Air Show, Portrush

Air Show, Portrush

Portrush Sea Cadets enjoyed two very successful days at Air Show, Portrush.  They worked very hard to sell event programmes on behalf of the Royal British Legion.

 
Boating Season at Coleraine Marina

Boating Season at Coleraine Marina

Portrush Sea Cadets enjoyed a successful boating season at Coleraine Marina.

 
Learning How To Kayak

Learning How To Kayak

Portrush Sea Cadets learning how to Kayak at Antrim Lough

 
Magilligan Summer Camp

Magilligan Summer Camp

Portrush Sea Cadets recently enjoyed the summer camp at Magilligan.  They participated in Kayaking, Surfing, Archery and Shooting.  The cadets have made new friends within the various Sea Cadet Units represented at the summer camp.

 
Tour of the John Jerwood

Tour of the John Jerwood

Some of the staff, cadets, parents and UMT thoroughly enjoyed a tour of TS John Jerwood on Wednesday, 2nd July.  The tour was conducted by some of our cadets who sailed from Oban to Londonderry.

 
Sail The UK

Sail The UK

Some of Portrush Sea Cadets enjoying a days sailing for the "Sail The UK" event starting from Crawfordburn

 
Armed Forces Day, Carrickfergus

Armed Forces Day, Carrickfergus

Portrush Sea Cadets enjoying an amazing day at Armed Forces Day in Carrickfergus.

 
RAFA Parade, Limavady

RAFA Parade, Limavady

Portrush Sea Cadets enjoyed the day at the RAFA Parade in Limavady on Sunday, 22nd June 2014

 
Northern Ireland Regatta

Northern Ireland Regatta

Portrush Sea Cadets hosted Northern Ireland Regatta at Coleraine Marina on Sunday, 8th June 2014.  The cadets competed in four categories:  Junior Boys, Senior Boys, Junior Girls and Senior Girls.  An outstanding effort from all cadets who participated in the heats but a special mention to the Portrush Junior Boys team who made the finals.  

 
Volunteer's Week Nominations

Volunteer's Week Nominations

Some of the Staff enjoyed the Volunteer's Week presentation of awards on 5th June 2014

 
Bagpack

Bagpack

The generosity of the customers in Asda in Coleraine, as always, know no boundaries as was shown to Portrush Sea Cadets at one of our annual bagpacks on Sunday 25 May 2014.

 

 
Raft Race - 24 May 2014

Raft Race - 24 May 2014

Six cadets, two AVs and a member of the UMT represented The Unit at The Raft Race in Portrush. 

The cadets were lucky enough to get their picture taken with some 'questionable' characters (see picture gallery) and adopt a mascot for the day.

An enjoyable time was had by all.

 
Arrival of Commonwealth Baton in Coleraine - 20 May 2014

Arrival of Commonwealth Baton in Coleraine - 20 May 2014

Portrush Sea Cadets were privileged to attend the arrival of The Commonwealth Baton in Coleraine.

Nine Cadets, four AVs and two members of the committee, along with some parents  attended the reception afterwards.

 
BELFAST MARATHON

BELFAST MARATHON

Two members of Portrush Sea Cadets took part in the Belfast Marathon on Monday, 5th May 2014 to raise funds for t-shirts for the Sea Cadets.

Both finished the eight mile walk in under two hours.

Well done, we are proud of them.

 
BIG BREAKFAST

BIG BREAKFAST

Three cadets and two AVs attended "The Big Breakfast" hosted by the Royal British Legion, Bushmills Branch on Saturday, 26th April 2014.

They worked very hard in helping the RBL members and it was very much appreciated by the members of the Bushmills Branch.

 
CADET VISIT TO HMS CHARGER

CADET VISIT TO HMS CHARGER

On Saturday, 3rd May 2014 eight cadets were priviledged to travel on HMS Charger from Portrush to Lisahally.

While on board the cadets got the opportunity of navigating the ship which they throughly enjoyed.

 
Celebration of Commonwealth Day

Celebration of Commonwealth Day

Flying the Commonwealth Flag at T.S. Duke of York to celebrate Commonwealth Day on Monday 10th March 2014.

 
Inter Cadet Orienteering Competition

Inter Cadet Orienteering Competition

Portrush Sea Cadets pictured at the Inter Cadet Orienteering Competition held in Belvoir Forest, Belfast on Sunday 2nd March 2014.

 
Barnardos Thank You Gift

Barnardos Thank You Gift

A representative from Barnardos called down to Portrush Sea Cadets Unit to present a thank you gift to the cadets for donating Christmas presents last year at their Christmas party.

 
St Patrick's Day ACF Parade, Londonderry

St Patrick's Day ACF Parade, Londonderry

Portrush Sea Cadets enjoyed participating in the St Patrick's Day Parade at Caw Camp, Londonderry on Saturday, 15th March 2014. 

 
Submariners Parade & Wreath Laying Ceremony

Submariners Parade & Wreath Laying Ceremony

Portrush Sea Cadets and staff attended the Submariners Parade and wreath laying ceremony in Dervock on Saturday, 8th March 2014.  Everyone paraded to the War Memorial for a short service and wreath laying ceremony.  The salute was taken by Rev K Crowe Major, Army Cadets. 

 
British Heart Foundation

British Heart Foundation

The cadets, staff and UMT members of Portrush Sea Cadets wearing red to support The British Heart Foundation on their 'Ramp up the Red' campaign.

 
New Entry Training on 11th January 2014 at The Unit

New Entry Training on 11th January 2014 at The Unit

New Entry’s  promotion training 11th January 2014

All new entry cadets attended the promotional day held at The Unit.  During the day lots of sessions were covered and passed.  The new entry cadets were very interested and asked a lot of intelligent questions.

 
Cadet’s promotion weekend 26th & 27th October 2013

Cadet’s promotion weekend 26th & 27th October 2013

There was a good attendance of cadets at the 2nd promotional weekend held at The Unit

Over the weekend lots of sessions were covered and passed.  The cadets also enjoyed treats of cup cakes and choc ices.

 
NI Sea Cadets Football Competition

NI Sea Cadets Football Competition

Our Senior Boys Team, Junior Boys Team & Junior Girls Team took part in the N.I. Sea Cadets Football competition at Carrickfergus Leisure Centre on Sunday, 12th January 2014. The best seven cadets from each age group were chosen to represent N.I. Sea Cadets in the National Competition to take place in February.

CDT Charlie Walls was chosen from Portrush Sea Cadets for the Junior Girls Football Team.

 
Sea Cadets Christmas Party

Sea Cadets Christmas Party

As Christmas is a time for giving Portrush Sea Cadets decided to forego their own Secret Santa presents and donate gifts to Dr. Barnardos Young Carers.

They donated a magnificent total of 50 gifts which Rhonda and Helen from Dr. Barnardos graciously accepted. The ladies then stayed a short while for the cadets Christmas party and partook of a welcome cuppa and mince pie.

 
Contract Signed for T.S. ROYALIST Replacement CHARITY AWARDS £4.8 MILLION CONTRACT FOR 21st CENTURY FLAGSHIP

Contract Signed for T.S. ROYALIST Replacement CHARITY AWARDS £4.8 MILLION CONTRACT FOR 21st CENTURY FLAGSHIP

26/07/2013

Portrush Sea Cadets is delighted to announce that a £4.8million contact is being awarded to Spanish shipyard Astilleros Gondan S.A, and designers Acubens to build the Sea Cadets new 21st Century flagship which will take thousands of cadets on an offshore voyage.

The winning design is a 32m brig offering greater use of space, with better all-round sailing ability and performance. It will be faster and easier to handle than the current vessel (T.S. ROYALIST) and provides much improved accommodation, making her the perfect choice to continue the legacy of T.S. ROYALIST in providing young people with a truly amazing and quite unique offshore voyage aboard a tall ship.  

The new 32m brig design, has a pedigree drawing on large fast yachts, will have an independent, aerodynamic shaped keel, with separate rudder and skeg, and a canoe shaped hull of high tensile steel (ROYALIST is mild steel) with a reticulated structure and GRP deckhouse giving reduced weight and a lower centre of gravity.

A flagship voyage is the pinnacle of the Sea Cadet experience and one which the charity wants to ensure future generations of Sea Cadets can benefit from. T.S. ROYALIST launched in 1971 has taken over 30,000 cadets to sea in her lifetime.

The charity spent two years fundraising £4.8 million to build a new ship, so far achieving £3.85 million of that target. The new ship will be ready for the 2015 sailing season launching into action as the old ship is decommissioned during the previous sailing season. This means, there will be no pause in the sailing programme and cadets will not miss out on an opportunity to take part in an offshore voyage.

The charity worked hard to keep the build in the UK, conscious of the country’s maritime heritage. However innovation and cost were of equal value to the charity having spent much time securing the funds from many donors; corporate, individuals, trusts and foundations, and Sea Cadet units across the UK. The final design offers a great balance between innovation and value for money.

Martin Coles, MSSC CEO says: “Astilleros Gondan’s proposal delivers a technically advanced proposition with a great use of space and modern facilities providing a real step forward from T.S. ROYALIST in terms of overall design and sailing experience. Plus with 55% of equipment (like engines) sourced from the UK they have struck a good balance between home grown and cost-effectiveness.

We’re very excited to see the new build up and running as it will ensure that generations of Sea Cadets can harness their futures and steer a course that is right for them through the incredible confidence nautical adventure gives them.”

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T.S. DUKE OF YORK, WELCOME TO THE NEW CAPTAIN SEA CADETS

T.S. DUKE OF YORK, WELCOME TO THE NEW CAPTAIN SEA CADETS

05/07/2013

A Change of Command parade was held Friday, 5. July 2013, to formally say goodbye to Captain Mark Windsor Royal Navy and welcome the new Captain Sea Cadets, Captain Johnathan Holloway Royal Navy.


Sea Cadets and volunteers from Kingston, Hornchurch & Upminster and Clacton lined the parade route while Herne Bay Sea Cadets band enterained guests.

Photograph: L to R 

Martin Coles, Chief Executive - The Marine Society and Sea Cadets
Captain Jonathan Holloway, M.Sc., C.Eng., M.I.Mech.E., Royal Navy - Captain Sea Cadets
Captain Mark Windsor, B.Sc., M.A., Royal Navy (Retired) - Former Captain Sea Cadets
 
Captain Windsor who has been in post since 2010, was presented with a copy of the Thames Diamond Jubilee River Pageant print by artist James Milroy, an event which Captain Windsor played a signifcant and inspirational role in, enabling Sea Cadets to earn The Queen's Diamond Jubilee Volunteering Award 2012, he also received a photobook of pictures from his career as Captain Sea Cadets.
 
