On Saturday 8th June I was invited down to the Royal Victoria docks boat station. It was a very important day as it was the launching of the RS21 keelboats.
The event didn't commence until the afternoon, this meant that the morning was free to take some juniors out that had never been sailing before to gain some experience on the water. Fun was had by all and this helped to give the younger cadets confidence in sailing for the first time.
Before everyone arrived there was a lot of work to be done. The three new RS21 needed to be rigged and ready to go. It had finally come to the time where the guests had arrived, men turned up in shirts and ties and ladies in dresses and heels. However, what the didn't realise is that they were going to get the chance to sail our new RS21’s. Although unexpected everyone was happy to gear up in foul weather gear ready to sail. This was a thrilling experience as they all came off buzzing with the excitement of these shiny new boats.
Now was our chance. I had been waiting patiently all day to get the chance to sail. I have previous experience sailing keelboats as having been part of the keelboat academy at TS Rebel but this was a whole new experience.
I am very grateful for the generosity of Sir Stelios for providing the opportunity for many sea cadets like myself to experience and gain qualifications on these boats nationally.
- Leading Cadet Madeleine, Walton On The Naze