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DAfT Orkney 2011

DAfT Orkney 2011

16-18 Sep 2011

Just after lunch time Friday, 8 cadets and 4 staff set off for Orkney. After a brief stop at Wick to rearrange travel arrangements for the Moray Cadets whose bus had broken down, we arrived at Gills Bay ferry terminal and met up with the Thurso Cadets. We all boarded the ferry and arrived soon after in a very wet Orkney. We were welcomed by WO Dunnett and PO O'Hagan who delivered the safety brief. After sorting out accommodation and a light supper it was time for bed.

The Saturday morning wake up call was quite! early and after breakfast and colours, the cadets and instructors set off for a day of sailing, rowing and kayaking. Despite the wet weather, everyone seemed to have a successful day. After the evening meal it was chill out time for both cadets and staff.

Much of the same on Sunday although we were allowed an extra half hour in bed. After lunch it was time to clean up and have presentations. Many certificates were handed out by WO Dunnett to cadets who worked really hard to gain their qualifications, and a few to staff as well!

On the ferry crossing back to the mainland, the Captain invited us on the bridge. After saying our goodbyes to the other Units, we headed back to Inverness with a brief stop in Golspie (for chips).

It was a very successful and enjoyable weekend.

 
RAF Leuchars Air Show

RAF Leuchars Air Show

10-Sep-11

A few of us set off at 0420 and joined the bus from Wick, ATC and SCC already on board for a couple of hours. Why? To visit the RAF Leuchars Air Show in Fife. We arrived at 0800 and had time to wander round the stalls before finding a prime spot to watch the air displays.

Even in the sun it was not warm, even a bit damp, and then the rain started! A couple of flights were cancelled because of the weather, but everything that did fly was spectacular. The weather didn't dampen the enthusiasm (but soaked everything else!). The chips were really good too!

A(nother) bite to eat at Ballinluig on the way home, we were dropped off at 2100, and the hardy northerners continued on their way up the road.

Many thanks to them for accomodating us.

 
Loch Ness Adventure

Loch Ness Adventure

30-Jul-11
After Mustering at the unit yesterday, we experienced some epic scenery of the mountains and the loch itself on the drive down to start our Loch Ness adventure on the ‘MV Confidante’.

On arrival onboard the ship, a short brief from Captain Anderson and it was time for some traditional shipboard Friday food – fish and chips.
Then we settled in, made our OWN beds! (some of us did struggle . . . slightly) and managed to grab some shore leave on a beautiful summers evening. After that, we treated ourselves to sun-downers on the Bridge Deck (a coca-cola).

Following a sound (noisy!!) nights sleep it was an early start with call the hands at 0645hrs, needless to say some were happier than others . . . such is shipboard life! After cabin inspection at 0715Hrs it was time for some scran. Full fry up, cereal and yoghurts were on offer, what a way to start the day!

First job to get the day started was colours, hoisting the Merchant Navy Ensign at 0800Hrs. Straight after that, it was hands to stations as we prepared to let go and make our way down the Fort Augustus flight of 4 locks.
We were taught to prepare the forward mooring station, throwing the heaving line, and tying off the ropes.

Leaving the bottom lock we were now in Loch Ness and subjected to breath taking views which all onboard found awesome.
On Loch Ness the cadets got involved in the navigation and steering the vessel (some better than others). All of the cadets enjoyed their turn acting as the lookout, Quartermaster and Navigator.
Before long we were approaching Dochgarroch Lock where we again entered the Caledonian Canal. Again we were at stations while the Captain put us carefully alongside. On our way down the canal towards Inverness it was time for lunch . . . finally!

Tomato soup, hamburgers and spare ribs were on the menu this time. After some fine cuisine from the Chief Cook we started to a tidy up of cabins and packing our bags.

On arrival in Inverness we had a 2-hour wait for the Muirtown flight of locks and the cadets took this opportunity to relax before we were called to mooring stations and the last leg of our trip down the five locks and through the swing bridge to the Muirtown Basin, and arrival at Inverness. The ship was bunkering there, and we took our leave.

Many thanks to Captain Anderson and his crew once again for a fantastic trip, experiencing life under the Red Duster.

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Inverness Armed Forces Parade

Inverness Armed Forces Parade

25-Jul-11 Inverness Courier online

CROWDS lined the streets of the city centre to support 800 servicemen and women from throughout Scotland taking part in the annual Armed Forces Day Parade.

The parade, which included army veterans, Navy personnel, the Territorial Army and cadets from the Navy and RAF, marched through the city to the start of this year’s Inverness Highland Games at Northern Meeting Park.

Airmen from RAF Kinloss also joined the march, one of their last parades before the base closes.

Organised by the Royal British Legion Inverness Branch, it was led by First Mine Counter Measures Squadron, based in Faslane, under the command of commander David Bence, the former commanding officer of HMS Inverness and featured six pipe and drum bands.

Passing the Inverness Town House and going across the River Ness, the parade finally reached Northern Meeting Park, to rapturous applause on Saturday.

www.inverness-courier.co.uk

* See The Inverness Courier tomorrow for photo spread.

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Tall Ships Festival at Ullapool

Tall Ships Festival at Ullapool

16-Jul-11

Cadets from Inverness and Moray Units headed to Ullapool to visit the Tall Ships Festival 2011. The day began with an excursion round the anchorage and harbour on CI Coe’s yacht to get the best possible view of the tall ships. Once we had taken in the stunning views and got plenty of photographs of the tall ships , we headed back to land for a spot of lunch.

