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Success for Sea Cadets
IT WAS all hands on deck last week when a group of St Albans sea cadets took part in a gruelling residential dinghy sailing course in North London.
A number of the sea cadets scooped Royal Yachting Association (RYA) certificates, which recognises basic sailing skills, during the week-long course at the Welsh Harp Sea Cadets Training Centre "I really enjoyed it and learnt a lot. I met loads of nice people and would definitely do it again," said Sandridge resident Tom Oakley, who managed to pass the RYA Stage 2 exam.
He added: "It's great preparation for the week I've got in May on the sea cadets' tallship, TS Royalist. I love sailing and the sea cadets certainly gives me loads of opportunities to do it."
Other successful cadets included London Colney youngsters Sam Proudfoot, who also passed the RYA Stage 2, Jake Hughes who passed the RYA Stage 3, and Scott Allday who gained the RYA Stage 4.
Although there was not enough wind to sail on the first day of the course, Tom and Jake managed to make up for it the following day by capsizing one of the robust Bosun dinghies.
Luckily capsize recovery was part of their training. The pair also sailed in Toppers and Laser Picos.
St Albans Sea Cadets is open to youngsters aged 10 to 18 years. The group always welcomes new faces.
For details visit www.stalbans-seacadets.org.uk