Ilfracombe Sea Cadets enjoyed a day out on the water on the renowned T/S Royalist on Friday 13th August. Every year cadets get one opportunity to set sail, usually for a week, including racing in the Tall Ships race. However, with the pandemic meaning opportunities were not available last year, this year they are getting to head out and practice their skills for a day at sea.
Sailing from Plymouth Harbour, 10 cadets from Ilfracombe and Bideford (aged between 13-18) were able to implement everything they’ve learned during lockdown. Sea Cadets gives young people an experience that helps them grow into confident individuals through various activities from sailing, windsurfing and powerboating. But the Cadets also learn seafaring skills and qualifications that put them in great stead for their future careers.
During lockdown, the Sea Cadets have continued their seamanship training via Zoom, with MP Selaine Saxby, Mayor Kit Leck, Cllrs Val Gates and Paul Crabb all joining the lessons on occasion. This opportunity to get out on the water is therefore extra special this year.