The cadets and adult volunteers of T.S. DUKE OF YORK, Portrush Sea Cadets, wish you a very warm welcome to the Sea Cadet Corps - Sea Cadets.
 
To date, your Royal Navy career has allowed you travel to many interesting parts of the world, Sea Cadets will further your journeying, visiting enthralling places you might never have thought existed in the United Kingdom! Once settled in, having adjusted to the idiosyncrasies of the Corps, observing the commitment of many adult volunteers and cadets, each will open a new approach and give many breaths of fresh air to you!
 
It is hoped, it will not be too long before you reach the shores of Northern Ireland, when on the green isle, if at all possible, making your way to the 'wilds of the north coast' - Portrush, near the world renowned Giant's Causeway, Coleraine, Bushmills, Londonderry - where the Rivers; Bann, Bush and Foyle are well known for wild Atlantic salmon, a scarce fish nowadays. If you are a golfer, many, many fine links, parkland and resort courses.
 
The Corps is now well served with linguists– your fluency in Russian and Captain Peter Adams in French, may well allow the Corps to develop further afield in lands afar!
 
The cadets and adult volunteers of T. S. DUKE OF YORK, Portrush Sea Cadets look forward to welcoming and meeting you, we wish you good health to enjoy a different type leadership in this new and creative part of your Royal Navy career.
 

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PORTRUSH SEA CADETS - ASSIST RECREATE AN EVENT IN THE LIFE OF A SCOTTISH PIRATE CALLED TAVISH DHU

PORTRUSH SEA CADETS - ASSIST RECREATE AN EVENT IN THE LIFE OF A SCOTTISH PIRATE CALLED TAVISH DHU

There has always been a strong link between North Antrim and Scotland. At their closest several miles separate the most northerly part of Antrim from the Mull of Kintyre and this closeness has often led to political alliances.

The Skerries Islands to the North East of Portrush offer good shelter and anchorage to ships and it was here in the early 14th century that the famous Scottish Pirate Tavish Dhu often came to anchor. It is said that he made the Skerries his main base in his ravages along the North Antrim coast.

In the year 1315 Edward Bruce  (brother of Robert Bruce King of Scotland) was engaged in a war against the English in Ireland and came over from Scotland to be crowned King of Ireland. He camped beside Coleraine, intending to besiege the town into surrender, but was attacked by the Earl of Ulster Richard de Burgh (Red Earl) and reduced to great straits. As a result of this prolonged siege, the besiegers were as near starvation as the besieged in the town.

The Red Earl sent to England for help and four Privateer Ships, loaded with provisions and other supplies, sailed around the Causeway headland with intent to sail up the River Bann to meet with the Earl in Coleraine. They were forced to take refuge from a storm and anchor inside the Skerries however they had not reckoned on meeting Black Tavish.

Tavish Dhu’s pirates swooped on these ships and captured them intact and triumphantly escorted their provisions to the army of Bruce.  Bruce however failed to hold his position in Ireland for long and was driven back to Scotland by the English.

Tradition has it that Tavish Dhu was brought back to the Skerries after his death and is buried there. It is also said that three bullock skins of silver are buried with him on the Skerries.

Introducing Portrush's historical pirate, Tavish Dhu, with a street parade, re-enactment, fun day, pirate treasure hunt and live music . . . . . . . ALL enjoyed by the cadets and adult volunteers of T.S. DUKE OF YORK, Portrush Sea Cadets

For more happy fun-filled photographs, go to NEWS  :  Picture Gallery  :  Events  :  Page 17>

sea-cadets.org/portrush/events-gallery.aspx

Saturday, 6th. July 2013

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LONDON CALLING - RECEPTION BY HER MAJESTY, QUEEN ELIZABETH II AND HRH DUKE OF EDINBURGH

LONDON CALLING - RECEPTION BY HER MAJESTY, QUEEN ELIZABETH II AND HRH DUKE OF EDINBURGH

The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh gave a Reception at St. James's Palace - Wednesday, 29th. May 2013, for The Queen's Award for Voluntary Service, at which The Duke and Duchess of Gloucester and The Duke of Kent were present.


The Chairman, Mr. A. F. Ian McCullough, was accompanied by his guest; Lieutenant (SCC) David G. Philpot RMR, Officer-in-Charge - T.S. DUKE OF YORK, Portrush Sea Cadets.
 
For the special occasion, the OiC informed the Chairman, he had his shoes re-shined at Fortnum and Mason, looking very grande.  We met not too far away from St. James's Palace, the short stroll, we admired the Guard at the main entrance, around the side towards The Mall, people gathering in 'bunches', strolling along to see a tree spotted the night before, what was thought might be a Jacaranda - not an ancient wisteria!  Returning to St. James's Palace - by gosh, some people had formed an orderly line, we went to the end , met two ladies from a charity . . . . . . Make-a-Wish Foundation, progressing forward to the entrance door, the OiC spotted Mr. Martin Coles (CEO MSSC) accompanied by Lieutenant (SCC) Sue Gitins, RNR., Commanding Officer, Fishguard Sea Cadets . . . . . . The CEO tried to jump the queue . . . . . . he did BUT, the Chairman and OiC put him in his place, behind the pair of us!
 
Identity checked, coats and umbrellas away, eyes wide open looking at and taking all in - the magnificence of St. James's Palace, in parts, dating back to the early 1500's. With other guests entering a grand reception room, fairly quickly, meeting Mr. Walter Rader - NI Committee Representative Member of the QAVS, Mrs. Sandra Adair of Volunteer Now - each attended the QAVS Presentation at Portrush Town Hall - drinks, gorgeous canapés . . . . . . drinks and more gorgeous canapés!
 
A door was opened at the end of the room, guests requested to have their respective named invitations at the ready . . . . . . through the door, your name called out, there before you -  Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II and, HRH Duke of Edinburgh. A handshake to each and pleasantries over, guided by the Household staff in to another large room, not long before finding many people to talk to . . . . . HRH Duke of Edinburgh stepped within the gathering, so easy to talk to, the conversation was diverse, HRH drifted off after ten minutes - to talk to many others.
 
We were all delighted, smiles galore, we then realised Her Majesty was to the other side of the room, meeting ladies and two people in wheel-chairs, the Chairman was placed to the end of the line of guests, Her Majesty walked over - welcomed the Chairman, many topics covered, naturally - top of the list; T.S. DUKE OF YORK, Portrush Sea Cadets.
 
The Duke of Kent arrived to have a chat, so easy, so casual, so interesting, mentioning Prince Michael had been in Northern Ireland a couple of weeks ago, attending the Battle of Atlantic Commemorations at LondonderryThe Duke left, next on the visiting list, Martyn Lewis CBE - the QAVS Chairman - ex BBC and ITN newsreader, educated at Dalriada School, Ballymoney - like all good times, when you really have your feet under the table, it is time to say goodbye and that we did.
 
The Chairman and OiC walked to Piccadilly - had a cup of tea and a chat about their day, a wonderful day.
 
London is looking BRILLIANT, as ever . . . . . . well prepared for the GREAT OCCASION - this time, the Diamond Jubilee of the Coronation.
 

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T.S. DUKE OF YORK, Portrush Sea Cadets TAKE PART IN THE UNVEILING CEREMONY and COMMEMORATION OF THE 70th. ANNIVERSARY OF THE BATTLE OF ATLANTIC IN LONDONDERRY.

T.S. DUKE OF YORK, Portrush Sea Cadets TAKE PART IN THE UNVEILING CEREMONY and COMMEMORATION OF THE 70th. ANNIVERSARY OF THE BATTLE OF ATLANTIC IN LONDONDERRY.

T.S. DUKE OF YORK, Portrush Sea Cadets and their visitors - the Royal Canadian Sea Cadet Corps of the Canadian Northwest Prairie Cadets, took part in the unveiling ceremony and commemoration of the 70th. Anniversary of the Battle of Atlantic in Londonderry - Saturday and Sunday, 11th. and 12th. May 2013.

The International Sailor statue, a replica of the Mariner sculpture statue in Halifax, Nova Scotia in Canada - of a sailor carrying his hammock on his right shoulder and kit bag in his left hand. There is no naval insignia, as the statue is intended to reflect the contribution of the seamen from the many Allied nations which protected the shipping convoys during the war. Originally created by the distinguished Canadian sculptor Peter Bustin, the replica statue was cast at the Tanat Foundry, Oswestry. The International Sailor statue stands on a plinth of local granite.  

The inlaid inscription on the base - 
 
In memory of those from all nations who lost their lives in The Battle of Atlantic. And, in lasting tribute to the part played by the citizens of this city in the longest battle of the second world war 1939 – 1944

Written at the side of a poppy by one of the Royal Canadian Sea Cadet Corps of the Canadian Northwest Prairie Cadets, her feelings and experience of the 70th. Anniversary and Commemoration of The Battle of Atlantic at Londonderry

Battle of the Atlantic Sunday! Mothers day? (I forgot), this was the most amazing experience of my life. I was so honoured and proud to represent our country. we did great. I loved how dedicated these people are to remembering! These people should be so proud of everything they have done. I can't even begin to describe it. I loved it. I loved the rain, the parade the veterans, everything. I'm so glad we came.

The location of the statue at Ebrington is intended to reflect the vital role which the barracks played as a naval base as part of the HMS Ferret complex. 

Unveiled on Saturday, 11th. May 2013 at Ebrington, Londonderry, by HRH Prince Michael of Kent, G.C.V.O., K.St.J.,  Commodore-in-Chief of the combined Maritime Reserve. HRH Prince Michael of Kent, was in Londonderry to pay tribute to the 66,000 Allied merchant seamen, sailors and airmen lost in the Battle of the Atlantic, HRH Prince Michael of Kent joined World War II veterans and merchant seamen from a host of nations, Sea Cadets from throughout Northern Ireland, Royal Canadian Sea Cadet Corps of the Canadian Northwest  Prairie Cadets and the Sea Cadets of the CCF of Foyle College - all in the city to mark the 70th anniversary of the ‘Turning of the Tide’ in the Battle of the Atlantic. 

After a special remembrance service, held at St Columb’s Cathedral, HRH Prince Michael of Kent laid a wreath at the Diamond War Memorial on Sunday , 12th. May 2013, to mark the city’s unique contribution to the Battle of the Atlantic. At the height of the raging sea conflict, Londonderry was host to up to 20,000 Royal Navy personnel, 10,000 Canadian and Newfoundlanders, more than 6,000 US personnel as well as many from the German occupied nations.

