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CHANGING LIVES Empowering young people to develop skills for life

CAREERS ADVICE How to get a dream job sailing superyachts

CAP TALLY GUIDE Our step-by-step illustrated guide will help you get it right

A magazine for parents, volunteers and cadets Autumn 2016 |


The sun shone on the capital as hundreds of cadets gave a performance to be proud of at our Trafalgar Day Parade PLUS: ASK THE CORPS We answer your questions on uniform, applying for courses and more...



CHANGING LIVES Empowering young people to develop skills for life

CAREERS ADVICE How to get a dream job sailing superyachts

CAP TALLY GUIDE Our step-by-step illustrated instructions will help you get it right

A magazine for parents, volunteers and cadets Autumn 2016 |

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Meet some cadets who took part in the Trafalgar Day Parade to see what this unique opportunity offers young people PLUS: ASK THE CORPS We answer your questions on uniform, applying for courses and more...

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We’ve got another packed issue for you, celebrating lots of success stories from across the Corps, from the incredible Trafalgar Day Parade, to the National Combined Regatta. In keeping with our Trafalgar Day theme, we speak to Lt Col Nick Grace, Principal Director of Music for the Royal Marines Band Service, who shows how far a career in music can take you. Did you enter our Christmas card competition? See our gallery of entries and the winners on page 18! And enter the Peregrine Trophy competition. We were thrilled to receive such positive feedback from you on your new-look magazine – we’re so glad you enjoy it! If you have any news or ideas for the magazine, email us at Yours, Communications Team

In this issue NEWS AND EVENTS 03 Corps news Read the latest goings on from across the Corps. 06 N  ational Combined Regatta Cadets have been getting out on the water to showcase their skills. 08 A  rea news Find out what units have been getting up to in your area. 09 W  hat’s on? Courses to sign up for now and forthcoming events this autumn. FEATURES 10 Trafalgar Day Parade Another parade to be proud of at this year’s fantastic event. 12 S  aturday Club Young people had a chance to shine thanks to this Sea Cadets initative. 14 V  olunteer of the issue We recognise an inspiring volunteer who’s a great mentor for cadets. 15 Careers advice Hear from a former cadet about how to get a job working on superyachts!

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Cadets from across the UK gathered in London to take part in the Trafalgar Day Parade

ADVICE 16 A guide to... tying a cap tally Make sure your uniform is tip-top with these step-by-step instructions. 17 Ask the Corps We answer your questions on learning, uniform, qualifications and premises. FUN 18 It’s Chrissstmaaaasss! Your entries for our competition to appear on our 2016 Christmas cards. 19 5 questions for... Lt Col Nick Grace, Principal Director of Music of the Royal Marines Band Service 19 Competition: Peregrine Trophy Win an offshore voyage, plus £100 in Sea Cadets Shop vouchers for your unit!





NEWS Catch up with the Corps and see what cadets have been getting involved in. Send your news to

A former cadet has her sights set on the Olympics in 2020

Olympic hopes for former cadet

Half-term activities to increase skills

Former Sea Cadet Afton Fitzhenry from Northern Ireland has her sights set on Olympic gold as she begins training full time for Tokyo 2020. Afton is hoping to be selected for Team GB’s canoe sprint team and, if successful, will head to the Games in four years’ time. As a Sea Cadet, Afton raced nationally in canoeing and was inspired to try out for the Canoe Association of Northern Ireland Performance Squad. Just two years later she was selected for the Girls4Gold talent identification programme. We wish Afton the very best of luck!

Cadets had the chance to build confidence and new skills while earning a valuable qualification

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Exhilarating challenges, life-changing opportunities and once-in-a-lifetime experiences are at the heart of the National Citizen Service (NCS) so Sea Cadets is proud to have taken part in this venture. Available for free to cadets aged 16 to 17, NCS took place during October half-term, giving young people the chance to build skills and confidence. Sir Richard Branson has said that “Programmes like NCS are a good way to develop confidence and leadership skills to encourage a new generation of business and community leaders.” The activities were split into three events – the first was a four-day residential experience at SCTC Raleigh, Cornwall, with canoeing, rock climbing abseiling, and meeting new people while enjoying adventure and fun. The second was a three-day event in each area, developing key life skills such as leadership and communication to boost their CV or university applications (UCAS recommends students include NCS in their personal statement). The third part gave cadets the chance to start putting their new skills into practice by delivering a community project. In total, 75 cadets took part. In the new year, all the participants will take part in a graduation ceremony.

