Cadets sec­ond at na­tion­als

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Nine cadets from the T S Taupo sea cadet unit, based at Ngati­toa Do­main, re­cently spent a week­end at Whanga­paraoa, north of Auck­land, com­pet­ing in the an­nual na­tional re­gatta.

The cadets were aged be­tween 14 and 18 and in­cluded stu­dents from Tawa, Aotea, Porirua and New­lands col­leges.

They won the re­gional re­gatta in March, earn­ing the right to rep­re­sent the lower North Is­land at the na­tion­als.

Com­pe­ti­tion at Whanga­paraoa was tightly con­tested, with only one point sep­a­rat­ing the three teams. T S Tal­is­man from Nel­son won and T S Taupo fin­ished sec­ond equal.

Chal­lenges in­cluded sail­ing two types of boats, a pulling (row­ing) race and a sea­man­ship race in­cor­po­rat­ing pulling, rig­ging the boat, sail­ing, cap­siz­ing and right­ing the boat, de-rig­ging, an­chor­ing and swimming. Other skills tested in­cluded rope­work, chart­work, first aid and drill.

War­rant of­fi­cer Matt Ohls­son, 18, said he had been in the re­gatta team for four con­sec­u­tive years.

‘‘It has been such a great ex­pe­ri­ence for me and ev­ery­one in the team,’’ he said. ‘‘We work on team build­ing and lead­er­ship skills through the many dif­fer­ent ac­tiv­i­ties we train for.

‘‘Work­ing my way up from be­ing one of the new mem­bers to be­ing the team leader and see­ing the team grow and strive to take out the na­tional com­pe­ti­tion is re­ally re­ward­ing.’’

He said he en­joyed see­ing stu­dents come in as young keen cadets, get stuck in and grow to be­come lead­ers.

Sea Cadets is a vol­un­tary train­ing or­gan­i­sa­tion for teenagers that fo­cuses on mar­itime skills and is run in a part­ner­ship with the New Zealand De­fence Force.

Sea cadets have the op­por­tu­nity to pass the Coast­guard boat­ing ed­u­ca­tion day skip­per course, achieve NZQA cred­its and at­tend lead­er­ship, sail­ing and bushcraft cour­ses.

From left, Matt Ohls­son, Austen Rangi, Mitchell Daw­son and Paige Cooke dur­ing a re­cent re­gatta in Evans Bay.

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