With the outbreak of the Second World War and the start of the Battle of the Atlantic, the Admiralty decided to develop a large new naval base in Northern Ireland to serve as a centre for convoy escorts, providing repair and refuelling facilities. Derry was selected as a prime location due to Londonderry Port being the UK's most westerly anchorage, it provided the fastest access into the Atlantic. Royal Navy warships could then quickly come to the aid of convoys under attack by German U-boats, and help escort the convoys in and out of British ports.

The old Ebrington Barracks were taken over by the navy and commissioned on 9th. December 1940 as HMS Ferret. The shipyard at Pennyburn was also taken over as "Fort George", and used as a ship repair facility, manned by workers from the Harland and Wolff yards at Belfast. Ships based at FERRET were under the control of Western Approaches Command, located in Plymouth for the early part of the war. The main headquarters for the Western Approaches Command was moved to Liverpool in February 1941 as the North Western Approaches became the most vital area of convoy activity. FERRET was then the backup for the Liverpool headquarters, with the other main bases in the area being at Greenock, and later at Belfast. 

The organisational function of FERRET was to form escort groups of the warships based there, mostly small destroyers, frigates, corvettes and armed trawlers. From the 1st. February 1941 these craft had a separate accounting system from the main base. By 1942 this system had been extended to handle the accounts of Royal Navy ships based at St' John's, Newfoundland and the Port of Argentia as one the finest in Atlantic Canada, its sheltered, deep-water facility is over 3 kilometres in length with a wide turning basin, Argentia’s most important attribute is the year around, ice-free access.. A Coastal Forces base was established in April 1941, under the name HMS FERRET II.

Eventually, over twenty thousand allied troops and sailors had passed through HMS FERRET, and the base had been home to over two hundred ships of the Royal Navy, US Navy and the Royal Canadian Navy, as well as ships from the Free French and Free Dutch naval forces and some ships of the Royal Indian Marine. There was a debate over the future of the base, but the Admiralty decided to retain the property, converting it into a proper school for anti-submarine warfare training. There had been plans to commission the establishment under the name HMS Phoenix, this was changed in preference to HMS Sea Eagle. Ferret was paid off on 21st. July 1947, and HMS Sea Eagle commissioned that same day. 

H.M.S Sea Eagle operated as the Joint Anti-Submarine School until 1970, when it was re-named again as Ebrington Barracks. The base was closed by the Ministry of Defence in 2004. The ILEX Urban Regeneration Company was tasked with the refurbishment of this site as well as Fort George on the Strand Road and Clooney Naval Base site in the Waterside.
 

 

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AN EXHILARATING WEEKEND OF FUN, HAPPINESS, TOGETHERNESS AND ACHIEVEMENT - THE 'ROW-A-THON' - AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 HOURS

AN EXHILARATING WEEKEND OF FUN, HAPPINESS, TOGETHERNESS AND ACHIEVEMENT - THE 'ROW-A-THON' - AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 HOURS

After an exhilarating few days, 'on their way home' . . . . . . . cadets and adult volunteers of T. S. DUKE OF YORK, Portrush Sea Cadets crossed their target finishing line on the River Bann, Coleraine, County Londonderry at 1530 today, Sunday, 21st. April 2013, their 'rowing voyage' - Lough Neagh to Coleraine successfully completed.

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AN EXHILARATING WEEKEND OF FUN, HAPPINESS, TOGETHERNESS AND ACHIEVEMENT - THE COMPLETION OF THE 'ROW-A-THON' - AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 HOURS

AN EXHILARATING WEEKEND OF FUN, HAPPINESS, TOGETHERNESS AND ACHIEVEMENT - THE COMPLETION OF THE 'ROW-A-THON' - AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 HOURS

Cadets and adult volunteers of T. S. DUKE OF YORK, Portrush Sea Cadets crossed their target finishing line on the River Bann, Coleraine, County Londonderry at 15:30 today, Sunday, 21st. April 2013, their 'rowing voyage' - Lough Neagh to Coleraine.

The Portrush Unit members assisted with nearly 200 other Sea Cadet units and over 3,000 cadets and volunteers, all working hard to row the miles that will raise £-pounds for a new Sea Cadet training ship. The cadets and adult volunteers throughout the United Kingdom have 'rowed the circumference of the world', over 24,900 miles have been achieved since the national ‘Row-A-Thon in 80 hours’ launched at 7am on Thursday, 18th April.

Nationally, Sea Cadets is fundraising for a new flagship. Across the country, all 400 Sea Cadet units got on board with this massive appeal to assist raise £250,000 . 00 toward the cost of the £5.6 million for a new sail training ship.

Some people ask, what is the Ship Appeal for? Since 1971 the Sea Cadets flagship T.S. Royalist has been taking cadets on a voyage at sea where they can experience the most exhilarating – and unique challenges. Whether it’s hoisting the sails in stormy weather or negotiate big waves, nothing compares to the feeling of being out at sea, right there in the elements, taking on challenging nautical training and pulling together with other cadets to safely navigate Britain’s coastline. This is teamwork taken to another level.

Why do Sea Cadets need a new flagship? To make sure that Sea Cadets will keep having this chance, nationally, The Marine Society and Sea Cadets needs to raise enough funding to build a replacement. T.S. Royalist is now over 42 years old and coming to the end of her journey. Our new ship will make sure we continue to offer thousands of cadets the chance to sail at sea until the mid-21st century.
 
During their row on the River Bann, the cadets assisted cleaning it, by taking fence poles and driftwood out of the water, they also rescued a young lamb that strayed from its mother to the riverbank edge, back on dry land at the Marina in Coleraine, ALL of the young ones wanted to take on more rowing challenges, each and everyone of the youngsters thoroughly enjoyed the fun-packed, highly energised, motivated and very different weekend.
 
Two of the new Portrush Sea Cadets TRINITY 500 rowing boats were used for the event; one flew the Unit Ensign - 'Dunluce', the other named, 'Ramore' hoisted the recently commissioned Queen's Award for Voluntary Service flag, all made for a very colourful and impressive spectacle on the River Bann - the Portrush Sea Cadets Armada of seven boats; three TRINITY 500 rowing boats, one ASC rowing boat and three powerboats. 
 

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Unit open:
Every Monday and Thursday 19:00 - 21:30
 
'ROW-A-THON' - From Lough Neagh, along the length of the River Bann to Coleraine . . . . . .  the 'ROW-A-THON' world challenge, now at Portna Lock                                        PORTRUSH SEA CADETS ASSIST RAISE FUNDS, TO BUILD A NEW SAIL-TRAINING SHIP!

'ROW-A-THON' - From Lough Neagh, along the length of the River Bann to Coleraine . . . . . . the 'ROW-A-THON' world challenge, now at Portna Lock PORTRUSH SEA CADETS ASSIST RAISE FUNDS, TO BUILD A NEW SAIL-TRAINING SHIP!

SATURDAY, 20th. APRIL 2013
 
Two of the TRINITY 500 crews of T.S. DUKE OF YORK, Portrush Sea Cadets, commenced from Portglenone on their thirty-file mile row along the River Bann. 
 
The cadets and assisting adult volunteers started off from their Unit HQ in Portrush at 0730, launched at 0900, commenced rowing at 1000.
 
These photographs show the two TRINITY 500 boats 'Hi Society' and 'Dunluce', accompanied by the RigiFlex 'Rathlin' entering the first of four lock-gates. Each takes thirty minutes to enter (empty) and fill (exit).
 
A great experience for everyone, in the bright sunny Spring day, alas with some wind and low 9?.
 
A quick history lesson was given of the area and the River Bann to the cadets and adult volunteers by David McLaughlin of Waterway Ireland - now education and muscle-power.
 

DO MORE . . . . . . . JOIN SEA CADETS PORTRUSH

 
              Headquarters:
16, Dunluce Avenue, Portrush, BT56 8DW
Web-site:
sea-cadets.org/portrush
Telephone:
028 708 25 999
E-mail:
portrushseacadets@btconnect.com
Unit open:
Every Monday and Thursday 19:00 - 21:30
 
THE ULTIMATE CROWNING GLORY - GUESTS WITNESSING THE QUEEN'S AWARD FOR VOLUNTARY SERVICE OFFICIAL PRESENTATION TO PORTRUSH SEA CADETS, T.S. DUKE OF YORK. Thursday, 11th. April 2013

THE ULTIMATE CROWNING GLORY - GUESTS WITNESSING THE QUEEN'S AWARD FOR VOLUNTARY SERVICE OFFICIAL PRESENTATION TO PORTRUSH SEA CADETS, T.S. DUKE OF YORK. Thursday, 11th. April 2013

A selection of the two hundred and forty guests, volunteers and cadets attending the Presentation of The Queen's Award For Voluntary Service - Thursday 11th. April 2013, Portrush Town Hall.
 
Of the 400 units within the Sea Cadet Corps throughout the United Kingdom, Portrush is the ONLY Unit, at present, to be granted recognition given in honour of its volunteering achievements
 
 

DO MORE . . . . . . . JOIN SEA CADETS PORTRUSH

Headquarters:
16, Dunluce Avenue, Portrush, BT56 8DW
Web-site:
sea-cadets.org/portrush
Telephone:
028 708 25 999
E-mail:
portrushseacadets@btconnect.com
Unit open:
Every Monday and Thursday 19:00 - 21:30
 
THE ULTIMATE CROWNING GLORY - THE QUEEN'S AWARD FOR VOLUNTARY SERVICE OFFICIAL PRESENTATION OF DOMED CRYSTAL ACHIEVEMENT TO PORTRUSH SEA CADETS, T.S. DUKE OF YORK. Thursday, 11th. April 2013

THE ULTIMATE CROWNING GLORY - THE QUEEN'S AWARD FOR VOLUNTARY SERVICE OFFICIAL PRESENTATION OF DOMED CRYSTAL ACHIEVEMENT TO PORTRUSH SEA CADETS, T.S. DUKE OF YORK. Thursday, 11th. April 2013

Her Majesty's Lord Lieutenant for County Antrim, Mrs. Joan Christie, O.B.E., presenting the Chairman, T.S. DUKE OF YORK, Portrush Sea Cadets, Mr. A. F. Ian McCullough - on behalf of the Unit volunteers (past and present) with The Queen's Award For Voluntary Service - Domed Crystal Glass Achievement - Thursday 11th. April 2013, Portrush Town Hall.

 

Of the 400 units within the Sea Cadet Corps throughout the United Kingdom, whilst Portrush is the ONLY Unit, at present, to be granted recognition given in honour of its volunteering achievements, every unit throughout the Corps is capable of such.