BTEC gives boost to young people’s futures Sea Cadets and CVQO teamed up for an awards evening to celebrate the successes of cadets on Monday 3 October at HMS President. A number of cadets were honoured to receive their BTEC Level 1 certificate from The Brigadier of the Worshipful Company of Leather Sellers and in the presence of Captain Sea Cadets, Captain Phil Russell RN and the CEO of CVQO. The BTEC Level 1 award for Teamwork, Personal Skills and Citizenship has been created by CVQO. It provides learners from the age of 13 the chance to gain a recognised BTEC qualification, up to two years before taking GCSEs.




Christmas is coming!

New yachts for the fleet

We’re thrilled our partnership with easyfundraising is going so well. Over 180 units nationwide are currently using easyfundraising and raising thousands already! It’s a great opportunity for your unit to raise lots of free money with minimal effort – especially with Christmas shopping coming up! is the UK’s biggest retail fundraising website. If your unit signs up (it’s free!) you’ll receive a free donation every time you, parents and any supporters of the unit shop online.

Sea Cadets is committed to fundraising for two new yachts, helping more young people have life-changing experiences

For your supporters gearing up for Christmas, it’s as easy as 1, 2, 3...

More young people than ever will now be able to experience life at sea thanks to Sea Cadets’ commitment to buy two new yachts fit for the future. The Rustler 42 yachts will replace the charity’s Tradewind 35s, which are being put into retirement following 16 years of sterling service taking more than 4,600 young people on transformational sea voyages. Sea Cadets is currently fundraising £900,000 to purchase the new yachts, and has received generous support from the Lord Mayor’s Appeal. “Upgrading our yachts is vital,” says Sea Cadets CEO, Martin Coles. “Without modern equipment we limit our efforts to inspire, to boost young people’s confidence through access to skills and experiences that can help define them and their futures.”

Music bursary awarded to talented cadet

Abbie with Captain Sea Cadets, after receiving her award


Cdt First Class Abbie from Sutton Coldfield Unit in South West Area has been awarded the Gosling Foundation Bursary Award at the Annual National Service for Seafarers, which took place at St Paul’s Cathedral. The bursary is an annual award that’s presented to an outstanding musician in the Sea Cadet Corps and Abbie has received £700 to go towards private music lessons. She plays the piccolo and is at Grade 6. She was presented with the award by HRH The Princess Royal.


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There are no catches or hidden charges and everything raised goes directly to your unit…But only if you sign up! Get signed up straight away at


Time to sign up for courses! We’ve got loads of great courses coming up during 2017, on land and at sea! They range from catering and marine engineering to boating, plus, of course, our offshore voyages! Many are now open for booking, so to help cadets and parents see all the courses available, we’ve included our national Onshore and Offshore course posters within the magazine for you to pull out and keep. You can see everything on offer at national level. There’s lots of courses available at district and area level too, so ask your Training Officer about what’s coming up!

An ambassador can visit your unit to talk to cadets about the realities of working at sea

Inspiring young people about careers at sea

Woking (above) and Newark (left) have been chosen for our 2016 Christmas cards

Ambassadors from Careers at Sea can inform and inspire young people about a future working in the marine industry Who better to outline the rewarding challenges and benefits of a career at sea than the captains, engineers and officers themselves? Ambassadors from Careers at Sea, can come to your unit to give informative talks about training, travel opportunities, career progression and more to young people considering a job in the industry. Cadets already have a great foundation for pursuing a maritime career. Careers at Sea ambassadors can outline the different entry routes, as well as the education and training courses that are available to turn dreams into a reality. For more information about Careers at Sea Ambassadors, email or call 020 7417 2825.

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Buy your Sea Cadets Christmas cards now! In the last issue we asked you to send in photos of cadets from your unit that could be turned into a festive scene to appear on the official 2016 Sea Cadets Christmas cards. We’re pleased to announce that we have selected two winners: Woking and Newark Units will be adorning our seasonal tidings this year, alongside our traditional Christmas cards. Go to to buy yours now and spread some Sea Cadets cheer!




Skills on show Find out how cadets fared in our National Combined Regatta, where they put their skills to the test...


n array of skills and achievements were on view at the recent National Combined Regatta, where cadets from across the UK competed in a range of watersports. An opportunity to show off the skills they’ve learned, cadets compete individually and as teams in a variety of events, such as rowing and water polo. ”I was immensely proud of all the cadets who took part; simply getting that far was an achievement in itself,” says Southern Area Officer, Trevor Price. “The result was outstanding and sets the bar high. The aim is to maintain this and ensure everyone has fun.” Southern Area were the overall winners, and everyone had a great day on the water. Check out our gallery to see some of the action. Well done to all the cadets who took part!




