HELP PORTRUSH SEA CADETS ASSIST RAISE FUNDS, TO BUILD A NEW SAIL-TRAINING SHIP! 'ROW-A-THON' AROUND THE WORLD IN EIGHTY DAYS . . . . . . . WITH PORTRUSH SEA CADETS & THE SEA CADET CORPS.
T. S. DUKE OF YORK, Portrush Sea Cadets are part of a national fundraising campaign to build a new ship to replace the charity’s iconic flagship, T.S. ROYALIST - now over 40 years old – the Portrush Sea Cadets would very much like your assistance raising the much needed funding.
A voyage in T.S. ROYALIST is the pinnacle of the Sea Cadets' experience – a once-in-a-lifetime off-shore adventure that literally puts the sea in Sea Cadets! T.S. ROYALIST is available to all 14,000 Sea Cadets throughout the United Kingdom, every year ROYALIST takes around 650 cadets to "Live the Adventure" . . . . . . across all of the Sea Cadets vessels, about 1,500 cadets "Come on Board" to go to sea, having fun and learning nautical skills.
This sail training ship has helped cadets develop their individual teamwork skills, gives the young people confidence, allows each to face challenges in an exhilarating environment.
The national charity (The Marine Society and Sea Cadets) has worked hard over the past two years, already raising £3.8m of the £5.6million target. Now Portrush Sea Cadets need your assistance, in one last push, the Unit Chairman, Mr. Ian McCullough, made a plea during a Drill night in the Unit Headquarters, please help us by showing your support, making a contribution, whether small or large, will assist thousands of young people, to keep sailing with Sea Cadets!
Sea Cadets is a national nautical youth charity operating in 400 units across the United Kingdom. It supports 14,000 young people aged 10 – 18; offering them a unique opportunity to learn vital life skills via a range of nautical adventure activities. This helps to boost confidence and inspire young people, giving them the best possible head start in life.
Almost every week of the year, twenty-four Sea Cadets, Combined Cadet Forces (CCF) and a single week of Air Cadets from all over the United Kingdom, join the ship and spend the week on board working as part of the crew.
There are 8 permanent members of crew who instruct the embarked cadets on a weekly basis and also carry out the maintenance / winter refit. These are the Captain, Sailing Master, Engineer, Boatswain, Coxswain, 2 Watch Officers and the Cook.
Trips abroad are also taken regularly, such as to the Channel Islands and to France, Belgium and in some cases, the Netherlands and Germany. Also, during the Tall Ships race period, Training Ship ROYALIST can visit other countries of Europe. Every four years ROYALIST is a guest at the Brest Traditional Sail Festival in southern Brittany, a spectacular event, welcoming over two thousand classic vessels and tall ships from all around the world.
For around four or five weeks of the year, for The Tall Ships' Races ROYALIST becomes a racing ship. During this period, only cadets who are over 16 years of age are allowed to crew her, it usually involves a crew taking her to the start of the race (1 week duration). Then, the race crew come on board, and race 'Royalist' against other Class A ships in the race, which are from all over the world (2 week duration). When the race finishes, yet another crew come aboard, and bring her back home (2 week duration).
Cadets can gain various qualifications when they complete a week on board TS ROYALIST, which are Offshore Hand 1, Offshore Hand 2, Offshore Seaman, and Offshore Watch-leader. The only way to gain any further qualifications, is by getting day skippers, onboard TS 'Vigilant' or the sister TS 'City Liveryman'.
To find out more visit: New Ship Appeal
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