Sail­ing fun for Navy Cadets

Whitsunday Times - - ON THE WATER -

EVEN a sud­den down­pour could not de­ter the 18 Navy Cadets who took to the Whit­sun­day wa­ters for sail train­ing ex­er­cises last Satur­day.

The cadets, from the lo­cal unit New Train­ing Ship (NTS) Whit­sun­day, as­sem­bled their two Cor­sairs at Shin­g­ley Beach, be­fore hit­ting the wa­ter for some wind-driven fun.

NTS Whit­sun­day com­mand­ing of­fi­cer, Sub-Lieu­tenant James Lang, said the Cor­sairs were ca­pa­ble of tak­ing five peo­ple at a time, “but we gen­er­ally op­er­ate with three”.

Sub Lt Lang said con­se­quently, there was ‘turn-tak­ing’ in­volved, with some cadets in the safety boat, while oth­ers were in the Cor­sairs.

“Then after 20 min­utes or so we do a boat trans­fer from safety boat to sail­ing boat, mid-wa­ter,” he ex­plained.

“It means the cadets learn all the as­pects of sail­ing po­si­tions in the Cor­sair, as well as how to drive the safety boat.”

Sub Lt Lang said after Satur­day’s ini­tial down­pour, the weather cleared “and was pic­ture per­fect for the rest of the day”.

The cadets sailed along­side the outer wall of the Abell Point Ma­rina in an ideal 15knot breeze.

Cadets from NTS Whit­sun­day en­joy on-wa­ter ac­tiv­i­ties ev­ery sec­ond Satur­day, which in­clude sail­ing, kayak­ing, power boat­ing and fish­ing.

“And ev­ery fifth week or so is a ma­jor camp – ei­ther lo­cally or at Townsville or Mackay,” Sub Lt Lang said.

This week­end, the cadets are head­ing to Townsville for a spe­cial camp from Oc­to­ber 17-19.

Sub Lt Lang said here, they would ex­pe­ri­ence a .22 ri­fle shoot on the RAAF base fir­ing range, as well as par­tic­i­pa­tion in in­ter-unit sail­ing and kayak­ing com­pe­ti­tions.

The event will also fea­ture a Hal­loween party.

“So they’ve got to get dressed up,” he said.

Another fairly im­me­di­ate fo­cus for the unit will be find­ing a more per­ma­nent and ded­i­cated base.

NTS Whit­sun­day is cur­rently run from a con­tainer at the Whit­sun­day PCYC, but fol­low­ing re­cent break-ins, Sub Lt Lang says they are look­ing for some­where that’s “safe and se­cure” to take a two-year lease.

With an es­ti­mated bill of about $30,000, the unit is pre- par­ing to start some com­mu­nity fundrais­ing ini­tia­tives to fur­ther that cause. Any con­tri­bu­tions made are tax de­ductible. Any­one in­ter­ested in help­ing NTS Whit­sun­day is asked to con­tact Sub Lt James Lang on 0402 479 483.

TEAM­WORK: Many hands made light work when the Whit­sun­day Navy Cadets took to the wa­ters off Shin­g­ley Beach last Satur­day.

GET­TING WET: Even a sud­den down­pour didn't de­ter the Whit­sun­day Navy Cadets, who launched their sail­ing dinghies from Shin­g­ley Beach on Satur­day morn­ing.

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