Many volunteers have worked tirelessly over the seventy year history of Portrush Sea Cadets, each witnessing moments of heroism and heartbreak that will live long in the memory - this spectacular AWARD – The Queen's Award for Voluntary Service, the MBE for volunteer groups is a fitting tribute to seven decades of volunteering.

Please note:  Credit of photograph, courtesy of Coleraine Chronicle ©

 

Headquarters:
16, Dunluce Avenue, Portrush, BT56 8DW
Web-site:
sea-cadets.org/portrush
Telephone:
028 708 25 999
E-mail:
portrushseacadets@btconnect.com
Unit open:
Every Monday and Thursday 19:00 - 21:30
 
THE ULTIMATE CROWNING GLORY - THE QUEEN'S AWARD FOR VOLUNTARY SERVICE OFFICIAL PRESENTATION  PORTRUSH SEA CADETS, T.S. DUKE OF YORK.  Thursday, 11th. April 2013

THE ULTIMATE CROWNING GLORY - THE QUEEN'S AWARD FOR VOLUNTARY SERVICE OFFICIAL PRESENTATION PORTRUSH SEA CADETS, T.S. DUKE OF YORK. Thursday, 11th. April 2013

Her Majesty's Lord Lieutenant for County Antrim, Mrs. Joan Christie, O.B.E., presenting the Chairman, T.S. DUKE OF YORK, Portrush Sea Cadets,                Mr. A. F. Ian McCullough - on behalf of the Unit volunteers (past and present) with The Queen's Award For Voluntary Service - Thursday 11th. April 2013, Portrush Town Hall.

The citation reads

"T. S. DUKE OF YORK, Portrush Sea Cadets, Providing nautical training and social community inclusion to young people."

"GREETINGS"

We being cognisant of the said group's outstanding voluntary work in the community, and being desirous of showing Our Royal Favour do hereby confer upon it:

The Queen's Golden Jubilee Award

for voluntary service by groups in the community 2012

Given at Our Court of Saint James's under Our Royal Sign Manual this second day of June 2012 in the sixty-first year of Our Reign.

 

Of the 400 units within the Sea Cadet Corps throughout the United Kingdom, whilst Portrush is the ONLY Unit, at present, to be granted recognition given in honour of its volunteering achievements, every unit throughout the Corps is capable of such.

Many volunteers have worked tirelessly over the seventy year history of Portrush Sea Cadets, each witnessing moments of heroism and heartbreak that will live long in the memory - this spectacular AWARD – The Queen's Award for Voluntary Service, the MBE for volunteer groups is a fitting tribute to seven decades of volunteering.

Please note:  Credit of photograph, courtesy of Coleraine Chronicle ©

Headquarters:
16, Dunluce Avenue, Portrush, BT56 8DW
Web-site:
sea-cadets.org/portrush
Telephone:
028 708 25 999
E-mail:
portrushseacadets@btconnect.com
Unit open:
Every Monday and Thursday 19:00 - 21:30
 
THE QUEEN'S AWARD FOR VOLUNTARY SERVICE 'HOUSE FLAG' UNFURLED AT THE UNIT HEADQUARTERS OF PORTRUSH SEA CADETS, T.S. DUKE OF YORK

THE QUEEN'S AWARD FOR VOLUNTARY SERVICE 'HOUSE FLAG' UNFURLED AT THE UNIT HEADQUARTERS OF PORTRUSH SEA CADETS, T.S. DUKE OF YORK

T.S. DUKE OF YORK, Portrush Sea Cadets celebrated Easter 2013 with style, raising and unfurling their personal Queen's Award For Voluntary Service - 'house flag'. 

T.S. DUKE OF YORK, Portrush Sea Cadets is the ONLY unit in the Sea Cadet Corps to be in receipt of this illustrious accolade.

 
THE QUEEN'S AWARD FOR VOLUNTARY SERVICE 'HOUSE FLAG' UNFURLED AT THE UNIT HEADQUARTERS OF PORTRUSH SEA CADETS, T.S. DUKE OF YORK

THE QUEEN'S AWARD FOR VOLUNTARY SERVICE 'HOUSE FLAG' UNFURLED AT THE UNIT HEADQUARTERS OF PORTRUSH SEA CADETS, T.S. DUKE OF YORK

T.S. DUKE OF YORK, Portrush Sea Cadets celebrated Easter 2013 with style, raising and unfurling their personal Queen's Award For Voluntary Service - 'house flag'

T.S. DUKE OF YORK, Portrush Sea Cadets is the ONLY unit in the Sea Cadet Corps to be in receipt of this illustrious accolade.

 
AN ADDED 'GONG' FOR PORTRUSH SEA CADETS

AN ADDED 'GONG' FOR PORTRUSH SEA CADETS

June 2012 - Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II, conferred on T.S. DUKE OF YORK, Portrush Sea Cadets, The Queen's Golden Jubilee Award - The Queen's Award for Voluntary Service, the MBE for volunteer groups, recognising and rewarding excellence in voluntary activities carried out by groups in the community, the Award is given in recognition of outstanding achievement by groups of two or more people in the United Kingdom, Channel Islands and Isle of Man who volunteer their own time to enhance and improve the quality of life and opportunity for individuals or other groups in the community.
 
Some of the 'crew' - Portrush Sea Cadets, T.S. DUKE OF YORK: L-R  Mrs.Ida McIntyre (Unit Management Committee Member), Area Officer Captain Peter Adams, Royal Navy, Petty Officer (SCC) Debbie Brogan, Mayor of Coleraine - Councillor Samuel Cole, Chairman Portrush Sea Cadets, T.S. DUKE OF YORK Mr. A. F. Ian McCullough, Mrs. Pamela McLean (Unit Management Committee Member), Councillor David Barbour, Sandy Gilkinson (Unit Management Committee Member), Mrs. Helen Heaney (Unit Management Committee Member)
 
March 2013 - Coleraine Borough Council presented Portrush Sea Cadets with their 2013 Community Endeavour Award - Youth Activity Category, and - a cheque for £300 . 00 to put towards challenges and training during 2013.
 
Portrush Sea Cadets aim to provide challenging and enjoyable activities for young people, to better prepare them for their role in the community. Not only do Portrush Sea Cadets have the opportunity to learn new skills and engage in adventurous activities in a disciplined and well-structured organisation, they may also gain BTEC qualifications based on their achievements. These qualifications equate to 4 GCSEs and may help them in their future education and career.
 
Ten cadets achieved BTEC Diplomas, allowing two university places – reading law and engineering, one cadet gaining a place Prince's Trust, furthering himself, assisting finding jobs Adults who volunteer to help with the cadets also have the opportunity to receive useful training and gain recognised qualifications.
 
Portrush Sea Cadets aims to give young people the best possible head start in life through fun and adventurous nautical activity.
 
Organising and hosting outreach multi-activity programme, it gives great pride as a community partner to be part of this exciting venture for young people and their instructor adult volunteers. The Unit is always looking forward to the positive benefits it will bring to the Borough of Coleraine. Every year, training and assisting young people of Coleraine Borough attend the International Maritime Confederation (IMC) – Sail Training and Cultural Programme, with the young people of the eight Nations of the IMC; Belgium, France, Netherlands, Austria, Germany, United Kingdom, Italy and Croatia Awarded.
 
As a Corps, one of sixty organisations honoured with The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Award for Volunteering 2012, the dedication and generosity of extraordinary committed people, each of whom has devoted their time and energy to the simple aim of making their communities - and their country - a better place. 

Day after day, week after week, year after year, volunteers making a contribution to every aspect of our society - supporting young people and reaching out to those in need. Official involvement supporting Her Majesty's Diamond Jubilee Celebrations throughout the Borough 
 
Undertaking training for youth in the Borough via Networks Involving Communities in Health Improvement (NICHI), orienteering mountain skills, rock climbing, kayaking, canoeing, rowing, sailing, power-boating, camp craft skills, archery and much, much more. Hosting on behalf of Coleraine Borough – the mini olympics on the East Strand, attracting youth from the Borough and other Council areas. During 2012, with the valuable assistance of Coleraine Borough Council, hosting a full day of sports sail-training, canoeing, kayaking, power-boating at Coleraine Marina.
 
Looking for adventure, seeking fun, aged between 12 and 18, (Also, adult volunteers have great enjoyment) do come along and join Portrush Sea Cadets, open every Monday and Thursday evening from 19:00 to 21:30, nearly every weekend - in Portrush, throughout the Province, also  . . . . . . . Scotland, Wales and England and further afield.
 
Headquarters:
16, Dunluce Avenue, Portrush, BT56 8DW
Web-site:
sea-cadets.org/portrush
Telephone:
028 708 25 999
E-mail:
portrushseacadets@btconnect.com
Unit open:
Every Monday and Thursday 19:00 - 21:30
 
THE QUEEN'S DIAMOND JUBILEE VOLUNTEERING AWARD 2012 - THE CROWNING MOMENT OF A WONDERFUL SEA CADETS YEAR

THE QUEEN'S DIAMOND JUBILEE VOLUNTEERING AWARD 2012 - THE CROWNING MOMENT OF A WONDERFUL SEA CADETS YEAR

It is a special, one-off, category of The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service (QAVS), which was established in 2002 as part of the UK honours system to recognise the work of grassroots organisations at a local level. During the past ten years, over 1000 community groups and local charities have received this prestigious honour.

A representative selection of recipients attended a special reception in Whitehall on Tuesday evening, while Buckingham Palace will hold a reception next year for recipients of this Award and to recognise ten years of The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service.

Sixty organisations which have successfully harnessed the hard work, commitment and generosity of volunteers to change the United Kingdom for the better have been recognised with The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Volunteering Award 2012.

The list of recipients reflects the diversity, optimism and excitement of a national year of celebration. The Award recognises well known voluntary groups which have made a contribution throughout Her Majesty’s sixty-year reign, alongside newer organisations that engaged volunteers specifically to support the Olympic and Paralympic Games and to build on the sporting legacy of London 2012.

Sea Cadets is thrilled to announce, the Charity won this year’s one-off; The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Volunteering Award 2012, for their continuing contribution to volunteering.

To mark the Diamond Jubilee, sixty recipients were announced, through a joint Buckingham Palace and Cabinet Office Press Notice. Sea Cadets nomination was endorsed by The First Sea Lord, highlighting the amazing support Sea Cadets enjoy from the Royal Navy.

This Award is recognition of the great work that Sea Cadets and its volunteers do, cadets and adult volunteers of the Registered Charity are immensely proud and honoured to be recognised in this way.

