Congratulations to this year's national trophy and award winners, announced today.

Flitwick & Ampthill has won the coveted Canada Trophy, which is awarded to the unit considered to have attained the highest standard over the year. Portsmouth has secured the Thomas Gray Memorial Trophy, which is the runner-up to the Canada Trophy and was won last year by Scarborough and, finally, South Sheilds took home the Captain’s Cup.

Captain Sea Cadets, Captain Phil Russell, said: "Overall the standards this year were really high, so choosing a winner was a very difficult task. All of the nominees are doing an excellent job in delivering the Sea Cadets experience, however, a special mention must go to Flitwick & Ampthill who’s cadet focused approach stood out a little further than the rest."

Other awards and trophies include:

Stephenson Trophy: Flitwick & Ampthill, Southwark, South Shields, Barrow in Furness, Portsmouth, and Tewkesbury

McBeath Trophy: Richmond

Captain Roddie Casement Sword: SC/Lt (SCC) James Thompson RNR, London

Next year's Gibraltar Cup contenders were also revealed. They are:

Eastern Area: Sheffield

London Area: Chelmsford

Northern Area: Queensferry

North West Area: Preston

Southern Area: Caterham

South West Area: Redditch & Bromsgrove

You can view the full list of winners here.

NCS Graduation 2018

NCS Graduation 2018

This year, 40 participants of the Sea Cadets National Citizen Service programme attended a graduation ceremony in Bristol to celebrate their success.

The event took place at Engineer’s House, with special guests Vice Lord Lieutenant Dr Timothy Graham, Lord Mayor of Bristol Councillor Cleo Lake and Captain and Cdr Morton AO SW in attendance.

A Day At The Races

A Day At The Races

Sea Cadets from all over Severn District (SW Area) took part in a day of commemorations which culminated the end of acts of 100 years Remembrance within the County of Gloucestershire on Sunday. Gloucestershire Sea Cadets and staff supported the event commencing with a ‘return from the front’ steam train from Toddington GWSR station arriving at the racecourse platform (CO and 2 cadets from Tewkesbury) joining the larger parade of 40 cadets and staff forming part of the Tri Service contingents parading. Outgoing Lord Lt (Dame Janet Trotter CVO DBE OBE) and incoming Lord Lt (Edward Gillespie OBE) were present commending the smartness and thanking all concerned, organised by Lord Rupert DeMauley culminated with a March past for HRH Princess Royal. WW1 Aircraft display, WW1 re-enactments, the part Horses played in the War all formed the backdrop of the days displays and activities. 20000 visitors looked over the act of remembrance and parade, not least the 4Million viewers on ITV and Channel 4 racing Live on Sunday. We were joined by contingents from The Rifles, Mounted Cavalry, Waterloo Band of the Rifles, The Glosters, ACF, CCF, ATC.

Cadets take part in Lord Mayor's Show

Cadets take part in Lord Mayor's Show

On 10th November more than 100 sea cadets from London Area took part in the annual Lord Mayor's show in central London.

Cadets took part in the parade, which was widely televised, alongside many other armed forces groups and other prominent London-based organisations.

The London Area band were supported by musicians from across the corps, for a truly impressive spectacle. 

Laura Bingham at Thrapston Boat Station

Laura Bingham at Thrapston Boat Station

On October 24, Laura Bingham, an explorer and social media influencer with over 40,000 followers on Instagram, visited Thrapston Boat Station to see how cadets spent their half-term break. Needless to say, she was impressed! From windsurfing to powerboating sailing, the cadets showed Laura their skills on the water and what Sea Cadets is all about.

The cadets were all in different stages of their development, and by the end of the day you could really see the improvement

"Hearing laughter from the cadets, is why we're here," said Neil who is the manager of Thrapston Boat Station. "On days like this, you just can't beat it," added Sam, an Instructor at Thrapston Boat Station. 

Find out more about Laura here, and keep an eye out for her interview in the next edition of The Sea Cadet, hitting doors later this month. 

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