Solid week­end of sail­ing for Navy cadets

Whitsunday Times - - ON THE WATER -

FIF­TEEN of the Whit­sun­day Navy Cadets took ad­van­tage of the week­end’s great weather to pack in two solid sail­ing ses­sions on Satur­day and Sun­day.

NTS Whit­sun­day Com­mand­ing Of­fi­cer, Sub Lieu­tenant James Lang, said the cadets based them­selves out of Flame­tree Car­a­van Park for their week­end camp, which they set up on Fri­day af­ter­noon.

“It’s a fan­tas­tic lo­ca­tion al­low­ing the cadets to camp un­der can­vas and be fully self­suf­fi­cient in terms of things like re­frig­er­a­tion and feed­ing them­selves,” he said.

On Satur­day morn­ing the cadets and staff were up bright and early for their first sail­ing ses­sion of the week­end, launch­ing the unit’s two Cor­sairs at Shin­g­ley Beach and head­ing off to ex­plore the bay be­tween Pi­geon Is­land and Abell Point Ma­rina.

With the ex­cep­tion of a break for lunch un­der the shady trees at Shin­g­ley Park, the cadets spent a to­tal of six hours in the wa­ter, prac­tis­ing sail­ing to and fro and learn­ing the as­pects of dif­fer­ent po­si­tions on the jib and main sheets and at the helm.

Sub Lt Lang said thanks to the gen­eros­ity of man­age­ment at the Abell Point Ma­rina, the cadets were able to leave the Cor­sairs fully rigged and berthed for the night, while they re­turned to camp for some well earned rest.

“Af­ter an ex­tended day of be­ing out on the wa­ter every­body was quite happy to turn in rea­son­ably early af­ter a nice solid bar­beque din­ner,” he said.

Sun­day was an­other early morn­ing start, with the cadets spend­ing three hours on the wa­ter and Sub Lt Lang lead­ing a one-on-one train­ing ses­sion with a mem­ber of staff.

At the end of the week­end Sub Lt Lang said ev­ery­one had “thor­oughly en­joyed them­selves”.

“And they can’t wait for the next camp,” he said.

The next camp is a week­end at TS Pi­o­neer in Mackay from March 20-22.

In the mean­time cadets will meet for their nor­mal Fri­day pa­rade to­mor­row night and a sail­ing ses­sion next Satur­day, March 14.

For more in­for­ma­tion about NTS Whit­sun­day, visit www.tswhit­sun­ or con­tact James Lang on 0402 479 483.

GOOD TIMES: Hope By­ers, So­phie McManus, El­liot Hart, Nel­son By­ers, Lach­lan Craig, Jaymee Mil­ton, Jack­son Sum­mer­field-Fal­lon, Jaxon Leo, Jody Van Wyk, Sean Healey, Josh Scar­brough, Tea­gan Voigt, Alan Thomas, Anita Pen­der and Martin Hart, took part in the Whit­sun­day Navy Cadets' week­end camp from Fe­bru­ary 27-March 1.

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