Captain Sea Cadets, Captain Mark Windsor, M.A., B.Sc., Royal Navy said, “This award is the icing on the cake for what has been an incredible year for the Sea Cadets, culminating in our fifty-five boat diamond formation of boats carrying the commonwealth flags in the Sea Cadets Patron, Her Majesty The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Thames River Pageant in June.”

Former Second Sea Lord now, Trustee of the MSSC, Sir Alan Massey K.C.B., C.B.E., said “I'm absolutely thrilled for all those who have made this happen through their tireless efforts.”

The President of The Marine Society and Sea Cadets, Admiral Sir Peter Abbott G.B.E., K.C.B. said "This is wonderful news and so well deserved, a grand way to end a grand year. Many congratulations to you all.”

Martyn Lewis C.B.E., Chairman, Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Volunteering Award 2012 Committee, said: The sixty organisations honoured today with The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Award for Volunteering 2012 have built their success on the dedication and generosity of thousands of extraordinary people, each of whom has devoted their time and energy to the simple aim of making their communities – and their country – a better place. "Day-in, day out volunteers are making a contribution to every aspect of our society – working with the elderly, supporting young people and reaching out to those in need. Volunteering is as fundamental to British life as rain at Wimbledon or the local pub – and what better way to recognise it than with an Award from Her Majesty in her Diamond Jubilee year."

Nick Hurd, Minister for Civil Society, said: The list of recipients of The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Award for Volunteering 2012 reads like a Who’s Who of some of our most important charities and voluntary organisations. It is a testament to the enduring strength and immeasurable contribution of volunteers over the past sixty years. "The 2012 Olympics brought volunteering firmly, and deservedly, into the spotlight. The stories behind these Awards show what people can achieve when they come together and I hope they will inspire more people to come forward to contribute, and gain from, all that volunteering offers."

oooOooo


On the 2nd. June 2012, Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II, conferred on T.S. DUKE OF YORK, Portrush Sea Cadets, The Queen's Golden Jubilee Award - The Queen's Award for Voluntary Service, the M.B.E. for volunteer groups.

The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service, recognises and rewards excellence in voluntary activities carried out by groups in the community, the Award is given in recognition of outstanding achievement by groups of two or more people in the United Kingdom, Channel Islands and Isle of Man who volunteer their own time to enhance and improve the quality of life and opportunity for individuals or other groups in the community.

The citation reads; T.S. DUKE OF YORK, Portrush Sea Cadets - Providing quality nautical engagement and adventure training to young people with fun and community inclusion.

In this, the seventieth anniversary year (established 1942) of TS DUKE OF YORK, Portrush Sea Cadets, the Unit continues at the forefront of work in the community, serving no less than five council areas - Coleraine, Londonderry, Limavady, Ballymoney and Moyle, as well as assisting many others - further afield.  It is the only Unit in the Sea Cadet Corps to have been awarded the QAVS.

Headquarters:
16, Dunluce Avenue, Portrush, BT56 8DW

Web-site:
sea-cadets.org/portrush

Telephone:
028 708 25 999

E-mail:
portrushseacadets@btconnect.com

Unit open:
Every Monday and Thursday 19:00 - 21:30
 
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.

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.

http://www.sea-cadets.org/new-shipappeal

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

 

Headquarters:

16, Dunluce Avenue, Portrush, BT56 8DW

Web-site:

sea-cadets.org/portrush

Telephone:

028 708 25 999

E-mail:

portrushseacadets@btconnect.com

Unit open:

Every Monday and Thursday 19:00 - 21:30

 
 
INTERNATIONALLY RESPECTED QUALIFICATIONS DELIVERED TO T.S. DUKE OF YORK, PORTRUSH SEA CADETS via THE CADET VOCATIONAL QUALIFICATION ORGANISATION (CVQO)

INTERNATIONALLY RESPECTED QUALIFICATIONS DELIVERED TO T.S. DUKE OF YORK, PORTRUSH SEA CADETS via THE CADET VOCATIONAL QUALIFICATION ORGANISATION (CVQO)

The internationally respected qualification delivered to Portrush Sea Cadets via the Cadet Vocational Qualification Organisation (CVQO) mixes theory and practical elements with an emphasis on leadership, teamwork, communications, problem solving and fitness. The syllabus includes professional CV preparation, interviewing techniques, communication, first aid, adventure training, health and nutrition.

Membership of the Portrush Sea Cadets has helped young people acquire a diverse range of practical skills, giving them opportunities to develop self-discipline and teaches the cadets how to work independently, as part of a team or, indeed, to lead others. 

CVQO offer cadets the chance to earn independently recognised qualifications which will be of real value to them as they enter college or university or step into the world of work.

Achieving BTEC (Business and Technology Education Council, a British body which awards vocational qualifications - which, are themselves still known simply as BTECs) / CVQO standard in Public Services is no mean feat, particularly when the work is juggled with school, family and social commitments, cadets welcome the challenge and work hard to achieve this valuable award.

Congratulations to the adult volunteer instructors who work tirelessly to ensure the success of BTEC / CVQO – and every other element of Cadet life and, the many families and schools who support Cadet membership. This is team work at its best, these high-achieving Sea Cadets are the result!

 
GRAHAM McLAUGHLIN STEPS ASIDE AFTER NEARLY FIFTY YEARS WITH T.S DUKE OF YORK, Portrush Sea Cadets

GRAHAM McLAUGHLIN STEPS ASIDE AFTER NEARLY FIFTY YEARS WITH T.S DUKE OF YORK, Portrush Sea Cadets

W. Graham McLaughlin, a stalwart of T.S. DUKE OF YORK, Portrush Sea Cadets - after nearly fifty years in the Unit - as cadet and adult volunteer, Graham stepped aside on Wednesday 31st. October 2012 at the 70th. Annual General Meeting of the Unit.

With his wife, Moira, Graham is accompanied by the Unit Chairman, Mr. A. F. Ian McCullough - in receipt of a farewell nautical token from the Unit, a specially commissioned, handcrafted woven willow sculpture of a 'fouled anchor' - a befitting boating card, reading: "Graham, We often take for granted, the people that most deserve our gratitude. A gesture of appreciation for your many years of commitment to T.S. DUKE OF YORK, Portrush Sea Cadets."

 
BUCKINGHAM PALACE      -      Saturday, 2nd. June 2012    -   T.S. DUKE OF YORK,  Portrush Sea Cadets

BUCKINGHAM PALACE - Saturday, 2nd. June 2012 - T.S. DUKE OF YORK, Portrush Sea Cadets


BUCKINGHAM PALACE                              -                              Saturday, 2nd. June 2012

Today, Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II, conferred on T.S. DUKE OF YORK, Portrush Sea Cadets, The Queen's Golden Jubilee Award - The Queen's Award for Voluntary Service, the MBE for volunteer groups

The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service, recognises and rewards excellence in voluntary activities carried out by groups in the community, the Award is given in recognition of outstanding achievement by groups of two or more people in the United Kingdom, Channel Islands and Isle of Man who volunteer their own time to enhance and improve the quality of life and opportunity for individuals or other groups in the community.

The citation reads; T.S. DUKE OF YORK, Portrush Sea Cadets - Providing quality nautical engagement and adventure training to young people with fun and community inclusion.

In this, the seventieth anniversary year (established 1942) of TS DUKE OF YORK, Portrush Sea Cadets, the Unit continues at the forefront of work in the community, serving no less than five council areas - Coleraine, Londonderry, Limavady, Ballymoney and Moyle, as well as assisting many others - further afield.

1942 Portrush Sea Cadets, was formed in Portrush. In the same year; the first Committee Meeting was held and enrolment of cadets. The Unit Headquarters was at Portrush Harbour, on the quayside where Portrush Yacht Club has its premises today. Portrush Sea Cadets had the top floor of the building, the ground floor, it was used by the local coal merchant. Coal was shipped into Portrush Harbour, the horse-drawn carts were loaded 'below deck', resulting in considerable black coal dust percolating through the gaps in the timber floorboards. There was a horse-trough outside the building, not only used to quench the thirst of the horses, also 'exercised' - to 'christen' newly enrolled cadets!

 
BUCKINGHAM PALACE - TUESDAY 22nd. MAY 2012  -  T.S. DUKE OF YORK, PORTRUSH SEA CADTES  - UMC AND 'DECK' REPRESENTATIVES ATTEND AFTERNOON PARTY IN THE GARDEN OF BUCKINGHAM PALACE

BUCKINGHAM PALACE - TUESDAY 22nd. MAY 2012 - T.S. DUKE OF YORK, PORTRUSH SEA CADTES - UMC AND 'DECK' REPRESENTATIVES ATTEND AFTERNOON PARTY IN THE GARDEN OF BUCKINGHAM PALACE

Her Majesty The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh gave an Afternoon Party in the garden of Buckingham Palace. The Duke of York, The Princess Royal, The Duke of Kent, Prince and Princess Michael of Kent, Princess Alexandra, the Honourable Lady Ogilvy and The Duchess of Gloucester were present.

Invited to attend the Afternoon Party, T.S. DUKE OF YORK, Portrush Sea Cadets, were; the Chairman, A. F. Ian McCullough, the Vice-Chairman, Graham W. McLaughlin, the Officer-in-Charge, Lieutenant SCC David G. Philpot RMR, the First-Lieutenant, Petty Officer SCC Debora Brogan

Her Majesty's Body Guard of the Honourable Corps of Gentlemen-at-Arms and The Queen's Body Guard of the Yeoman of the Guard were on duty.

The Band of the Royal Regiment of Artillery and Royal Air Force Squadronaires played selections of music during the afternoon.

The TS DUKE OF YORK guests were introduced to the Duchess of Gloucester by Captain Michael Fulford-Dobson, C.V.O., O.B.E., J.P., D.L., Royal Navy

Invited to attend the Afternoon Party, members of T.S. DUKE OF YORK, Portrush Sea Cadets; the Vice-Chairman, Graham W. McLaughlin, the First-Lieutenant; Petty Officer SCC Debora Brogan, the Chairman, A. F. Ian McCullough and, the Officer-in-Charge; Lieutenant SCC David G. Philpot RMR

Invited to attend the Afternoon Party, members of T.S. DUKE OF YORK, Portrush Sea Cadets; the Chairman, A. F. Ian McCullough, the First-Lieutenant; Petty Officer SCC Debora Brogan, the Vice-Chairman, Graham W. McLaughlin, the Officer-in-Charge; Lieutenant SCC David G. Philpot RMR.