The results: •O  verall Regatta Winner (The Navy League Cup)
 Southern Area •O  verall Paddlesports Winner (The Antrim & Down Cup)
Southern Area

Boat Handling: •R  owing Boat Handling (The Mitchell Trophy) Salisbury, Southern Area •S  ailing Boat Handling (The P&O Trophy) Edgeware, London Area •P  ower Boat Handling (Stirling Wheel) Southampton, Southern Area •O  verall Boat Handling (Stena Sealink Trophy) Southern Area

Rowing: •B  oys Junior (The Ridgewell Cup) 
 Salisbury, Southern Area •G  irls Junior (The Wain 1999 Cup)
 Bangor, Northern Ireland •B  oys Open (The Hornblower Cup) 
 Salisbury, Southern Area •G  irls Open (The Burton Cup)
 Wakefield, Eastern Area • Overall Trinity Class Trophy (The Dawson Trophy)
 Southern Area • Yole Junior (Junior Mixed Cup) 
 Salisbury, Southern Area • Yole Open (Open Mixed Cup) Salisbury, Southern Area • Yole Open Single Boys Fraserburgh, Northern Area • Yole Open Single Girls Salisbury, Southern Area •O  verall Yole Class Rowing Trophy (The Badger Cup) Northern Area


“It was a fantastic day, with some excellent competition from some committed and enthusiastic cadets. And, may I add, a great outcome ;)”

•P  addlesport Cross Stream (The Admiral Bell Davies Cup) Southern Area •P  addlesport Flat Water – Open Girls (The Ulster Cup) Southern Area •P  addlesport Flat Water – Open Boys (The Mike Pool/Bosum Trophy) Southern Area •P  addlesport Flat Water – Junior Girls (The Barbara Simpson Cup) Southern Area •P  addlesport Flat Water – Junior Boys (The Nottingham Cup) Southern Area

Captain Sea Cadets, Captain Phil Russell RN, proposed to his partner Jackie at the National Combined Regatta. She said yes!




AREA NEWS See what’s been happening in our six Sea Cadets areas. Send us news from your area to



Trophy haul at the regatta

Paying tribute

London Area took home The Navy League Cup for the third year in a row at the National Sailing and Windsurfing Regatta. Overall, London Area took home an impressive six trophies. The Regatta, which took place in Southport, involved 100 cadets coming together to compete against each other in different classes of dinghy sailing. It was the first time the RS Quest was raced, following a hugely successful launch last year. Cadets loved the improved speed and agility of the new boat.

Dundee Sea Cadets unfurled their new colour at a laying up of colours service at St Andrew’s Church. After a service led by the unit Chaplain (SCC), cadets marched through the city centre to the City Square where the blessing of the colour took place. The parade paid tribute to Dundee-born Admiral Duncan who defeated the Dutch at the Battle of Camperdown using tactics adopted by Nelson at Trafalgar. The day was ended by the Northern Area Band, which included cadets from Inverness, Stonehaven, Grangemouth and Hebburn.

North West


Sea Cadets to triathlon

Success for windsurfing cadet

PO Matthew Thorpe from Newton-leWillows Unit in Merseyside completed a gruelling triathlon in Mexico. Finishing 54th in his age group, with a time of 2hrs 13mins 58secs, Matthew represented Great Britain at the 2016 World Triathlon Championships in Cozumel, Mexico. Competing against Olympic medallists and other top athletes, this is a great achievement. Millions of people around the world watched the race, which is the final in a series of triathlons held in different countries. Congratulations Matthew!

Cadet Caitlin from Peterborough Unit took home the bronze in her firstever RYA Midlands Team15 event. She competed in the 4.5m fleet race and earned a merit award for her determination, despite having to cope with some very challenging conditions. Cadets from across the Midlands raced against youth windsurfers on what was an incredibly windy day, drawing on the hard work, commitment and skills they have learned during their training and the time they’ve spent at Sea Cadets.

South West


Celebrating with royalty

A royal visit

HRH The Earl of Wessex met over 50 cadets from Neath, Swansea and Port Talbot Units at the Morfa Army Reserve Centre to celebrate a double milestone. It has been 60 years since the Duke of Edinburgh’s (DofE) Award began and this year also marks the 80th Anniversary of Swansea Sea Cadets! Cadets were eager to demonstrate their skills to Prince Edward, which included boating, a firstaid demonstration, a rifle range display, climbing and, of course, drill.

