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!