Flat wa­ter sail­ing for Navy Cadets

Whitsunday Times - - ON THE WATER -

FLAT wa­ter sail­ing was just one of the fea­tures of a week­end away for the Whit­sun­day Navy Cadets, whose nor­mal rou­tine in­volves winds, waves and tides on Pi­o­neer Bay.

Last week­end 11 cadets from New Train­ing Ship (NTS) Whit­sun­day swapped all of this for the calmer con­di­tions of Mackay’s Kin­chant Dam.

Their ex­cur­sion in­volved a full week­end camp at the Mackay Cadet unit TS Pi­o­neer where the wel­come mat was rolled out from Fri­day af­ter­noon.

NTS Whit­sun­day Com­mand­ing Of­fi­cer Sub Lieu­tenant James Lang, said it was a late night af­ter the cadets had all set­tled in and par­tic­i­pated in eq­uity and di­ver­sity train­ing, with a fo­cus on har­mo­nious com­mu­nity life.

There wasn’t much rest in store, with a 5am wake-up call for all those head­ing to the dam.

Sub Lt Lang said 51 cadets from the com­bined units of NTS Whit­sun­day and TS Pi­o­neer took to the wa­ter on the pooled re­sources of four Cor­sairs, eight two-per­son kayaks, eight two-per­son Canadian ca­noes, and four ‘su­per­vi­sion’ power boats, al­low­ing ev­ery­one to be on the wa­ter at the same time.

“And the con­di­tions were per­fect,” he said.

“Just a slight breeze that picked up in the af­ter­noon.”

Sub Lt Lang said this strong on-wa­ter pres­ence gave rise to “lots of train­ing” as well as com­pe­ti­tions in­clud­ing a Cor­sair race which NTS Whit­sun­day won.

Sun­day was a ‘dry day’ with ac­tiv­i­ties in­clud­ing a pa­rade drill and Ceno­taph guard train­ing for the up­com­ing 100th an­niver­sary AN­ZAC Day.

Over­all, Sub Lt Lang said the high­light of the week­end was the ca­ma­raderie the cadets ex­pe­ri­enced by mix­ing to­gether “and the mate­ship that’s al­ways been there”.

Cadets from NTS Whit­sun­day will meet again to­mor­row for a full AN­ZAC Day dress re­hearsal pa­rade ahead of their An­nual Con­tin­u­ous Train­ing (ACT) at HMAS Cairns af­ter Easter.

For more in­for­ma­tion on the cadet pro­gram con­tact James Lang on 0402 479 483 or check out the Navy Cadets TS Whit­sun­day Face­book page or new web­site www.tswhit­sun­day.com.

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