Guernsey Unit was delighted to host HRH The Duke of York. In his capacity as Admiral of Sea Cadets Corps, he visited Castle Cornet to meet cadets from the unit and present them with qualifications they have been working towards. There was even time for the cadets to teach him a few things that Sea Cadets know best, such as seamanship skills. Lieutenant (SCC) Tony Browning said: “It was an honour having Prince Andrew present their badges and it was something the cadets will always remember.”





to sign up for now What: Cadet Naval Acquaint When: 22–27 Jan Where: SCTC Raleigh, Torpoint, Cornwall Info: Minimum age 14. This course gives cadets the opportunity to dine alongside Royal Navy sailors while training. During the week the cadets run the assault course, carry out sea survival drills in the swimming pool and partake in firefighting and ship damage control evolutions run by the Royal Navy. There will be the opportunity to visit an RN Warship and go afloat to conduct harbour training. These are great activities for all cadets, especially those who have never been away from home before. By the end of the week cadets could also have the chance to achieve Heartstart First Aid, Campcraft & Swim Test qualifications. Cost: £75 Course Code: RAL/17/373258 Contact:

What’s on: Autumn 2016

Costs include travel, b all o and foo ard d

To find out more contact Lt (SCC) Bill Collier RMR (Senior Events Officer) on 020 7654 7015 or

What: Exploring Maritime Skills When: 12–17 March Where: SCTC Caledonia, Fife Info: Minimum age 14. Cadets get the opportunity to experience and observe life in the maritime industry, whilst gaining an Open Awards Level 1 Qualification to use as a stepping stone towards their chosen maritime career. Activities will include Heart Start First Aid, Fire Fighting, Damage Control, Sea Survival, an opportunity to delve into the various job opportunities within the maritime sector and much more. Cost: £80 Course Code: CAL/17/374948 Contact: froberts@

12 November

Festival of Remembrance Royal Albert Hall, London A number of cadets are selected each year to attend a spectacular and moving performance to commemorate those who lost their lives in conflict, featuring special guest artists, military bands and a drumhead service.

13 November What: Catering Intermediate When: 19–24 Mar Where: SCTC Raleigh, Torpoint, Cornwall Info: This course is designed to offer cadets practical experience of preparing a range of simple dishes and to acquaint cadets with food hygiene and safety awareness in the galley, plus basic knife skills and awareness of the requirements of catering planning. Cost: £75 Course Code: RAL/17/385188 Contact: dmatthews@

What: Marine Engineering (Mechanical) When: 19‒24 Feb Where: SCTC Weymouth Info: Minimum age 15. Intended to enable a cadet to progress to competent operator of small marine diesel and outboard engines. It will give a deeper understanding and awareness of Health & Safety, including manual handling, noise and fuel dangers. It will also, used alongside the Electrical course, form a basis upon which to build Offshore Engineering capabilities. Cost: £75 Course Code: WEY/17/375704 Contact:

What: RYA Day Skipper Theory When: 17‒24 Feb Where: SCTC Weymouth Info: An intensive RYA Offshore Theory course for those progressing to Coastal Skipper, Yachtmaster and Day Skipper/ Watchleader. It is an entry-level course, but cadets would benefit from having the RYA Basic Navigation course, Competent Crew, and 2nd Class Navigation. Cost: £143 Course Code: WEY/17/375707 Contact:

Remembrance Sunday Across the UK In London, Her Majesty The Queen is joined by representatives from the government and armed forces, to pay tribute to those who have suffered or died in war. Sea Cadets will have the opportunity join in the commemorations in London as well as up and down the UK.

26‒27 November

Birmingham International Tattoo Barclaycard Arena, Birmingham Cadets join more than 1,000 other performers taking part in the UK’s biggest indoor international tattoo, including massed bands, parade of massed standards and the Royal Air Force Cosford Queen’s Colour and Escort.




Hundreds of spectators watched the performance

MC2 Zak (left) and Lance Corporal Josh, who led the parade

OUR N GREAT PARADE From instilling a sense of pride to building confidence, find out why performing in the Trafalgar Day Parade is such a unique opportunity for young people


elson’s column cast a long shadow in the autumn sun at this year’s Trafalgar Day Parade, as hundreds of cadets from across the country gathered in London on 23 October to commemorate the victory of the Battle of Trafalgar and pay their respects to Nelson and those who lost their lives at the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805. The cadets who took part spent many hours over three months preparing for the various roles, including a Physical Training demonstration, a Glee Club performance, semaphore flag display by Juniors, and a display of military precision by the 88-strong Massed Band of the Sea Cadets. All this preparation paid off, as they all met each other to practise as a group just three days before the event, at HMS Excellent in Portsmouth. Royal Marines Cadet MC2 Zak, from Dundee Unit and a drummer in the band, explains some of the preparation that went into it: “For three months I have had to drum almost every day for an hour and learn the pieces, then there’s


