Over 450 cadets enjoyed the weather and the competitive experience as Sea Cadets staged their National Combined Regatta at London’s Royal Docks/Excel Centre.
Cadets were vocal and excited to take part in an event which tested their water-based skills in rowing, paddlesports and boat handling.
Sportsmanship was particularly on show when a Northern Area cadet stopped in the closing stages of his race, giving up his chance to win so that he could help a fellow competitor in difficulties.
Acts such as this demonstrate some of Sea Cadets’ core values to their finest –courage to do the right thing, respect, honesty and integrity.
It was Southern Area who won overall classes in three sections – Trinity Rowing, Yole Rowing and Boat Handling – while taking a share with Eastern Area in the overall Paddlesports category.
Strong, consistent performances from Salisbury’s cadets saw Southern Area take the Trinity Rowing section by just a point from the unfortunate Eastern Area (Scarborough. Worksop and Northampton).
Salisbury again combined with Westerham to narrowly claim the Yole Rowing title, the Badger Cup from South West Area (Tewkesbury and Coventry).
It was another tight competition in Boat Handling, where Salisbury, Sheppey and Herne Bay nudged Southern Area ahead of both South West Area (Milford Haven, Rugby/Shirley and Neath) and North West Area (Fleetwood and Maryport & Solway) again by the smallest of margins.
But strong performances from Eastern Area prevented Southern Area from a clean sweep by taking a share of the Paddlesports title.
Captain Philip Russell RN, Captain of the Sea Cadets said, “It’s been another highly successful National Combined Regatta with the cadets learning new skills and having an enormous amount of fun.”
“Many thanks for all the hard work of the volunteers who prepare the teams, those who give up their time to make this event happen and especially the cadets who will take lasting, positive memories of the day home with them.”
Following the regatta, Northern Area’s Captain Peter Adams received thanks for his support of Sea Cadets’ competitions prior to his retirement.
In addition, Lt Cdr Dennis Archbold who runs Fleetwood Sea Cadets received 5th Bar to his Cadet Forces Medal in honour of his long service.
Lt Cdr Frank Cea received his Queen’s Commissioning Scroll as HQ Staff Officer for Boats.
Full results are available here