While eating our sandwiches, the cadets were invited to participate in the skiff race (rowing) against some teams from the tall ship crews, and locals. We got off to a good start and were winning until an unfortunate incident(!) resulted in the cadets losing our rythm and missing out on 1st place.

While recovering from the race, we watched a lifeboat and helicopter rescue display. Finally to wrap up the day, we explored the festival and headed to the pier to view the top decks of the ship before seeing off Christian Radich, the Norwegian full rigged tall ship.

A great day was had by all even if we were slightly wet by the end!

 
Inverness Celebrate as TS Jack Petchey Returns

Inverness Celebrate as TS Jack Petchey Returns

14-Jul-11

The training ship Jack Petchey arrived in Inverness from Arbroath to a warm welcome. She has a crew of 12 cadets each week, and 6 adults, as she cruises around the UK.

To celebrate the return of the ship, the Inverness Sea Cadets hosted a Party on the Pier with friends and supporters enjoying hot dogs and light refreshments, followed by tours of the ship conducted by the young crew, this week from Musselburgh, Aberdeen and Perth Sea Cadet Units.

In conclusion, the President of Inverness Sea Cadets, Admiral of the Moray Firth, Provost Jimmy Gray, presented Inverness Sea Cadets with their 3rd consecutive Burgee. A Burgee is awarded to the top 25% of Units nationally that achieve the highest standards of training and achievement for their cadets. He said that to be awarded a Burgee is a great achievement but to achieve this for three consecutive years is exceptional. Cadet MacLeod accepted the award on behalf of the Unit.

 
District Camp at HMS Raleigh

District Camp at HMS Raleigh

3-8 July 2011

Cadets from Moray, Inverness and Campbeltown made the long trek to HMS Raleigh in Cornwall for a weeks excitement at the Royal Navy induction training centre.

Activities included harbour training aboard the mv Padstow; training in lifesaving equipment, fire fighting and damage control; the assault course; swimming and physical training; and of course drill! See the photos in the Events Gallery.

It was a fantastic, exhausting, week, renewing friendships as well as making new ones, and bonding as a team.

 
Armed Forces Day Edinburgh 2011

Armed Forces Day Edinburgh 2011

25 June 2011
Leading Cadet Gladstone, our Standard Bearer, travelled to Edinburgh with the Standard Bearers from Inverness Branch of RBLS to take part in the parade from Edinburgh Castle to Holyrood Park and the drumhead service, as well as giving displays of their skills in Holyrood Park.

The RBLS have trained our standard bearers for more than a few years, and we are very grateful to the them for all the hours and efforts involved.

The Inverness Armed Forces Day Parade is on 23rd July 2011.

 
Royal family lead tributes in Edinburgh to salute Britains armed forces

Royal family lead tributes in Edinburgh to salute Britains armed forces

Jun 26 2011 Stephen Stewart, Sunday Mail

A CROWD of 100,000 joined Prince Charles in Edinburgh yesterday to pay tribute to the nations soldiers, sailors and fliers.

The RAFs Red Arrows staged a spectacular display over the Firth of Forth on Friday night as the capital became the official host city of the third Armed Forces Day.

Charles and wife Camilla watched the main parade of 2500 military personnel, veterans and cadets making their way from the castle esplanade to Holyrood Park.

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Sunday Mail - the full story

 
Night at the Museum

Night at the Museum

14-May-2011

PO Macleod accompanied the Junior Cadets to a Night at The Museum on a fantastic trip to Elgin museum with Moray Sea Cadets.

The day began with the juniors taking the train to Elgin where they were met by the Elgin sea cadets who took them to the museum, while at the museum the juniors looked at displays on astronomy, the roman era, the Red Indian times and reptiles. Although the juniors enjoyed the tour as a whole the reptile section seemed to be the most popular, especially getting to hold snakes! Some of the reptiles included various lizards, snakes such as royal pythons and tangerine milk snakes. After the tour of the museum the juniors watched Night at The Museum Two to keep the museum theme going before heading back to the train station. The juniors thoroughly enjoyed the trip and were worn out on the journey home.

 
2011 Inverness DAfT weekend

2011 Inverness DAfT weekend

29th Apr – 2nd May 2011
Forty one cadets and 19 staff from Orkney, Thurso, Wick, Moray, Inverness and Lochaber Units of Highland District, and an instructor from Helensburgh Unit, gathered in Inverness on the Friday night for our DAfT (District AFloat Training) weekend. There were courses in four disciplines on offer - power boating, sailing, rowing, and paddlesports.

After breakfast and Colours on Saturday morning, we headed to the Muirtown Basin on the Caledonian Canal and Loch Dochfour for the practical elements of our courses.
Following the evening meal, we all went back to the Muirtown Basin and had a District Pulling, sorry, Rowing Regatta.

At Colours on Sunday, Chief McNeill (Wick) was presented with his Cadet Forces Medal for 12 years dedication to the Corps, Orkney Unit were presented with the Grigor Cup for the best Unit in the District 2010 (based on UR scores, beating Inverness by 0.1 points!!), and Thurso took the trophy for winning the District Rowing competition (again!). Then it was back on the water for more course work and assessments. Today the powerboaters locked out of the canal and completed their exercises on salty water.
Sunday night after a barbeque, we all went to Bught Park and played cricket, just for a change.

Monday we tidied up, moved some boats around, awarded the massive 69 boating qualifications achieved, including a Sea Cadet Coxswains Badge (the only one in the District currently) to AC Raffle from Thurso, before dispersing after a very satisfying weekend.