drill and making sure your uniform’s ready. It’s a big responsibility, but I’m excited about it. I feel proud. I’ve never had the chance to do anything on this scale outside of Sea Cadets.” You would never know that these dedicated young people didn’t spend weeks practising together – each of the cadets gave it their all to put on a spectacular and professional performance for the public, officials and VIPs. One cadet who played a key role in the day was Lance Corporal Josh from Barnsley Unit, who was leading the parade. This was his second time taking part in Trafalgar Day and he was keeping calm under the pressure. “I feel more nervous than excited – I’m at the front, so if I get something wrong, everyone sees it!” he tells us. “But it feels like if I can do this I can do anything – it doesn’t get much bigger than marching down The Mall to Buckingham Palace, with hundreds of cadets behind you. It’s a real confidence boost. And I’m planning on joining the Royal Marines Band Service so this is perfect experience for the future.”


“It feels like if I can do this I can do anything – it doesn’t get much bigger than marching down The Mall to Buckingham Palace” Lance Corporal Josh, Barnsley Unit

The Physical Training display

Read AC Bethany (left) and Cadet Ashley’s experiences below The Massed Band of the Sea Cadets parades down The Mall

CADET’S EYE VIEW Able Cadet Bethany, Hebburn and Sunderland Unit “This is my first Trafalgar Day – I feel excited but nervous. Preparing for Trafalgar Day has made me feel more confident about performing in front of everyone. I’d never have had the chance to take part in something like this if it wasn’t for Sea Cadets. I’m hoping to join the Navy in the future, so this is helping with teamwork, communication and building confidence.”

Cadet Ashley, Sutton Coldfield Unit

Juniors perform a semaphore flag display

“This is the first time I’ve taken part in something like this. I’m thinking of joining the Navy and being a medic, so being in this environment is a really useful experience. It’s really good for making new friends too. We didn’t know each other before but we’re going to keep in touch.”




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TIME TO SHINE A Sea Cadets initiative has provided the opportunity to get out on the water and develop new skills for young people who might not otherwise have had the chance. We speak to the participants, parents and instructors to discover how Saturday Club was a catalyst for positive change, transforming them into confident, focused individuals Instructor Hassan saw his students’ confidence grow

F Young people gained new skills and qualifications while having fun

or some young people who might not have had the chance to shine in an academic environment, it was clear that the opportunity to participate in adventurous activities, overcome challenge and develop new skills allowed them to redefine themselves as learners and achievers.” Laurence Jay, Manager of the Royal Docks Boat Station where the Saturday Club was held, is understandably proud of the impact the scheme has had on the 350-plus participants, who came from schools during the week and the local community on Saturdays. Launched in March 2015, it offered 10-18-yearolds from economically disadvantaged areas the chance to get out on the water and earn nationally recognised qualifications.

Tangible benefits

Every student worked as a team and helped each other at some point


But more than enabling young people to gain valuable qualifications, the sessions also had a much broader impact, giving sometimes unconfident, shy or isolated young people, some of whom couldn’t speak English, the chance to uncover hidden talents and develop new


friendships. “For some, we saw a tangible benefit within hours,” says Laurence. “Significant increases in confidence were often achieved in a single session. It was also clear that the sessions had a huge impact on behaviour. As the participants’ relationships with their peers and instructors developed, many were able to recognise that their behaviour was having a negative impact on the enjoyment, safety and skills of their new friends.” In fact, learning and developing teamwork was where instructor Hassan Kamara saw the greatest improvement. “Every student worked as a team at some stage, helping each other in practical ways and also supporting and looking after one another,” he explains. “A lot of them joined without knowing anyone and some were quite timid, but their confidence grew exponentially with their teamwork and they became better learners as a result.” Improvements were seen across their home, social and academic lives, with schools and parents noticing better attendance and behaviour, says Seb Britton, Development Worker for Sea Cadets in London Area. “Social action was a big part of the programme and students participated in activities

CHANGING LIVES Sea Cadets Development Worker Seb Britton says there were improvements in students’ home, social and academic lives

Learning new skills at Royal Docks Boat Station with manager Laurence

which in turn led to helping either the wider school or local community,” he says.

Positive impact It’s a sentiment echoed by Kimmi, parent of Hazel (17), Kacey-Leigh (14) and Ben (12), all of whom took part in the Saturday Club and have since gone on to become active members of Newham Unit. “The parents all saw a massive positive impact on their children,” Kimmi says. “I’m not from a Sea Cadets background so I have been very surprised at all they have to offer. Every child is different, but Saturday Club and Sea Cadets has given each of them different things. Hazel has learned that taking time out of study to let the information sink in is a vital part of learning. For Kacey, it is learning selfrespect. Saturday Club taught her that it’s OK to say ‘no’ to peer pressure. “Ben has had the biggest transformation of all. He always hated putting his hand up to ask a question in school, but since joining Saturday Club, he has gone on to become a sports leader, been presented with a leadership award and was chosen to go to 10 Downing Street to teach coding to David Cameron, in front of the media. His confidence has sky-rocketed.”