 
TS BROADSWORD cadets having a hearty and healthy breakfast in TS DUKE OF YORK Unit HQ. The cadets and adult volunteers form BROADSWORD spent the weekend 4th. 5th. and 6th. May 2012 in Portrush and Coleraine, training from the Marina for the Diamond Jubilee River Thames Pageant in London.

TS BROADSWORD cadets having a hearty and healthy breakfast in TS DUKE OF YORK Unit HQ. The cadets and adult volunteers form BROADSWORD spent the weekend 4th. 5th. and 6th. May 2012 in Portrush and Coleraine, training from the Marina for the Diamond Jubilee River Thames Pageant in London.

The cadets of BROADSWORD  took two positions -  - Boat 41 Flag Grenada and Boat 61 Flag Guyana, of the fifty-five TRINITY 500 escort for the Royal Barge, the Spirit of Chartwell, when it is rowed on The River Thames. The Spirit of Chartwell lead the flotilla of over 1000 river craft carrying HM Queen Elizabeth II on the Thames Diamond Jubilee River Pageant on 3rd. June 2012. 

300 Sea Cadets from across the UK took to the Thames on Sunday, leading their Patron HM The Queen’s Jubilee barge, the Spirit of Chartwell, in celebration of her Diamond Jubilee.
 
Cadets trained hard in preparation to take centre stage in a huge procession of over 1,000 vessels on the Thames honouring the Queen’s Jubilee as part of a huge Thames pageant, the likes of which hadn’t been seen since 1717.
 
Cadets aged 12-18 were part of a 55 strong team of Sea Cadet boats from all over the country, each one carrying a flag to represent a Commonwealth nation, sailing in a diamond formation on an 11km route from Wandsworth to Greenwich.

Visit facebook.com/seacadetsuk or out special Jubilee page sea-cadets.org for photos from the day

See details of the day 'CLICK' COMMONWEALTH FLAGS        http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-18295433

 A BIG BZ to everyone in TS BROADSWORD
 

 
TS DUKE OF YORK, Portrush Sea Cadets join HMS CHARGER to attend the Battle of Atlantic Service and Ceremonies in Londonderry - 5th. and 6th. May 2012 - keeping up with Sea Cadets 'slogan' LIVE THE ADVENTURE . . . . . .

TS DUKE OF YORK, Portrush Sea Cadets join HMS CHARGER to attend the Battle of Atlantic Service and Ceremonies in Londonderry - 5th. and 6th. May 2012 - keeping up with Sea Cadets 'slogan' LIVE THE ADVENTURE . . . . . .

Tendered to the Liverpool University Royal Naval Unit (URNU) since 1990, HMS CHARGER is based at Brunswick Dock on the site of the new Royal Naval Headquarters, Merseyside. The sixth ship to be named HMS CHARGER, she was built originally by Watercraft Limited, Shoreham, but completed and fitted out Vosper Thornycroft, being commissioned in June 1988. She has a displacement of 49 tonnes, a length of 68ft and a beam of 19ft.

Visiting Portrush from the 3rd. to the 6th. May 2012, the Commanding Officer took sea cadets and adult volunteers from Portrush to Londonderry on Saturday 5th; returning with a new cadet crew on Sunday 6th - the cadets received practical instruction on seamanship, navigation management and leadership, each cadet was allowed to 'drive' the ship.

Saturday was a memorable day - the arrival of the Unit' new seventeen-seat minibus, fully liveried in Sea Cadets refresh branding, very apt for the weekend for the cadets - LIVE THE ADVENTURE . . . . . . Not many young people, between the ages of 12 to 18 can say they have experienced life in a real Royal Navy ship. If you would like to Live The Adventure, come and join, Portrush Sea Cadets - telephone 028 708 25 999

 

 

Organised by the Royal Naval Association, the cadets and adult volunteers of Portrush Sea Cadets attended the Service of Commemoration on Sunday 6th May, the Battle of the Atlantic was the longest continuous military campaign in World War II lasting from 1939 to the defeat of Germany in 1945. It was at its height from mid-1940 through to the end of 1943. The Battle of the Atlantic pitted U-boats and other warships of the Kriegsmarine (German Navy) and aircraft of the Luftwaffe (German Air Force) against Allied merchant shipping. The convoys, coming mainly from North America and mainly going to the United Kingdom and the Soviet Union, were protected for the most part by the British and Canadian navies and air forces. These forces were aided by ships and aircraft of the United States from the 13th. September 1941.

From late 1940 to early 1942 HMS Venomous was part of the First Escort Group at Londonderry, Northern Ireland, which with the ships of the Royal Canadian Navy escorted the convoys across the Atlantic during the longest battle of the Second World War.

Some crew members came from Northern Ireland and others met their future wives there. And some like Jack Bolton did both. Jack did not fancy being a foot slogging soldier so travelled the seventy miles from his home to Belfast for a medical and joined the Royal Navy. After basic training at HMS Arthur in Skegness and a course as a torpedo-man at Devonport he was drafted to HMS Venomous at Londonderry in June 1942. The girl he was courting and later married was working in a shirt factory across the road from the naval base.

HMS VENOMOUS was a Short Range Escort (SRE) and left the convoys south of Iceland to dash into Havelfjord to refuel and usually remained there to escort the next incoming convoy but occasionally, as recalled by its RDF operator, "Freddo" Thomas and by Lt John Tucker RNR, rejoined the outgoing convoy and continued to Halifax, Nova Scotia.

The Canadian launch of A Hard Fought Ship took place at the Museum of the Atlantic in Halifax on the 18 June 2011. The author, Captain John A. Rodgaard USN (Ret),spoke about HMS Venomous and signed copies of his book. Moored alongside the Museum on the waterfront at Halifax is HMCS Sackville the last survivor of the 120 Canadian built corvettes which escorted the convoys to Londonderry.

Londonderry is particularly significant to sailors during the Battle of the Atlantic for providing much needed rest and relaxation to Allied sailors following convoy duty. During the course of the war at sea approximately 20,000 Royal Canadian Navy sailors made Derry their home-away-from-home, more than any other British port.

That special link remains today and on the 5 - 8 May 2011, Canadian naval veterans of the Second World War and their families, members of the Crow’s Nest (the wartime naval officers club in St Johns, Newfoundland); HMCS Sackville (the last surviving Canadian built wartime frigate) and the Nova Scotia Naval Officers Association (NSNOA) in Halifax and the Canadian and Edmonton Branch of the NOAC along with Captain (N) Harry Harsch, the Naval Attaché at the Canadian High Commission in London travelled to Londonderry to participate in ceremonies commemorating the Battle of the Atlantic and the loss of HMS Laurentic in 1917.

So successful was the pilgrimage that discussions are underway to plan a similar event in Halifax next year which would include St. John’s Newfoundland in the ceremonies. The Pilgrimage is tentatively called “On Triangle Run” to embrace the three communities linked by the longest battle of the Second World War.

The City of Derry has been named the Cultural Capital of the United Kingdom for 2013 , it is also the 70th anniversary of the turning of the tide against the U-Boats in 1943 during the Battle of the Atlantic, the Londonderry Branch of the Royal Naval Association (RNA) in conjunction with the Atlantic Chiefs and Petty Officer Association (ACPOA) has embarked on a project to install on the site of the stone frigate HMS Ferret (renamed HMS Sea Eagle after the war) a replica of the ACPOA’s Sailors’ Monument on the Halifax waterfront (right). Fundraising is underway and the RNA is hopeful that the monument – a tribute to the thousands of sailors from the Royal Navy, Royal Canadian Navy, US Navy, Free French, Free Dutch and Royal Indian Marine that called Londonderry home during the Second World War – will be in place for the 70th anniversary in 2013.

 
CELEBRATING SEVENTY YEARS (1942 - 2012) SERVING THE YOUTH OF PORTRUSH AND BEYOND - A NEW SEVENTEEN-SEAT METALLIC SILVER MINIBUS ARRIVES - 3rd. MAY 2012

CELEBRATING SEVENTY YEARS (1942 - 2012) SERVING THE YOUTH OF PORTRUSH AND BEYOND - A NEW SEVENTEEN-SEAT METALLIC SILVER MINIBUS ARRIVES - 3rd. MAY 2012

THE LIVERY - IS SEA CADETS REFRESH BRANDING THROUGHOUT with the slogan - LIVE THE ADVENTURE JOIN SEA CADETS PORTRUSH.

Everyone will see it . . . . . . on the road - AND, from above!

 

 
<p>1942 - 2012 - TO ASSIST CELEBRATE SEVENTY YEARS SERVING THE YOUTH OF PORTRUSH AND BEYOND

1942 - 2012 - TO ASSIST CELEBRATE SEVENTY YEARS SERVING THE YOUTH OF PORTRUSH AND BEYOND

1942 - 2012 - TO ASSIST CELEBRATE SEVENTY YEARS SERVING THE YOUTH OF PORTRUSH AND BEYOND - INTO FIVE COUNCIL AREAS OF: COLERAINE, BALLYMONEY, LIMAVADY, LONDONDERRY AND MOYLE - A NEW SEVENTEEN-SEAT METALLIC SILVER MINIBUS.  THE LIVERY IS THE SEA CADETS REFRESH BRANDING THROUGHOUT and the slogan - LIVE THE ADVENTURE JOIN SEA CADETS PORTRUSH

THE VEHICLE WILL BE DELIVERED ON TUESDAY 1st. MAY 2012.  BZ TO ALL IN PORTRUSH SEA CADETS . . . . . . . 

 
ASDA BAG-PACKING: Saturday 7th. April 2012

ASDA BAG-PACKING: Saturday 7th. April 2012

The generous and unselfish clientele of ASDA in Coleraine, helped allow the cadets of TS DUKE OF YORK, Portrush Sea Cadets and adult volunteers raise the staggering amount of £1,206 . 00.

Two very happy helpers; Sea Cadet, OC Carl Kennedy (14) and Unit Management Committee Treasurer, Mrs. Pamela McLean

Go to: NEWS  :  PICTURE GALLERY  :  VOLUNTEERING  : 4.

 
SEVENTY YEARS ON - DO YOU RECOGNISE ANY OF THESE FINE PEOPLE? IF SO, PLEASE GET IN TOUCH - LET US KNOW

SEVENTY YEARS ON - DO YOU RECOGNISE ANY OF THESE FINE PEOPLE? IF SO, PLEASE GET IN TOUCH - LET US KNOW

SEVENTY YEARS ON (2012) - DO YOU RECOGNISE ANY OF THESE FINE PEOPLE? IF SO, PLEASE GET IN TOUCH - LET US KNOW - Telephone 028 708 25 999       E-mail:  portrushseacadets@btconnect.com or, write a letter, have YOU any memorabilia of Unit 274? We would love to hear from you.