Many thanks to the all the staff who make it happen, even those that didnt always feel needed were essential to the smooth operation.

Another amazing and very satisfying result!
Well done everyone!

 
mv Confidante

mv Confidante

16-Apr-11
Captain Anderson of the survey ship mv Confidante invited some cadets to assist them through the Caledonian Canal.

The day started early (very early after last night - see below) with locking up the Muirtown flight of locks, lots of practical ropework. Having proved their worth, the cadets then assisted steer and navigate the ship on Loch Ness, and finally up the locks at Fort Augustus, stopping only briefly to pose for the tourists, to find our minibus waiting to bring them home.

A massive thank you to Capatin Anderson and his crew for their hospitality, and to the POs that made it possible.

 
Jacobite Trail 2011

Jacobite Trail 2011

15-Apr-11
Captain Rose of 7 Scots, C Coy 2IC, organised Exercise Jacobite Trail 2011 to retrace one of the possible routes taken by the Jacobite Forces on the eve of The Battle of Culloden in 1746 when they marched towards Nairn "off the main roads" in an unsuccessful bid to surprise the Government Army. This happened on the night of 15/16 April 11 to coincide with the 265th Anniversary of the last battle fought on British soil.

The full exercise was a night march for adult reservists in the Northern Highland RFCA Area starting at Culloden House, now a Hotel, finishing at Culloden Battlefield around first light on 16th April. Teams from Inverness Sea Cadets, Inverness & Moray ACF, and Inverness ATC took part in the first part which followed a forest footpath between Balloch and Loch Flemington, about 7 miles away, with "Battlescar", a 1745 Rebellion re-enactment company, supporting rest stops about every mile.

One of the (if not the?) best of these breaks was a demonstration feeding stand with hot soup and oatcakes (but Sir is always hungry, and all he did was drive the minibus!)
And it good to report that the weather was better than it was 165 years ago, no rain this time, and there were no lasting aches and pains that a good sleep didnt fix!

 
UMC Buffet

UMC Buffet

29 Mar 2011
The Unit Management Committee held their annual buffet for our supporters and friends. This event is an important night for the Inverness Unit, raising money that will enable the cadets to participate in even more events and courses.

There was a full turn out of Cadets and Junior Cadets, all very smart and seaman like. Nearly 100 guests attended the buffet and several participated in a knot race having been taught some basic knots by the cadets. The cadet that accumulated the most points from his or her students, and winning free nutty for all of April, was OC Crichton.

The VIP for the evening was Admiral of the Moray Firth, our President, Provost Jimmy Gray. He was piped aboard and greeted by a general salute from the Guard of Honour.

To conclude the evening, following the Sunset ceremony, he presented the annual awards for 2010.
The Burma Star Trophy for Best Cadet was awarded to Ordinary Cadet Shultz and Best Junior Cadet to JC Williams.

The Best Cadet trophy was awarded to Ordinary Cadet Shultz and Best Junior Cadet to JC Williams. The Maclennan trophy for the Most Improved Cadet, in memory of the late Lt (SCC) Rod Maclennan RNR who served the Unit for many years, was presented by his daughter Roz Maclennan to Ordinary Cadet Hall.

The evening raised a fantastic £1500, and even better, was enjoyed by all.

 
HMS Sutherland visit

HMS Sutherland visit

26 Mar 2011
All Inverness Sea Cadets attended a visit to HMS Sutherland berthed at Invergordon and received a tour of the ship by the ships company. We had immense fun getting to see all over the ship and getting to dress up in the ships fire fighting equipment.

 
Cadet Ski Week 2, 2011

Cadet Ski Week 2, 2011

20-25 March 2011
OC Hall and Cdts MacLeod and Scott enjoyed learning to ski at the Lecht and Cairngorm ski resorts. Based in Newtonmore, the course was attended by both cadets and staff from across the Northern Area. This wasnt just for experienced skiers, but an opportunity for beginners to get a taste of skiing. Everyone who attended had great fun and went away with some new skills and a hobby.

Whilst the skiers were out in the snow and trying not to fall over, on Tuesday 22nd, the remainder of TS Briton were in their best uniform enjoying the Royal Marines Band Concert at Eden Court Theatre, supporting the Seafarers UK charity. Many compliments about the smart turnout and politeness were received from both the organiser, Captain Nick Davies, and from the public.

 
Highland District Cadet Training at Moray

Highland District Cadet Training at Moray

21-23 January 2011.
Thirty-three Cadets and nine Juniors came together at Moray Sea Cadet Unit.

The Cadets acheived 46 qualifications, including some Swimming Tests at the pool on Saturday.

While the Juniors did what they do best - have fun, The rest of us worked really hard at Chartwork, Piping, and Seamanship.

 
Rollerbowl 2010

Rollerbowl 2010

16-Dec-10

It was to be a game of two halves, and with 3 full lanes, the competition was tough. Standing out in their class in their first bowl were Ross and Anthony with a spare, while nothing very obvious happened amongst the staff, other than PO Stewart missing completely.

In the Juniors, Samuel started off badly, by missing everything having been denied the bumper rails, fighting his way up to win game 1 with the help of 3 spares. This knocked Ross into 2nd place, while Cameron took 3rd.
Meanwhile in the Cadets, John took the lead with his second bowl, and Anthony slipped all the way back to 4th until he found his stride again and regained the lead at the 3rd, and stayed there to win, Scott showed great flair throughout but only delivered 2nd, while John sauntered into 3rd place.