“The parents all saw a massive positive impact on their children. Each child is different and Sea Cadets gives each of them different things” Kimmi, a parent of three siblings who attended Saturday Club local unit, where they can continue their personal development. “Since I joined Newham Unit, I have become more active, I participate in virtually every competition and always take up opportunities given to me,” Hazel tells us. More than anything, the project has helped to prove that hard-to-reach groups aren’t that hard to reach, adds Seb. “We just need to think about our audience and tailor our approach. We’ve learned so much about working with schools and will use this for future projects. We hope to do more, work with schools more and help more young people.”

Siblings Hazel, Ben and Kacey-Leigh have all joined Sea Cadets since going to Saturday Club

Broadening horizons Between them, the siblings have achieved an impressive 23 qualifications and have competed in AT, piping, football, athletics and a 24-hour sail, among others. Kacey-Leigh says it has helped to shape her career plans and has given her more confidence. “I would never consider leaving,” she says. “I’m planning on becoming a volunteer, and I’m even doing my work experience at Sea Cadets.” Hazel, Kacey-Leigh and Ben’s stories are echoed throughout Saturday Club, with more than a quarter of participants going on to join their

Participants had the opportunity to develop new friendships




“I want to learn as much as I can so I can pass that knowledge on”

Nomin ate a volun Send a teer! SCma n email to g@ms -sc.o to tell us who rg it is and why t deserv hey e it

Full-time solicitor and Sgt (SCC) Simona Hamblet gives us a lesson in multi-tasking and shares her experience of how it’s possible to be a Sea Cadets volunteer and find that work-life balance… How did you get involved with the charity? I was at a fundraising event when Sgt Lomas (Detachment Commander) from Guildford Unit approached me and asked if I had thought about being a cadet instructor. I had never even heard of Royal Marines Cadets and mentioned several times that I wasn’t an ‘outdoorsy’ person – I kept saying I didn’t do cold and wet! The encouragement continued, resulting in me attending Spring Camp – standing in a field in a hailstorm, wearing EVERYTHING I had with me. What were your first impressions? It has definitely been a learning curve. Ever since I joined, I’ve found myself surrounded by the best supportive network within my detachment, unit and Zulu Company. There is a

genuine desire for nurturing growth, development and friendship that is second to none. Is it hard to juggle a full-time job with your volunteer commitments? Any volunteer needs to find their balance, depending on where they are in their life. If they are anything like me, they want to do everything and always be there to help. However, being able to say “not this time” is important, to ensure they don’t overdo it. What’s your highlight so far? Seeing our detachment win the Gibraltar Cup this year was fantastic! What really choked me with pride was when our cadets were on the bottom field on the last morning of the competition. They were undertaking

Volunteer of the issue Simona Hamblet

a lot of physical activity and were extremely tired. Despite this, they gave it absolutely everything they had, and more. Their team spirit was amazing. They won with their determination and a Royal Marines mindset. Beyond Gib Cup, my real highlight (and motivation) is every time I see a cadet become a little bit more confident, overcome a personal challenge, develop new skills or become leaders. I am immensely proud of them all. What kinds of skills have you picked up since you joined? The ability to understand a whole new language! I have to confess to some disappointment when I learned that to “wake up and do some fizz” wasn’t a champagne breakfast but ‘phys’ – aka, physical activity!

More seriously, the ability to take things with good humour is one of the skills I have really taken on board. The Commando Spirit includes cheerfulness and this is clearly apparent. Whatever happens there is always banter and laughing. Looking ahead, what are your future hopes for yourself and the detachment? My aims remain the same as when I started: to create positive change within the SCC and RMC at all levels. To learn as much as I can, so I can pass that knowledge on to cadets in an interesting way. Finally, to raise awareness and grow the numbers of cadets, so more young people can benefit from this fantastic organisation and all of its opportunities.

