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Swadlincote Air Cadet Tests The Water

Article posted: Feb 27, 2012 by Flt Lt Rayson-Flynn

An Air Cadet from the 1211 (Swadlincote) Squadron ATC has taken a break from flying to embark upon a weeklong sailing course.

Cadet Sergeant Joy Wakeling, 17, sailed aboard the Tall Ship Royalist, a ninety-eight feet long square-rigged sailing ship, along with twenty-three other Cadets from the Corps.

She fondly reflected: “The course aimed to reinforce our teamwork and leadership training, and taught us sailing skills to an advanced level.

“Life on-board was very different from anything I’ve experienced before. Our days started at 06:30 and we had to be on the foredeck and ready for work by 06:50. We slept on three-tier bunks and each had a locker the size of a shoebox to store all our kit.

“We sailed across Christchurch and Poole Bay, and also to Southampton at the end of the week. We learnt how to climb rigging, tidy and set the sails, secure lines, and steer and tack the ship. We also kept the ship clean and tidy and polished brass work in our spare time.

“This sailing course has been one of the best experiences of my Air Cadet career and my thanks go to Squadron Leader Cope, Colour Sergeant Jackson and all the crew of the Royalist. It was a truly brilliant opportunity and I’ve made some very good friends.”

CI O Sartain-Berry