Flat water sailing for Navy Cadets
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.