“I’ve nominated Simona for the impact she has made in such a short time. Since joining with no experience, she completed her modules in less than a year and assisted in training Guildford detachment, which went on to win the Gibraltar Cup. Simona is an inspiration to others.” Simona was nominated by CSGT Paul Allen RM, Staff Royal Marines Officer




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CAPTAIN A SUPERYACHT? Top tips for a career sailing superyachts

Former Sea Cadet George Robinson shows that with dedication, determination and a little imaginative thinking, Sea Cadets can help you kick-start the career of your dreams...



ike many of his peers, 18-year-old former Sea Cadet George Robinson

is a real success story. George joined Chelmsford Unit when he was 14 years old, having sampled a selection of other youth organisations, yet never fully taking the plunge. But something about Sea Cadets captured George’s imagination and has helped kick-start a dream career in the superyacht industry. “Unlike other groups I’d tried, I never got bored at Sea Cadets,” says George, who talks to us midway through his yacht master theory exams at UKSA on the Isle of Wight. “I’ve always loved being out on the water, and my granddad was in the Royal Navy, so it felt like a good match. It was like a family.” He turned up every week and progressed through the ranks quickly, spending as much of his time as he could rowing, powerboating and sailing – and gaining as many qualifications as possible. This determination and dedication paid off when it came to George’s higher education options.

RESEARCH. Get to know the superyacht industry and the roles that are available: this

knowledge will help you during your application process.


STUDY. As with other forms of higher education, to be considered for a cadetship

you’ll need good marks in English, maths and science.


EXPERIENCE. Sea Cadets offers a range of RYA, BCU and BTEC courses. Get

involved, gain experience and bag some qualifications.


George is well on his way to having an exciting career at sea

ASK. Sea Cadets can help with everything from bursary applications to offering

advice to help turn your dream career into a reality, so just ask.

Rather than following the traditional academic route from school to university, George decided to investigate other channels and through a friend he discovered the UKSA’s flagship professional yacht cadetship – a four-year vocational programme designed specifically for those wishing to train for a long-term career in the superyacht industry. The qualifications and experience George earned during his time as a cadet not only helped boost his prospects during the application process, but have also given him the opportunity to earn experience (and money)

instructor so I could start working before the course started,” he tells us. George certainly had the desire and experience for the cadetship, but the cost of the course was proving prohibitive. “I wouldn’t have been able to fund the course myself,” he explains, “but I was very lucky to receive a bursary from Seafarers UK and The Stephen Thomas Bursary.” The funding means that George is able to focus on his studies, and earn while he learns, during his four years with UKSA. The focus, determination and self-discipline that he developed at Sea Cadets has given George the best start on his journey in the superyacht industry… and it doesn’t stop here. “When I finish the course I’ll be an Officer of the Watch (OOW), which means I’m qualified to sail any superyacht. Once I am an OOW and get my 3000gt ocean yacht master, then I’d like to get

while he’s studying. “When I went to see them, they offered me a job as a watersports

my unlimited ticket to fulfil my dream of being a Captain and sailing any yacht.”

other courses on offer, visit

Good prospects

UKSA UKSA is a youth charity offering a range of opportunities for young people wanting to embark on a career in yachting and watersports. To find out more about the professional yacht cadetships and or call 01983 294941.




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Make sure your cap and tally are all present and correct with these step-by-step instructions

The cap tally – the piece of band or ribbon that goes around the cap – is an important part of the Sea Cadets uniform. Cadets receive their tally and cap after they’ve been enrolled and are responsible for putting it in place correctly. However, tying a tally is not quite as simple as tying your shoelaces. Use our guide to make sure your bows are compact, your tallies are tight and you cut your ribbons the right way.


Take your tally and turn it over to reveal the gold thread on the back. Place the ends of the gold section together, put on a flat surface then press the fold firmly to create a crease.

Place the crease in the centre of your tally against the seam on your cap. Pull the ends of the tally round so that they meet at the left-hand side of the cap where the middle seam is.

Make sure that the loops of your bow are nice and small (your thumb should only just fit in them). The tally should be tight around the cap so that it doesn’t move around easily.

Pull the ends of your tally until you’re satisfied with the bow. Adjust so that it is in line with the middle seam and the bottom is above the rim running around the edge of the cap.







Cross the right end of the tally over the left and tie your tally in a simple knot. Place your thumb over the knot and create a simple bow. You can tighten it up in the next step.


When you’re happy with the size and position of your bow, snip off any excess, cutting in a vertical line. The two ends should be the same length – the same as the loops on your bow.





Q. I have had a look through uniform regulations and can’t find any information on hair plaits/braids. If a cadet were to plait their hair but still put it in a bun, would this be acceptable?

Q. I heard that you can now achieve the rank of Able Cadet at a younger age, is this true and do you gain the same perks as an older Able Cadet? A. You are correct, cadets can now reach the rank of Able Cadet when they are 14 years old, where previously it was 15. This will also mean cadets at this age are able to attend Peer Educator courses from 14 years old but will still need to meet the requirements for the Advanced Peer Educator Course prior to attending. We hope this lowering of the minimum age will give cadets more time to develop the skills and tools learnt on the course.

