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TEIGN VALLEY CADETS JOIN FIRST LEG OF RENDEZ-VOUS 2017 TALL SHIPS REGATTA

TEIGN VALLEY CADETS JOIN FIRST LEG OF RENDEZ-VOUS 2017 TALL SHIPS REGATTA

27/04/2017

Two Teign Valley Sea Cadets are making their way to Portugal by water after securing places on the first leg of the transatlantic Rendez-Vous 2017 Tall Ships Regatta.

Able Cadet Jake and Able Cadet Lewis are heading to Sines on board Jolie Brise and are expected to arrive at their destination this weekend. The 17-year-olds are representing Teignmouth on the voyage and have joined crew on one of the world’s most famous tall ships – but for one of them, there was little time to prepare.

Lewis, who has been a cadet for about four years, was asked if he wanted to join the ship just hours before it left Torbay after one young person dropped out and, later that afternoon, he was at the harbour ready to leave.

His dad, Matthew, said: “He was a bit shell-shocked when we got the call. He just put some clothes in a bag and then headed down. The short notice was probably a good thing, in a way, as he had no time to think about it or get nervous.”

Jake and Lewis are being sponsored by Teignmouth Town Council on the first leg of the voyage, with Jake having joined the tall ship in London, where it was berthed for Greenwich Tall Ships Festival.

His mum, Sue, said: “When he found out that he had been selected for Jolie Brise, he was amazed, but very, very happy. He's in sixth-form, and he had to stay on after school for three or four weeks, and had to go in over the Easter holidays, to put in the extra time he will miss. He's also got homework to do while he's away, if he can get on to the internet. He's very dedicated.”

Teignmouth’s Mayor, Councillor Terry Falcão, said: “What is wonderful is the generosity of both Dauntsey’s for offering the places and Wetherspoon by offering to raise funds towards the cost of the fees, which might otherwise have been an obstacle to some candidates. I am looking forward to hearing about the trip upon their return.”

 
LONDON MARATHON RUNNER RAISES MONEY FOR SEA CADETS

LONDON MARATHON RUNNER RAISES MONEY FOR SEA CADETS

24/04/2017

A dad who has lost more than seven stone after being told his health was seriously at risk ran the London Marathon to raise money for Wandsworth, Chelsea and Fulham Sea Cadets.

Tom Burgess, 36, completed the 26.2-mile course in four hours and 37 minutes. In March last year, he weighed 23 stone and had dangerously high blood pressure, but lost weight after a trip to his GP.

“I’m happy to be raising money for Sea Cadets, as it will help children towards a brighter future," said Tom. "I know the money raised for the unit will make a real difference to the young people and volunteers. It’s an amazing cause.

“The benefits of running are amazing. Mentally, I feel better. The adrenaline rush after is great. And the change when you look in the mirror, and when people start noticing, pushes you. I absolutely love it.”

Speaking about the race, he added: "It was an incredible experience. The atmosphere was amazing, and running the last kilometre with everyone shouting my name is something I will never forget.

"It was tough, and it was made harder because it was so busy and I was dodging people – I actually ran 27 miles instead of the 26.2 – but I have already decided I want to do it again next year."

To donate to Tom, visit: https://mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/thomasburgess1. You can also follow his weight-loss journey on Instagram via: https://www.instagram.com/burgessking1/

 
SLATER FUND INCREASE

SLATER FUND INCREASE

21/04/2017

Marine Society are delighted to announce that the Slater Trustees have agreed to increase the Slater award to £18,500, plus a £1,500 completion bonus, meaning that the total value of the scholarship is now £20,000.  This increase celebrates 40 years of the scholarship (since 1977) and the Slater Trustees are planning to create a logo which we can use to promote the fund.

The fund was established in memory of former MNAOA General Secretary John William Slater. In the last 10 years over 1000 seafarers have benefitted and the value of the fund has increased from £2,500 to the new amount. 

 
HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO OUR PATRON, THE QUEEN

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO OUR PATRON, THE QUEEN

21/04/2017

Marine Society and Sea Cadets would like to wish our patron, Her Majesty the Queen, a very happy birthday.

The monarch celebrates her 91st birthday today and is expected to mark the occasion privately. This is in contrast to her 90th last year, which was celebrated across the country, with many - including Sea Cadets - lighting beacons in her honour.

Marine Society and Sea Cadets' royal association goes back many years. In 1899, Sea Cadets received royal recognition when Queen Victoria presented the Windsor unit with £10 for uniforms. Cadets also took part in the Thames Pageant for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and have greeted the Queen on royal visits.

Marine Society, meanwhile, dates back to 1756 and was founded when Britain was on the brink of war with Europe. The 250th anniversary of the charity on HMS Albion in Greenwich was attended by Queen Elizabeth II.

 
SEA CADET FINISHES THIRD IN DEVIZES TO WESTMINSTER CANOE RACE

SEA CADET FINISHES THIRD IN DEVIZES TO WESTMINSTER CANOE RACE

18/04/2017

Leading Cadet Simon finished third in the famous Devizes to Westminster Canoe Race over the Easter weekend.

The 17-year-old, who attends Reading Unit, took on the 125-mile race with Stephen, also 17, and secured the bronze medal in a time of 17 hours, 26 minutes and 31 seconds. They competed against 90 other pairs in the 15-18 category, kayaking for long periods – including more than five hours on one day – without any rest.

Simon, who is currently revising for his A-Levels, said: “It’s a very difficult thing to be doing. It is mentally and physically demanding, but the hardest part is the mental side of it.

“You stay on a campsite in-between, and you make friends with different people and get through it together. You just hope it won’t hurt the next day – but it does! I’m still aching quite a bit now.

“Training involved a lot of long paddles. Every weekend we would be doing 20 miles. It was tough.”

Simon is hoping to go to Plymouth University to study mechanical engineering, with the view to becoming an officer in the Royal Navy. He has been kayaking since he was young and has taken part in the race, which starts in Devizes, Wiltshire, and ends in Westminster, London, twice before.

 
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