Photograph taken by Dr. Mant Martin, Christmas 1942, in Portrush Library (the old Portrush Town Hall)

(Left) Standing -   In Charge  Mr. Sugden

(Left) Seated -     Instructor  Mr. T. Gillespie

(Right) Standing - Chief Instructor   Mr. B. Strathdee

(Right) Seated -   Instructor Seated Mr. E. Bingham

Photograph supplied by Gordon Bell and S. Robinson

 
HMS CHARGER VISITS PORTRUSH FOR EASTER 2012 - 9th. - 11th. April

HMS CHARGER VISITS PORTRUSH FOR EASTER 2012 - 9th. - 11th. April

TS DUKE OF YORK, Portrush Sea Cadets - the cadets and adult volunteers were invited to take a look around a 'real' Royal Navy ship.

HMS CHARGER is based at Brunswick Dock on the site of the new Royal Naval Headquarters, Merseyside. The sixth ship to be named HMS CHARGER, commissioned in June 1988, displacement of 49 tonnes, a length of 68ft and a beam of 19ft.

After service with the Severn Division RNR at Bristol, she was transferred in October 1990 to the Liverpool University Royal Naval Unit, which was formed in October 1971 and is now located within Royal Naval Headquarters (RNHQ) Merseyside. Here the students receive instruction on seamanship, navigation management and leadership. HMS Charger provides the practical navigation and seamanship training at sea.

 For more photographs of the visit to HMS CHARGER, please go to - NEWS  :  PICTURE GALLERY  :  OFFSHORE :  1 & 2

 
DIGNITARIES TOUR THE RECENTLY REFURBISHED HEADQUARTERS AND TWO NEW EXTERIOR LECTURE ROOMS T.S. DUKE OF YORK, PORTRUSH SEA CADETS -  FRIDAY  23rd.MARCH 2012

DIGNITARIES TOUR THE RECENTLY REFURBISHED HEADQUARTERS AND TWO NEW EXTERIOR LECTURE ROOMS T.S. DUKE OF YORK, PORTRUSH SEA CADETS - FRIDAY 23rd.MARCH 2012

To commence celebrate their seventieth anniversary year, distinguished guests were invited to tour the refurbished Headquarters and two new lecture rooms of TS DUKE OF YORK, Portrush Sea Cadets, in Dunluce Avenue, Portrush on Friday 23rd. March. The move from Portrush Harbour - where the cadets commenced training in 1942, then - over the coal sheds, where Portrush Yacht Club is now situated, to their new building in Dunluce Avenue, it was built by adult volunteers and cadets in 1960. Fifty years later, the well-known Sea Cadet Unit in Portrush, with financial assistance by application to the Youth Capital Grant Scheme by the Department of Education.  The Unit Management Committee applied to the Department to upgrade the building, the Application was successful, to the 'tune' of £130,000 . 00, the funding was used to refurbish the entire main building, upgrading facilities for cadets and adult volunteers - new offices, galley, toilets (heads) suitable for people with disabilities, new lighting, central heating, fire and smoke alarm control systems, computer wiring throughout and, a 'Deck' area recently further fitted out with interesting nautical and Royal Navy memorabilia.

To further enhance and give much needed extra space to the Headquarters refurbished facilities, the Registered Charity raised funding on its own, to purchase two new exterior lecture rooms - one for training Sea Cadets (12 - 18 years of age), the other for Portrush Sea Cadets Detachment of Royal Marines Cadets (13 - 18 years of age). These fine buildings are interconnected with the central computer systems and teaching aids.

Attending the day of celebrations: Colonel Joan Christie OBE Lord-Lieutenant of and for the County of Antrim : Colonel Denis F. Desmond CBE Lord-Lieutenant of and for the County of Londonderry : Captain Mark Windsor Royal Navy Captain Sea Cadet Corps : Commander Peter C. D. Campbell LVO OBE DL Royal Navy President: Portrush Sea Cadets T. S. DUKE OF YORK : Commander Ian Allen RD RNR Commanding Officer HMS HIBERNIA : Commander Mark Buchan-Steele Royal Navy Area Officer (North) Sea Cadet Corps : Edward Montgomery Esq Representative: The Honourable The Irish Society : Barry Funston, Director of EMO, DCC Energy Limited - the Unit is honoured by the charitable generosity of the Company and, Wilson Briggs, Chairman and Managing Director of Alfred Briggs (Alwood) Limited - a presentation to Mr. Briggs in recognition of his generosity - a Boatswain's (Bosun's) Call and its history. Mr. Briggs recently donated bespoke fitted-furniture for the Wardroom, there was a special 'illuminated' address :  A. F. Ian McCullough Chairman, Portrush Sea Cadets T. S. DUKE OF YORK : Graham W. McLaughlin Vice-Chairman, Portrush Sea Cadets T. S. DUKE OF YORK : Mrs. Pamela A. McLean Treasurer: Portrush Sea Cadets T. S. DUKE OF YORK.

After the tour and presentation, the Chairman, TS DUKE OF YORK, Portrush Sea Cadets - the Chairman entertained his guests in the renowned 55° North Restaurant, with views overlooking the Arcadia, the East strand, Skerries Isles, part of Royal Portrush Golf Club, Isle of Jura and the Causeway Coast, everyone seated to enjoy a seafaring luncheon of gravadlax and special Sea Cadet Fish Pie

Chairman: TS DUKE OF YORK, Portrush Sea Cadets, A. F. Ian McCullough, with WIlson Briggs, Chairman and Managing Director - Alfred Briggs (Alwood) Limited and Captain Sea Cadet Corps, Captain Mark Windsor, Royal Navy - in the newly refurbished Sea Cadet building in Dunluce Avenue, Portrush. Mr. Briggs receiving an 'illuminated' address from the Unit for his generous gift of two fitted furniture shelving units for the Wardroom. (Friday 23rd March 2012)  For more photographs, go to: NEWS  :  PICTURE GALLERY  :  EVENTS  :  5 & 6 .

 
COLERAINE BOROUGH COUNCIL COMMUNITY ENDEAVOUR AWARDS 2012

COLERAINE BOROUGH COUNCIL COMMUNITY ENDEAVOUR AWARDS 2012

15th March 2012 - Bann Gallery, Coleraine Borough Council Offices.

Waiting patiently with others - for the Awards Ceremony to commence and, the announcement of recipients

MC Jamie Gardner (16)

OC Christopher Wilson-Wright (14)

OC Carl Kennedy (14)

First-Lieutenant PO (SCC) Deborah Brogan

We've been recognised, pictured with other representatives from local community groups and, The Mayor of Coleraine Borough, Alderman Maurice Bradley.

OC Christopher Wilson-Wright (14)

MC Jamie Gardner (16)

OC Carl Kennedy (14)

 
SPECIAL BESPOKE FILING AND STORAGE UNITS FOR THE WARDROOM (8th. MARCH 2012)

SPECIAL BESPOKE FILING AND STORAGE UNITS FOR THE WARDROOM (8th. MARCH 2012)

Made to special order by Alfred Briggs (Alwood) Limited, Shaerf Drive, Lurgan, County Armagh, BT66 8DD - donated to the Unit by Wilson Briggs, Chairman and Managing Director. Space is always at a premium in the Unit Headquarters, with these two wonderful and most useful new items of furniture - it will make office life utopia!

Thank you - Mr. Briggs, your generosity is very much appreciated by cadets and adult volunteers.

 
SEA CADETS  - NEW ON-LINE SHOP

SEA CADETS - NEW ON-LINE SHOP

In the latest of new developments for Sea Cadets, the on-line shop is now open for business.

Selling a number of new clothing items for Sea Cadets and volunteers including the option to customise them with a unit crest or name. Also available for purchase are existing items like badges, boat parts and other accessories.

This new service is provided by Sea Cadets Stores, who normally provide a mail order service but have decided to enter the world of e-commerce following a recent review of products and services offered.

The shop has been launched with a limited range of items initially, this will increase throughout the year with the introduction of Royal Marines Cadets branded items and further accessories.

It couldn’t be simpler to sign up, all you need is an email address to create an account, set up a password and you’re ready to shop.

Payment is easy too; we accept PayPal, credit / debit cards, cheques made payable to Marine Society & Sea Cadets or, on collection from stores.

To visit the shop go to: www.seacadetshop.org

 
SEA CADETS FIVE-A-SIDE FOOTBALL CHAMPIONSHIPS - GOSPORT

SEA CADETS FIVE-A-SIDE FOOTBALL CHAMPIONSHIPS - GOSPORT

North-West are FIVE-a-SIDE Foorball Champions!

Teams from all over the country travelled to Gosport to compete in the four classes - Junior Girls, Junior Boys, Senior Girls and Senior Boys - for the National 5-a-side, with the ultimate goal of returning with the Lord Burnham Trophy awarded to the winning area.

The atmosphere was competitive but friendly as teams cheered each other on. Eastern Area took the Wilmott Cup for the Senior Girls, OC A Gregory from London Area, OC G Phillips from Northern Ireland and OC M Watt from Northern Ireland took player of the match for Junior Girls, Senior Girls and Junior Boys respectively.

However, the overwhelming winners were North West Area who took the Wain Cup for Junior Girls home with them, the Ganges Cup for Junior Boys, the Guinness Cup for Senior Boys and the Lord Burnham Trophy for overall winning area, as well as Cpl C Woods winning player of the match in the Senior Boys competition.

CSC, Captain Mark Windsor Royal Navy, took to the pitch in a friendly match along with two Area Officers.

Congratulations go out to all the cadets who showed great sportsmanship throughout and to the volunteers and staff who worked behind the scenes, making the event run smoothly.

 

"Ready Aye Ready"

Assembled and . . . . "Ready Aye Ready" - for the Submariners Annual Remembrance Service and Parade in Dervock, County Antrim, Saturday 3rd. March 2012:

PO (SCC) Deborah Brogan (1st Lieutenant); OC Christopher Wilson-Wright;       MC Jamie Gardner; AC Shanice Patrick; Unit Assistant, Mr. Robert Brogan

 
REFRESH - RECRUITING and ADVERTISING BANNERS FOR T.S. DUKE OF YORK - PORTRUSH SEA CADETS and PORTRUSH ROYAL MARINES CADETS

REFRESH - RECRUITING and ADVERTISING BANNERS FOR T.S. DUKE OF YORK - PORTRUSH SEA CADETS and PORTRUSH ROYAL MARINES CADETS

Celebrating their seventieth anniversary: 1942 - 2012, Portrush Sea Cadets, Training Ship - T.S. DUKE OF YORK is making a concerted effort, encouraging more young people to know the advantages of joining Sea Cadets; as a Sea Cadet or, a Royal Marines Cadet.