The second half started with PO Stewart taking a double strike to be followed by another at the end, and a single strike thrown in between for good measure, giving him the high score for the night, but as staff, it doesnt count!
Phillip and Cameron improved their game on the second outing while Ross and Samuel suffered from exhaustion after the first half, but on his first contest away from the rails, it was Samuel that finished overall Top Junior Boy, with Ross Runner-up, and Cameron in Third. Top Junior Girl from the start was Lorin, no contest!
In the Cadets, everyone picked up the pace in the second round, but Scott shot ahead to take the top score of the night (seeing as PO Stewart doesnt count!), with John and Anthony not far behind. At the rear of the pack, it was very closely fought and while Daniel almost doubled his first score, Nathan and Blane made big improvements leaving Ryan and Lewis fighting for survival. In the end though, it was Anthony that took the honnors, with Scott Runner up, and John in Third. Again, the Top Girl Cadet was a clear victory, this time for Rhiannon.

PO Lindsay will be chuft that having been second in both games, he came out on top, knocking PO Stewart to take Runner up and Mr Balfour Third. Sir was very nearly mentioned!

 
Karen Darke

Karen Darke

7th Dec 2010.
We had a visit from Karen Darke, who at the age of 21 became paralysed from the chest down as the result of a cliff fall.

Karen told of her determination to challenge physical and mental barriers, competing in marathons, triathlons, kayaking, sit-skiing and hand-cycling.

Her trips have included a crossing of the Tien Shan and Karakoram mountains on a hand bike raising £12,000 for charity, hand-cycling in Japan and kayaking the Canada - Alaska coastline.

Karens recent adventure was a 600km crossing of the Greenland ice cap, a journey which took one month and would be challenging enough for an able-bodied person.

Karen is now training to take part in the 2012 Paralympics. We wish her well and hope she can come back and tell us about it some day.

We all learned something from this remarakable young woman - no matter what obstacles are in your way, live life to the full.

http://www.karendarke.com/bio

 
HMS Ramsey

HMS Ramsey

13 Nov 2010
HMS Ramsey visited Inverness this week, and our Unit and Moray Unit were invited to visit.
The ships company were brilliant showing us all over the ship and answering all our questions, well most of them anyway! We were allowed to stay almost double the time we were invited for, it was great.

 
Tattoo Donation

Tattoo Donation

2-Nov-10
Colonel Roddy Wood, Chairman, and Captain John Harrison, Announcer, visited the Unit to present a cheque from the Inverness Tattoo Committee. Col Wood spoke of how well this year had been received, and the monies raised (which is all shared between the local SCC, ACF and ATC) was on a par with previous years despite increasing costs.

August 8th - 13th 2011 will be the 60th Inverness Tattoo, and we must all put in that bit extra to make this a grand affair.

The Tattoo is our biggest fundraiser of the year, and covers almost half of our running costs.

 
Moray gets Physical

Moray gets Physical

4-Nov-2010
Some of the younger, fitter, Cadets and all the Juniors joined the Moray Cadets for an evening of physical entertainment, where they were put through their paces by an ex-Royal Marine PTI.

First was a warm up routine, and then a series of exercises which the Cadets put a lot of effort into. They were watched and cheered on by the staff, with the exception of PCI Young who was brave enough to take part.

After some gentle warm down exercise and nutty from the tuck shop we were ready to head home with very tired Cadets. (Seeing them trying to get off the bus was the best entertainment of the night! - CO)
A very enjoyable evening, and thank you to the Moray Unit for inviting us.

 
Area Swimming Gala 2010

Area Swimming Gala 2010

17-Oct-2010
Great result for Highland District at the swimming gala, 24 medals from 18 events, 2 gold, 11 silver and 5 bronze.
Massive well done to all that took part.

From Inverness 4 swimmers were in the water a total of 13 times, and all went home with medals - 6 silver individual medals, plus a bronze and a silver from the team races.

 
Special visit to Inverness for TS JACK PETCHEY

Special visit to Inverness for TS JACK PETCHEY

25-Aug-2010
TS JACK PETCHEY, the new Sea Cadet power vessel made its first visit to Scotland on 12 August welcomed by Inverness Sea Cadets and the Provost of Inverness as it berthed in the Muirtown Basin. 80 well-wishers and friends celebrated the arrival with a fund-raising barbecue!

The £2.6million power vessel is the sixth vessel in the Sea Cadet fleet and was named in honour of Jack Petchey OBE, whose foundation provided the lions share of the funding.

Tim Honnor, Unit Chairman, said "Inverness is proud of their Sea Cadets and the high standards they show to their City and we were thrilled to welcome the TS JACK Petchey, she is a great asset."

 
Galley Rats at Moray

Galley Rats at Moray

6-8 Aug 2010
Moray Unit ran a Cook/Steward Class 3 course and invited some of our cadets to join the fun.

 
Inverness Tattoo

Inverness Tattoo

26-31 Jul 2010

The 59th Inverness Tattoo was as spectacular as usual. The week opened with a Tornado flypast. The Imps from London were back with their motorbikes, lots of Pipes & Drums, Dancing and other diplays. Our involvement was in the Guard of Honour saluting the various VIPs to start the show each night, the obstacle course competition against the Army Cadets and the Air Cadets, the Drill Display Team, and the Final Parade.

On Saturday night, the Juniors and Moray Sea Cadets joined us for the march through town, and the evening concluded with a fireworks display.

