Shared ad­ven­ture

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The T S Taupo Sea Cadets, based at Ngati­toa Do­main, are hold­ing an open day this week to share their ex­pe­ri­ences with the com­mu­nity.

2011 has been a par­tic­u­larly busy year for the cadets, of­fer­ing nu­mer­ous chal­lenges. T S (Train­ing Ship) Taupo com­peted in the Cen­tral Area Sea Cadet Re­gatta, where skills in sail­ing, row­ing, first aid, ri­fle safety and shoot­ing, drill and more were put to the test against other units.

Taupo emerged vic­to­ri­ous, win­ning over­all and tak­ing away mul­ti­ple tro­phies.

In May, two T S Taupo cadets and an of­fi­cer vis­ited Sin­ga­pore with the In­ter­na­tional Sea Cadet Ex­change Pro­gramme. They toured the navy ships, spent a day at a re­sort is­land, home to the Uni­ver­sal Stu­dios theme park, went to the night sa­fari and shopped at malls and mar­kets.

It was a great op­por­tu­nity for the cadets to meet their equals from around the globe, says unit com­man­der Vicky Say­sell.

The T S Taupo unit re­cently teamed up with other sea cadets to pit their fears against the soar­ing heights of Adrenalin For­est.

Ms Say­sell says through­out the year, cadets take part in cour­ses in­volv­ing sail­ing and lead­er­ship, pro­vid­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties to learn skills and make friends with cadets from all walks of life. The cour­ses are held at mil­i­tary bases around the coun­try, mainly at the Royal New Zealand Air Force base in Ohakea and the Royal New Zealand Navy base HMNZS Philomel in Auck­land.

T S Taupo re­cently gained two R S Fevas – two-crew sail­boats de­signed for rac­ing. Cadets are given plenty of op­por­tu­ni­ties to test their skills in these, with a few rac­ing in open re­gat­tas, Ms Say­sell says.

The open day will be held on Au­gust 13, from 11am to 3pm, at the cadet unit in the south­west cor­ner of Ngati­toa Do­main. Mana Sea cadets meet ev­ery school term Tues­day night, from 7pm till 9pm.

Ad­ven­tur­ous: Lo­cal sea cadets on the wa­ter at the Cen­tral Area Sea Cadet re­gatta.

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