Featuring the MSSC personalised web site -

sea-cadets.org/portrush

Unit telephone number 028 708 25 999

and

e-mail contact  portrushseacadets@btconnect.com

The banners are displayed to the exterior of the recently refurbished Headquarter buildings at 16 Dunluce Avenue, Portrush, BT56 8DW and, Coleraine Marina - where cadets and adult volunteers train; rowing in the three new TRINITY 500's, sailing, canoeing and power-boating in the two new Rigiflex boats: centre console and tiller.

A BUSY DAY PLACING THE 'N' INTO NAUTICAL . . . . . . DECORATING THE 'DECK' WITH ROYAL NAVY HISTORY

Cadets and Adult Volunteer staff worked all weekend - 10th and 11th. March 2012, washing, cleaning and fixing over one hundred crests, plaques and shields from various Royal Navy ships, memorabilia of HMS DUKE OF YORK was looked after with special care and attention.

 
T.S. JOHN JERWOOD - PORTRUSH SEA CADETS - FULL CREW FOR TEN DAYS - ENDING 20th SEPTEMBER 2008 IN CARRICKFERGUS FOR THE NATIONAL SAILING REGATTA.

T.S. JOHN JERWOOD - PORTRUSH SEA CADETS - FULL CREW FOR TEN DAYS - ENDING 20th SEPTEMBER 2008 IN CARRICKFERGUS FOR THE NATIONAL SAILING REGATTA.

Portrush Sea Cadets 'manned', as full crew under training in T.S. JOHN JERWOOD for ten days, commencing on the west coast of Scotland, the Scottish Isles to Carrickfergus, ending on the 20th. September 2008. The cadets cooked a buffet luncheon for special guests onboard. At the same time, they were able to observe the emergency rehearsal rescue with the RNLI and Royal Navy Rescue helicopter at sea in Belfast Lough.

 

 
NAMING AND LAUNCHING OF TRINITY 500 ROWING BOAT - 'RAMORE' : Mrs. Annick Desmond

NAMING AND LAUNCHING OF TRINITY 500 ROWING BOAT - 'RAMORE' : Mrs. Annick Desmond

The RAMORE headland takes in the West Bay and Portrush Harbour- where Portrush Sea Cadets were formed in 1942 – the Unit building was above the coal shed, now the modern premises of Coleraine Yacht Club.

 
PRESENTATION OF NEW BOATSWAINS CALL TROPHY TO T.S. WOLTEMADE, CAPE TOWN,  SOUTH AFRICA, by PORTRUSH SEA CADETS, T.S. DUKE OF YORK.

PRESENTATION OF NEW BOATSWAINS CALL TROPHY TO T.S. WOLTEMADE, CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA, by PORTRUSH SEA CADETS, T.S. DUKE OF YORK.

PRESENTATION MADE ON BEHALF OF T.S. DUKE OF YORK, by Mr. Michael  J. Pinner, London - Honorary Secretary, The Seven Seas Club and The Baxter and Grimshaw Trust, the Commanding Officer of T.S. WOLTEMADE, Commander (SCC) Philip Miller (is, to the right of the photograph)

The Admiral Hallifax Bosun's Call Trophy. This trophy is awarded to the Cadet who is the most proficient in the use of the boatswain's call on board T.S. WOLTEMADE. In 2011, the trophy was awarded to Petty Officer Chantay Taylor who is a female Cadet.

Petty Officer C. Taylor marches up smartly to Mr. Michael Pinner - Secretary Seven Seas Club and, Baxter and Grimshaw Trust, to receive the Admiral Hallifax Bosun's Trophy.

Michael Pinner presents Petty Officer C. Taylor The Admiral Hallifax Bosun's Call Trophy and, the specially inscribed Bosun's Call donated by T.S. DUKE OF YORK, Portrush Sea Cadets to T.S. WOLTEMADE. Commander Philip Miller (OC of TS WOLTEMADE) on the right looking on.

 
PRESENTATION FOUL ANCHOR WILLOW SCULPTURES

PRESENTATION FOUL ANCHOR WILLOW SCULPTURES

PRESENTATION FOUL ANCHOR WILLOW SCULPTURES
by Louise McLean
3D Artist
Award winning specialist designer in 'live' and static Willow Sculpture

Louise McLean is a artist / designer qualified in several disciplines of traditional and contemporary craft practice: Willow sculpture and Woodcarving. The sculptural side of her work uses 'Living' and 'Non-living' willow.

On the occasion of the naming and launching of their five new boats: three TRINITY 500 rowing boats and two powerboats – HI SOCIETY, RATHLIN, DUNLUCE, RAMORE and CAUSEWAY, foul anchor willow sculptures were commissioned by Portrush Sea Cadets. T.S. DUKE OF YORK . Louise accepted the challenge; five foul anchors, handcrafted from LOCAL willow, all grown in Portrush.

13th June 2011 Boat Launch Ceremony, the Chairman of Portrush Sea Cadets, A. F. Ian McCullough, thanking Mrs. Louise McLean 3D Artist Award winning specialist designer in 'live' and static Willow Sculpture for her detailed work making the five presentation foul willow anchors

13th June 2011 Boat Launch Ceremony Mrs. Louise McLean 3D Artist Award winning specialist designer in 'live' and static Willow Sculpture, receiving a bouquet of South AfricanPoinsettias

 
MAKING PORTRUSH SEA CADET TRAINING COUNT

MAKING PORTRUSH SEA CADET TRAINING COUNT

MAKING SEA CADET TRAINING COUNT - NVQ AWARDS, BELFAST CITY HALL, 19th.OCTOBER 2010, THE LORD-LIEUTENANT OF AND FOR THE CITY OF BELFAST, DAME MARY PETERS DBE

Mrs. Joan Christie OBE

Lieutenant (SCC) David G. Philpot RMR, Officer-in-Charge.  

Cadets - Eimile Sherman and Stuart Phillips, each passed with Distinction.

 
PRESENTATION OF ILLUMINATED ADDRESS BY REAR-ADMIRAL MARTIN ALABASTER CBE MA MSc CEng FIET, TO LIEUTENANT (SCC) DAVID  G. PHILPOT RMR, OFFICER-in-CHARGE

PRESENTATION OF ILLUMINATED ADDRESS BY REAR-ADMIRAL MARTIN ALABASTER CBE MA MSc CEng FIET, TO LIEUTENANT (SCC) DAVID G. PHILPOT RMR, OFFICER-in-CHARGE

 

 

 

On the occasion of his twenty-five years continuity in Portrush Sea Cadets, T.S. DUKE OF YORK, as cadet and adult volunteer.  The Flag Officer, FOSNNI and Flag Officer Reserves, presented Philpot with a Bosun's Call framed Illuminated Address, together with the history of the Bosun's / Boatswains Call.

 
NAMING AND LAUNCHING OF RIGIFLEX POWERBOAT

NAMING AND LAUNCHING OF RIGIFLEX POWERBOAT

NAMING AND LAUNCHING OF RIGIFLEX POWERBOAT c/w TILLER CONTROL MERCURY ENGINE - 'CAUSEWAY' : The Lord-Lieutenant of and in the County of Antrim Colonel Joan Christie OBE

The Giant's Causeway (known in Irish as Clochán an Aifir or Clochán na bhFómharach) is an area of about 40,000 interlocking basalt columns, the result of an ancient volcanic eruption. It is located in a few miles away from the Unit HQ on the northeast coast. Known locally - as the 'CAUSEWAY', the area was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1986 and a National Reserve in 1987. The Giant's Causeway is today owned and managed by the National Trust, it is the single most popular tourist attraction in Northern Ireland.

 
NAMING AND LAUNCHING OF TRINITY 500 ROWING BOAT

NAMING AND LAUNCHING OF TRINITY 500 ROWING BOAT

NAMING AND LAUNCHING OF TRINITY 500 ROWING BOAT - 'DUNLUCE' :  The Deputy Mayor of Coleraine Borough - Councillor William King MBE

 

 

The limestone cliffs of the White Rocks ends abruptly against a dark basalt outcrop which is majestically 'crowned' by Dunluce Castle, joined to the mainland by an arched walkway, underneath lies the ' Mermaid's Cave'.

 
TIDY Northern Ireland, WHITEROCKS BEACH,  PORTRUSH

TIDY Northern Ireland, WHITEROCKS BEACH, PORTRUSH

Coastal enthusiasts Portrush Sea Cadets gathered on Portrush, Whiterocks beach to celebrate the launch of TIDY Northern Ireland’s Clean Coast Programme, spelling out the need for environmental change to protect Northern Ireland’s fragile coastline.

  

Northern Ireland’s coastline is enjoyed by over 2 million visitors per year but in order to keep it that way communities must take responsibility for their beaches, keep them clean and uphold their natural beauty. The Clean Coast Programme provides a great way for people to be proactive in doing this.

 
SERVICE OF DEDICATION OF THE ROYAL NAVY ENSIGN OF HMS CAROLINE, THURSDAY 31st. MARCH 2011

SERVICE OF DEDICATION OF THE ROYAL NAVY ENSIGN OF HMS CAROLINE, THURSDAY 31st. MARCH 2011

Letter of invitation from the Commanding Officer:

 

Dear ex-CAROLINE’s and Friends,

SERVICE OF DEDICATION OF THE ROYAL NAVY ENSIGN OF HMS CAROLINE ST ANNE’S CATHEDRAL, BELFAST – THURSDAY 31st. MARCH 2011

After 96 years of faithful service to the Royal Navy, HMS CAROLINE the World War One light cruiser will finally decommission on Thursday 31 March 2011.

A short service of decommissioning will be held onboard the ship in the early afternoon, which will be attended by serving personnel only. I regret that this is due to the dormant state of the ship systems and the lack of facilities available to support a larger public event.

On completion of the decommissioning ceremony the intention is that the Ships Ensign will be moved to St Anne’s Cathedral, Belfast where it will be laid up as a permanent tribute to the link between the Ship and the City of Belfast, which has been her home for the past 87 years and to the many thousands of men and women who served in her during her illustrious and lengthy career.

To mark this most special of occasions I would like to invite you to attend the Service of Dedication at St Anne’s which will commence at 3.00pm. I do hope that you will be able to join us to say goodbye to an old and dear friend.

I look forward to seeing you on the day.

 

 

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