La­ma­line cadet sail­ing aboard tall ship this week

The Southern Gazette - - FRONT PAGE -

Chief Petty Of­fi­cer First Class Maria Hen­neb­ury, of RCSCC 289 Corvette in La­ma­line, boarded the tall ship the ‘ Stat­sraad Lehmkhul’ Nov. 13.

Maria flew to Nor­folk, Vir­ginia, to board ship and sail to Hal­i­fax, Nova Sco­tia.

CPO1 Hen­neb­ury was one of eight Cadets cho­sen, through­out Canada, to have the op­por­tu­nity to sail on board this Nor­we­gian ship.

The op­por­tu­nity to crew the Bar­que ‘ Stat­sraad Lehmkhul’ is a de­mand­ing and unique op­por­tu­nity, avail­able to a very small num­ber of Sea Cadets. For th­ese rea­sons, only de­serv­ing cadets deemed ca­pa­ble of suc­cess­fully com­plet­ing it are con­sid­ered.

The cadets are mus­tered as voy­age crew and are part of the watch sys­tem run­ning the ‘Stat­sraad Lehmkhul’. They will have the op­por­tu­nity to take the helm, set sails and as­sist with ma­neu­vers, nav­i­ga­tion and weather ob­ser­va­tions.

The Tall Ship De­ploy­ment takes place aboard a sail­ing ship 259-feet in length and can set up to 22 sails. A min­i­mum of 17 qual­i­fied and ex­pe­ri­enced crewmem­bers en­sure the ship’s safe op­er­a­tion.

Dur­ing this de­ploy­ment, cadets are in­volved in ev­ery part of ship­board op­er­a­tions (helm, look­out, hus­bandry, cook­ery, sea­man­ship, safety, etc.) and sail­ing evo­lu­tions (hoist­ing, low­er­ing, furl­ing and un­furl­ing sails, on deck and aloft in the rig­ging, etc.) on a 24/7-watch sys­tem.

The voy­age from Nor­folk to Hal­i­fax is rel­a­tively short, with an es­ti­mated five and a-half days at sea. Space is lim­ited on the ves­sel and cadets and es­cort of­fi­cers may be ac­com­mo­dated in com­mu­nal quar­ters where par­tic­i­pants will sleep in ham­mocks, not beds.

Corvette’s Chief Petty Of­fi­cer First Class Maria Hen­neb­ury.

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