 
Giant Sleepover 2010

Giant Sleepover 2010

19th & 20th June 2010.

We have had a fantastic Junior Sea Cadet Giant Sleepover weekend, the best yet.

We met up with Moray Junior Sea Cadets and went swimming in Keith, visited the Buckie Lifeboat 150th Anniversary Gala where we saw round their lifeboat and the Coastguard tied some cadets up, had chips on Cullen links where a wave soaked one lad throwing a stone into the water, played cricket at Duff House park, and learned about lighthouses, morse and flags before sleeping over at the Scottish Lighthouse Museum.

That was only Saturday! Sunday we visited the Macduff Marine Aquarium, the Macduff Lifeboat Station (which is home to the only lifeboat that lives on the back of a lorry, to be launched anywhere), and back to Duff House park for another game of cricket (without the adults cheating this time!).

 
DAfT weekend Inverness 2010

DAfT weekend Inverness 2010

30th Apr - 3rd May 2010
Cadets and staff from all eight Units of Highland District gathered at our Unit on the Friday night for our DAfT (District AFloat Training) weekend. This was the first time all the Units had been together, from as far afield as Orkney, Elgin and Campbeltown and all points in between. This came to over 11,300 miles of travelling!!

Friday night we had classes to prepare us for the courses we would be qualifying in over the weekend. There were a great variety of courses on offer - power boating, sailing, pulling, kayaking and Canadian canoeing.

Lights out was at 2300 but some naughty cadets capered till the early hours, and nearly got sent home!!

Saturday morning we were up bright and early for breakfast, Colours, then headed to the Muirtown Basin and Dochgarroch on the Caledonian Canal to start work on the practical element of our courses.

After the evening meal (which we were very glad of to warm us up after the tiring boating), we all went back to the Muirtown Basin and had a District Pulling Regatta. The winners were Thurso, with Campbeltown very close behind them.

As the Staff team was being knocked out, someone mentioned that it was amazing, considering they are the professionals!

Lights out was at 2300 again, but nobody made a noise this time, apart from the snoring.

Sunday it was back on the water for more course work and assessments. There was not so much wind for the sailors, and skill was needed to keep the boats moving. (CI Buckley under full sail was overtaken by a Junior reefed down, both in Toppers! What was that about?)

Sunday night the boys played football while the girls did girly things, and generally chilled out after our days of working hard.

Monday we tidied up, had the awards awarded, and moved some boats around, before dispersing after a very satisfying weekend. Many thanks to the staff who make it possible.

52 Qualifications were awarded – unfortunately there were no camping awards this year because it was too cold - new snow on the hills on Sunday! Still an amazing and very satisfying result!
Well done everyone!

 
Visit to Inverness Coastguard

Visit to Inverness Coastguard

13-Apr-10
We (the cadets and staff) visited the Coastguard at their base on the harbour. They showed us their gear, demonstrated how to use it and then we had a go.

Here we are throwing a throw bag into the air aiming for a pail while other cadets inspected the Coastguards vehicle.

The Coastguard grabbed a small cadet and we trussed him up to a stretcher, much to our delight.

Here is a cadet is ready for his helicopter ride home!

It was a very informative evening and we really enjoyed it. Many thanks to the Coastguards for allowing us visit and to our staff for taking us.

 
Royal Naval Parade 2010

Royal Naval Parade 2010

9th February 2010.
Our RNP (Royal Navy Parade) started with the Colours Ceremony. Cadets enact all the parts exactly as sailors do on ship, with Commander Redstone as our Inspecting Officer. The Colours are raised and we had prayers. Commander Redstone then asked our VIP, Admiral of the Moray Firth, Provost Jimmy Gray, to present our Burgee for 2009 to Cadet Scott in recognition of being one of the best Units in the UK. He then inspected every cadet on parade and invited mum’s and grannies to come onto the Main Deck to take photos of their little darlings, much to our disgust!

Next was the major evolution in which we showed everyone how to go boating, named the parts of a boat and the safety equipment required. We had to work hard to learn what we had to do to get it right on the night. All the cadets were involved even if just carrying on a piece of equipment to display it. We enjoyed it and so did the audience.

Then we had our minor evolution which had 2 teams of cadets and one team of juniors. We had to take turns to grab one item of clothing out of a box which contained gloves, oilskins, a hat and white deck shoes. Each team had to dress a cadet, who was not allowed to move but we could order them, for example, raise your right arm or lift your left leg. Strangely enough the juniors had the smallest one to dress whilst the two teams of cadets had the tallest and even more strangely the juniors clothes fitted and the cadet’s clothes didnt!!!!!

Some how the juniors won! Was it a fix?????

We finished with Evening Colours, which was carried out by the Junior Section. Again they enacted the roles as the Navy does and were nearly as good as us Cadets. (Nearly? – CO)

We finished with a bun fight (refreshments) prepared by our committee – thanks, we enjoyed them. We also thank Mrs Macintosh for baking a special Sea Cadet Cake for us which attracted a lot of attention and was delicious. Thanks for this.

It was a very successful evening and we enjoyed it, and we hope all our guests did too!
 

 
Highland District 5-A-Side Football Team 2010

Highland District 5-A-Side Football Team 2010

17th January 2010

Match Report

This year we had two teams represent Highland District, Junior Boys and Senior Boys, made up with cadets from Orkney, Wick, Moray, Inverness and Campbeltown.
Play started promptly and was fast and furious from the start. Our first game was for Junior Boys team against Fife & Tayside with us winning 2-1. The pattern was set and their other league games saw us beat Tyne South (4-0), Edinburgh (4-0 again) and a draw with Clyde South (3-3).

