Sea Cadets celebrate record breaking dragon boat victory

St Albans & Harpenden Review: Sea Cadets celebrate record breaking dragon boat victory Sea Cadets celebrate record breaking dragon boat victory

The St Albans Sea Cadets as took to the water and won the Herts Dragon Boat race.

Both staff and cadets participated in the race on Saturday, June 7, in an effort to raise money for the RNLI.

The event took place at Fairlands Sailing Club, Stevenage, and brought together teams from across all of Hertfordshire.

Not only did the Sea Cadet team win all their races, they broke records in the final with a time of one minute 18 seconds, despite being a member down.

Steve Heard, officer in charge at TS St Albans, said: "Paddling a Dragon Boat was a new experience for us all. It was great fun and we look forward to defending our title in 2015."

On Sunday, June 8, the Sea Cadets launched their new Trinity 500 boat on Verulamium Park Lake.

Family and friends of the cadets, as well as St Albans Mayor Annie Brewster and former Olympic rower Ian Lawson also attended.

Mayor Brewster, who launched the Trinity, said: "This is a historic moment, the lake is beautiful with its wildlife. Bt the lake is also for people, and who better than St Albans Sea Cadets."

The lake has been out of use by Sea Cadets following the burning of their boat shed in the early 1970s. It is hoped that the Trinity will open up the area for future activities.

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