Dildo sea cadet takes part in na­tional re­gatta

The Compass - - TRINITY SOUTH -

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.

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