The good fortunes of the Junior Boys were unfortunately not quite repeated by our Senior Boys team. Once more play was fast and competitive from the start, but they were eclipsed in all three matches by the very high standard from the other teams.

Through to the semi-finals, our Junior Boys proved strong again and we beat Clyde North 3-2. That put us in the final against the only team to beat us on the day, Northumberland (1-3) who took home Gold medals and the cup. We are delighted with Silver medals though, and that the Man of the Match trophy between all 8 District teams in the Junior Boys went to AC Christie from Moray Unit.

In the end, the Senior Boys team cheerfully enjoyed the day and shared the Highland glory.

Team managers this year were PO Ross & S/Lt Hay, with CI McCauley timekeeping.

 
Moray Sea Cadets Party

Moray Sea Cadets Party

11 Dec 09
We travelled to the RNA Building in Lossiemouth in our minibus to attend the Moray Sea Cadets Party. We think we were very beneficial to the Moray Units entertainment as we were the only ones to interact with the karaoke singing. All too soon we had to leave as we had to be back at the Unit for 11pm.
Thanks to Moray Sea Cadets for inviting us and to our staff and parents for driving and escorting us there and back. Good team work and please keep it up as we really enjoyed ourselves.

 
Inter-Cadet 5 A Side

Inter-Cadet 5 A Side

6-Dec-09
PO Lindsay organised an Inter-Cadet 5 a side football tournament for all cadets from Inverness to Elgin, played at Charleston Academy Community Complex.
There were two ATC teams from Elgin and three Sea Cadet teams - two from Inverness and one from Moray.

Kick off was noon. Inverness team A got off to a bad start but still managed to get to the semi-finals and Inverness B team got beat in every game they played.

Moray Sea Cadets came in first and the ATC teams came in second and third. Overall we had very competitive games and good fun and would like to repeat it next year.

Thanks to all cadets that came and the staff for organising the 5 a-side football.

 
Highland District Weekend @ Moray Unit

Highland District Weekend @ Moray Unit

20-22 Nov 09
Twenty-two cadets attended the Moray District Weekend in Elgin. Seven Inverness cadets attended. There were lots of courses, such as Seamanship 2nd and 3rd class, Chartwork, Marine Engineering and Piping Proficiency and there were over thirty qualifications achieved. We appreciated the five minute breaks every half an hour. It helps us to remember the information. Some went swimming on Saturday evening and some of them got qualifications. The food was fantastic and there was lots of it, Sir got very exited because there was apple pie and ice cream, AND SECONDS. The fried breakfast was the best. We give this weekend five out of five stars. We enjoyed it so much we would all like to go again SOON!

 
Remembrance Weekend 2009

Remembrance Weekend 2009

On Saturday morning we met at the Careers Office where we were given our collecting cans and poppies then went out on the streets to collect money for the Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal. It is a very important collection but standing on the streets you get very cold and we were delighted to be treated to a MacDonald’s lunch paid by the Unit Comittee (thanks sirs!). Some of us continued the street collection while other cadets went to Tomnahurich Cemetery where they laid crosses on war veterans’ graves followed by a brief Remembrance Service in the cemetery. Senior cadets then attended a church practice for Sunday.

We attended the Methodist Church on Sunday where our
Padre conducted the service. He spoke of wars past and present and of the many sacrifices by naval personnel. The church ladies fed us soup and sandwiches after the service which was much appreciated as we had the afternoon parade to attend. We assembled with the veterans, members of the Royal British Legion, members of the Armed Forces, cadet units, Sea Scouts and schools, and two Pipe Bands marched us to the Cavell Gardens behind the Colour Party where we met representatives of the council and clergy. Then a short Remembrance Service was held. After that we marched back again, and had a salute passing the church. We feel that this is an important ceremony recognising the sacrifice of so many.

 
Launching HMS Defender

Launching HMS Defender

21 Oct 09 (Trafalgar Day)
One of the highlights for our Unit this year was travelling to Glasgow to see HMS Defender, a type 45 Daring class Destroyer being launched. It was an amazing experience to see a ship so large being launched and it was a great honour for us to be there. The journey and ship launch took us 12 hours but it was well worth it. We are very grateful for our staff who took us.

 
Nessie Hunt 2009

Nessie Hunt 2009

October 2009
We travelled in our Minibus to Laggan (near Fort William) for a Nessie Hunt. We had four Cabin Cruisers for the voyage. We all had our photo taken standing on the bows of the boats at Loch Oich . We sailed on Loch Lochy, Loch Oich and Loch Ness, and went through a total of nine locks and three swing bridges in convoy! The first time many of us have done this. Although we did not find Nessie we had a lot of fun. We hope to have another Nessie Hunt soon.

 
Area Swimming Gala 2009

Area Swimming Gala 2009

4th Oct 2009
We went to HMS Caledonia, Rosyth for our Area Swimming Gala. We competed in lots of races, such as Breast Stroke, Front Crawl, Back Stroke and Butterfly. Highland District competed very successfully and we came back with 9 medals including 2 Gold, 4 Silver and 3 Bronze. We are very proud of our cadets efforts.

