the CO's and training officers doggies) took to swimming about near the pontoons and guarding the gate. So with the crews we got in/on our respective craft and took to the water. After a break for lunch we got back onto the water, glad for out waterproofs as it had started to drizzle a bit, but not to have our spirits dampened we carried on and continued to learn. It soon brightened up and everyone had good afternoon of training.
We then had a well received evening meal of "best cut of beef in a Mediterranean sun-kissed tomato sauce served with pasta, accompanied with fresh bread with garlic butter" and cake and custard for pudding. With everyone stuffed the galley party got on with washing up and then settled down to watch a bit of tele but well before lights out most of the cadets took to their beds and had a good nights sleep.
Sunday morning arrived and it was raining (again) but we got ourselves ready and had a few hours to practice the skills that had been learnt before an assessment to see what qualifications we would be able to take home with us...............
Sailing Qualifications - RYA Youth Sailing Scheme (YSS) Stage 1 OC's Auty and Weavil and Cdt's Mays and Morris and RYA Level 1 sailing PO Kundi and PO Stansfield
Rowing Qualifications Competent Crew - Jnr's Hansom, Stansfield, Joyce-Milner and Weavil and PO Powers and Supervised Coxswain PCI O'Melia, AC Townley and OC Young
Power Qualifications RYA Level 1 PO Powers, AC Hanson-Lunn, OC Watson and Cdt Armitage and RYA Level 2 Power (Planing endorsement) SLt Sadler
So a well worthwhile weekend with lots of badges and a great deal of enjoyment.