Dildo sea cadet takes part in national regatta
Petty Officer 2 Danielle Morgan of Royal Canadian Sea Cadet Corps (RCSCC) Great Eastern was among Canada’s top 50 Royal Canadian Sea Cadet sailors, who were in Kingston, Ontario Aug. 23-27 for the annual Sea Cadets’ National Regatta. PO2 Morgan lives in Dildo.
Staged by The Navy League of Canada and the Canadian Forces, the regatta pits each province’s top sailors against each other in four days of competition, testing not only their teamwork, seamanship and sailing strategy but also their tenacity and physical endurance.
Teams from each province earned the right to compete in this national event by dominating their division ( provincial) competition.
Each crew of two cadets (skipper and mate) sailed up to 12 races in the waters off Fort Henry and the Royal Military College of Canada, where Lake Ontario flows into the upper St. Lawrence River.
Crews compete in pirate class sailboats with a spinnaker and trapeze, requiring a high level of sailing experience and expertise.
Capt. John Harris is the Region Cadet Public Affairs Officer with the Regional Cadet Support Unit (Central).
“For a sailing town like Kingston, usually up to its gunwales in sailboat races,” Capt. Harris said, “one more regatta might not make much of a ripple in Navy Bay. It is, however, a big deal for the sea cadets travelling the length and breadth of Canada to get there from St. John’s to Victoria; from Surrey and Summerside to Campbell River and Trois-Rivières.
“ They’ve anticipated the challenge for months, perhaps years,” Capt. Harris said.
After sailing their best, been tested at the provincial level, and emerged victorious the event presents them with the toughest challenges of their young lives - meeting their sea cadet peers to sail in unfamiliar waters.
“It’s the stuff Olympic dreams are made of - this is the kind of national competition, and the city, where dreams of Olympus are born,” Capt. Harris concluded.