 
Kirking of the Council

Kirking of the Council

13 Sept 09
We assembled in the town centre at 10:30 with other youth organisations. The parade formed up and the Parade Commander inspected us. At 10:45 we marched off and passed the town hall where the provost took the salute. We then marched to the Old High Church for the service, but because Church Street was closed we had to go a long way round. After the service, we marched back to the Town House for a bun fight. In the afternoon we enjoyed our usual boating session.

 
Full Bore Shooting Course

Full Bore Shooting Course

6-11 September 2009
Two Senior cadets travelled from Inverness to Rosyth for a week long Full Bore Shooting Course. We stayed in HMS Caledonia where met 30 Canadian Cadets who were touring Scotland for a fortnight. We swopped cap tallies and epaulettes with them (staff are not allowed to read this)!
A dozen cadets from all over Britain were on our course. We started with 2 days dry weapon training to prepare us for live target firing. We did 3 types of firing - rapid, single and grouping. As an inexperienced firer we preferred single firing as it gave us time to practice and improve our groupings. By the end of the week we felt much more confident with handling weapons and we all achieved our Full Bore Basic Shooting qualifications and received our badges.
I am disappointed that I cannot wear my shooting badge, because I already have a higher one on my uniform.
It was a tiring week because of the intensive training (and doing lots of hard deals with the Canadians in the evenings? - CO) but enjoyable and worthwhile as we gained experience and qualifications.

 
DAfT Weekend @ Orkney 2009

DAfT Weekend @ Orkney 2009

4-6 Sep 2009
The District AFloat Training (DAfT) weekend in Orkney was excellent. To get us in the mood we travelled to Orkney on the new catamaran ferry from Gills Bay to St Margarets Hope.
During the day there were lots of activities including power boating, paddle sports, sailing and pulling (rowing). Orkney is a fantastic place and the seas are very challenging and great experience.
In the evening we saw people para-surfing – that was great. We played football in the pitch dark which was an interesting experience and great fun as we could not see the ball! We also had a first aid session and played games such as tig.
The food was good and we enjoyed ourselves. It was nice to meet and work with other cadets. We hope to be able to go again and would like to say thank to all cadets and staff who made this possible.

 
Inverness Tattoo 2009

Inverness Tattoo 2009

28th July – 2nd August 2009
This year, our Unit TS Briton took part in the Inverness Tattoo, as we have for 58 years. This is a major source of funding for all the Inverness Cadet Units. The Tattoo takes a year of planning, at least four days to set the scenery and then a week of attendance. Some cadets managed to attend all six night’s performances – an excellent effort! The visiting dignitaries representing the three Armed Forces came to greet and meet the cadets every night before the full performance began. We all think The Imps on their motorcycles were the best act. On Saturday night a huge crowd gathered in Eastgate to watch the cadet units and Pipe bands assemble and march through the town to the Northern Meeting Park.

 
Ellen Macarthur Presentation

Ellen Macarthur Presentation

10 July 2009
We went to the Caledonian Thistle Stadium to meet Dame Ellen MacArthur and see her presentation about her solo voyage around the world. She explained that she had started sailing with her nan, progressed to buying her own boat and later successfully sailed solo around the world. Dame Ellen then went on to raise funds to ensure more young people in the future have the opportunity to experience the challenge of sailing and regain their confidence as they recover from cancer and leukemia. We found her talk very informative, amusing and interesting. It was a very enjoyable evening.

 
The Queen visits Culloden

The Queen visits Culloden

29 Jun 09
A few of us, Sea, Army and Air Cadets, were invited to the to the Queen’s reception when she opened the new Culloden Battle Field Experience Centre.
The Queen accompanied by the Duke of Edinburgh spoke to all the cadets who were there. She seemed very interested about what we are do in the cadets.

The Duke of Edinburgh asked if we were doing his Award Scheme and was pleased that we said yes. Then they went for lunch and opened the centre. Many of the guests came over to speak to us and ask us about cadets. It was an interesting experience and for many of us the first time we had met or spoken to royalty.

 
Giant Sleepover 2009

Giant Sleepover 2009

21 June 2009
30,000 take part in worlds largest simultaneous sleepover.

Over 22,000 children and 8,000 adults took part in a Giant Sleepover last night, with simultaneous events taking place across 890 locations in the UK and abroad.

Highland District Junior Sea Cadets from Inverness, Moray, Orkney and Thurso Units took part in a Sleepover at Inverness Unit, which coincided with the Crossing, a part of the Homecoming 2009 celebrations.

Sunday morning we had to brush our teeth together, attempting to break another record, before going back to the boats for the rest of the day. While there, we also completed 18 qualifications for the cadets.

The Giant Sleepover has grown to a Guinness World Record of 35,000 participants in 2008.

 
Inverness Sea Cadets Show the British Bulldog Spirit

Inverness Sea Cadets Show the British Bulldog Spirit

18 June 2009.
The recent visit of the Sail Training Ship ROYALIST to Inverness was a great opportunity for the Inverness Sea Cadets to show off the Square Rigger to their sponsors and well-wishers. Amid some driving rain squalls and chilly winds about sixty persons mustered by the ship, berthed at the Muirtown Basin, enjoying refreshments and chips to help keep out the cold.

Tim Honnor, Chairman of the Inverness Sea Cadet Unit, said that it was quite clear that the British Bulldog Spirit was within the assembled company who thoroughly enjoyed the reception, and the tour of the ship - even if for some it was a chance to get shelter from the rain! With representatives from the Highland Council and many of the maritime organisations of the city it was also a chance to meet the young crew of boys and girls who had had their first baptism to life at sea in a sailing ship.

 
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With head winds and rough seas all the way from Dundee, making port at Inverness had been a great challenge, but one which they were very proud to have achieved. This was most obvious from the way they showed the guests round “their” ship, answered all the questions, and showed the ropes, sails and rigging that they had had to handle in such difficult conditions. As one cadet so proudly said: “A week ago I would not have thought I could do it”.

Whilst the reception was in progress the Inverness Sea Cadets were enjoying boatwork within the basin. They joined the guests on completion of their training for some chips and to hand out literature about the Sea Cadet Corps, and to join in the group photograph. Some money was made for the Inverness Unit, who as a youth training organisation is a Scottish Charity, unfunded from public funds. And a good time was had by all!

 
Army Careers Event 2009

Army Careers Event 2009

8 Jun 09
The annual Army Careers Event was held at Cameron Barracks. There were lots of things to do and see, such as, a dog tag engraving machine where you filled in a questionnaire and then you were presented with your personalised dog tag - it was cool. There was an inflatable obstacle course which had ramps with ropes and bouncy bollards which we all successfully completed. That was great fun. There were free pancakes made by the army chefs demonstrating how to cook in the field and some cadets were lucky enough to get one. Laser tag was brilliant and very popular and most cadets had a go. There was an Army helicopter and we were able to sit in it and see the controls which was very interesting. There were tanks you could climb into, we were amazed how cramped it was and we don’t envy the guys who use these in hot places like Afghanistan. There were information stalls about the Army and Navy (Army boats!) who we were especially pleased to see to give us some moral support as we were seriously outnumbered. The climbing wall was steep but great fun and hard work to climb to the top – you had a real feeling of achievement. All in all it was a great night out and we look forward to going again next year. Thanks to those who provide it and our staff who take us.

 
British Divers Marine Life Rescue

British Divers Marine Life Rescue

18-Apr-09
A whale and dolphin stranded on the beach?

Don’t worry, these were two of the inflatables (filled with water) used for training during the Marine Mammal Medic Course run by the British Divers Marine Life Rescue (BDMLR) at our Unit.

Since 1988, BDMLR have been involved in the rescue of marine wildlife after every major marine disaster, including the Braer shipwreck in Shetland.

This year BDMLR celebrates its 21st Birthday and 3,000th call-out. BDMLR has responded to over 2460 seal call-outs and over 540 cetacean (whales, dolphins and porpoises) call-outs as well as 8 sharks, 14 turtles and 35 call-outs involving seabirds.

This is an amazing response for a small charity which trains volunteer Marine Mammal Medics.

 
Highland District 5-A-Side Football Team 2009

Highland District 5-A-Side Football Team 2009

Match Report by PO Ross & S/Lt Hay
25th January 2009

Play started 40 minutes late, and it was 1100 before we had our first game in Boys Junior League 1 (of 2), beating Fife & Tayside 2-1. An hour later, Tyne South just beat us 1-0, but after another hour, Edinburgh won 5-2. Just over an hour later, we were in the lead 2-0 against Clyde South, eventually losing 4-3.

After the playoffs, Clyde South took Bronze, Northumberland took Silver and Grampian were the trophy winners with Gold.

Other results:

Boys Seniors: Bronze Fife & Tayside; Silver Grampian; Gold Northumberland.

Girls Juniors: Bronze Teesside; Silver Fife & Tayside; Gold Grampian

Girls Seniors: Bronze Teesside; Silver Tyne South; Gold Clyde South


Highland came away with 4 District points, and Tyne South were winners of the overall points trophy, having lots of teams entered! Player of the day was from Grampian.

To round the presentations off, Lt.Cdr. Ian Wilson was introduced to the Canada Trophy awarded to the best unit in the UK, in advance of formal presentation by the Second Sea Lord.

 
Highland District Regatta 2007 - Inverness

Highland District Regatta 2007 - Inverness

Twenty-seven cadets and twelve staff from all five units of Highland District attended a Powerboating and Canoe training weekend at Inverness Unit.

We had 5 power boats; we had borrowed 3 of the sea scouts and the other 2 were our own. The power boaters were at Dochgarroch and Loch Dochfour, and the kayakers were at the Muirtown Basin on the local canal. Everybody had a great time as it was a fabulous weekend (and the weather was not so bad!).

The final score was 2 RYA Power Level 2, 11 RYA Power Level 1, and 9 BCU Level 1 certificates - 22 of the 25 candidates passing their course.

 
Highland District Regatta 2007, at Orkney

Highland District Regatta 2007, at Orkney

43 Cadets and 18 Adults from Highland Units attended a Sailing and Pulling weekend with 19 Cadets achieving Water Safety, and 5 Cadets and A/CPO Sutherland passing for Pulling Competent Crew. A number of Cadets also completed parts of their training towards RYA Dinghy Sailing and SCC Pulling qualifications.

Originally intended as an afloat training weekend and District Regatta, training had to be altered to shore based due to inclement weather, and 4 cadets gained Seamanship 3rd Class. However a small weather window presented itself on Saturday afternoon and thanks to the assistance of Instructors from the Orkney Sailing Club all Cadets got some afloat time either sailing, pulling or power boating. This was of particular benefit to the recently formed Wick Sub Unit whose Cadets had their first experience of SCC boating.

On the way back to mainland Scotland by ferry, the mv Hamnavoe, we were priviliged to visit the bridge where the Chief Mate explained all the buttons to us.

Well done everyone, and thank-you Orkney.

 

 

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