A. This information can be found via the T&A in ‘Dress regulations, 0220, Female personnel’. It states that hair should be kept neatly groomed and should not extend below the lower edge of the shirt collar. Long hair should be worn up and secured in a neat and tidy fashion. In no case should the bulk or length of the hair detract from a smart and well-groomed appearance, or the ability to wear naval headdress. Plaits are permitted within these parameters.

ASK THE CORPS Each issue Captain Sea Cadets, Captain Phil Russell RN and the team answer your questions about Sea Cadets. Email to ask us a question!

Qualifications Q. Why is the onus on the cadet to speak to his/her unit’s instructor to organise gaining badges and qualifications? Some cadets are very shy and the hierarchy can make it daunting for cadets to ask for help.

Q. Please can you advise on the requirement for land clearance when conducting training and whether or not it should be applied to all activities when using private land, such as expeditions, Adventure Training and voyages? A. Units conducting longer expeditions and Adventure

A. According to Westminster, there were a total of 4,220 courses last year! So it simply isn’t possible to inform cadets about all the courses on offer. Our volunteers are usually good at assisting cadets, but unless they know what they’re looking for it can be like looking for a needle in a haystack. Some cadets are shy but an important part in any young person’s development is learning to build


confidence. My advice would be to ask another cadet to assist them if they’re feeling nervous. Alternatively, most units have request forms, which can be completed and left in a post box, or cadets can speak with their unit Training Officer.

Training are to comply with the regulations set out within JSP 419 and comply with the full JSAFTA process. Expeditions of less than 48 hours may be authorised by the Unit. When conducting expeditions and voyages, as part the DofE Award Scheme, to gain a qualification or to gain extended experience in a given activity, they need to comply with MCA regulations and may require commercially endorsed crew. Expeditions of less than 48 hours may be authorised by the unit CO. When conducting an AT, (mountaineering, sailing, powerboating, canoeing plus other activities) you will require land clearance and the use of Training Over Private Land (TOPL) document. When training over private land you need written permission from the private landowner, public body or company. Respecting that all land in the United Kingdom has an owner, it includes common land or land subject to “open access rights”.





Cadets from Kilkeel & Mourne Unit

See some of the entries from our Christmas card competition. We asked you to send in pictures from your unit and this is what you sent us. Thank you to everyone who entered! Find out how to buy the cards on page 5.



On board TS Royalist

Singing cadets from Woking Unit

Rowers from Newark Unit

Romsey Unit pose for a selfie

The band plays on at Kendal Unit

Yeovil Unit enjoying a sunset



Cadets from York Unit

Cadets baking at Ruislip Unit


5 questions for…

LIEUTENANT COLONEL NICK GRACE The Principal Director of Music of the Royal Marines Band Service (RMBS) has had an illustrious career, serving on Her Majesty’s Yacht (HMY) Britannia, conducting for the Queen’s 90th birthday celebrations and being awarded an OBE. He told us how Sea Cadets can set you up for a successful career


There are a number of ex-cadets in the Royal Marines Band Service. What do they bring to the group? A number of qualities that take time for others to adopt. For example, being part of a cohesive, family-orientated unit and having a sense of belonging to a community. They bring experience with them too, like working towards individual and team goals, which is an essential part of being in the band service. An ex-Sea Cadet usually has a sense of adventure, a willingness to push their boundaries and, perhaps most importantly, the desire to be the best they can possibly be.


The band service is always looking for new recruits. How should cadets prepare for the application process? There are three main areas. Musically: while specific musical qualifications aren’t crucial, having as much musicality as possible is very important. Become as good as you can be on your instrument(s). Physically: we are part of the Royal Marines, so fitness is a must. Running, press-ups and sit-ups will serve you well. RMBS knowledge: prior knowledge shows the panel that the

candidate understands the make-up and history of our branch and demonstrates that they care about being a part of its future.


What particular attributes do you look for during the recruitment process? While musical ability (and potential) and physical fitness are mandatory requirements, it is wider character traits that really make a candidate stand out. Unselfishness, a willingness to learn, humility and moral courage are among the most important of all the things we look for. Enthusiasm, determination and cheerfulness also go a long way!


Music has given you many opportunities, both professionally and personally. What would you say to Sea Cadets thinking of taking up a musical instrument? Music has enabled me to live and work with others who enjoy performing and making music as well as travel the world and perform at some great events. I’ve visited the Galapagos Islands, Hawaii, Tonga, Australia and New Zealand, conducted massed bands at the Horse

Guards Parade and the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. If you’re thinking of taking up an instrument, work hard at it and practise every day – the more you practise, the better you get and the more enjoyable it becomes.


You’ve had a long and illustrious career. What are some of your highlights? There have been so many it’s difficult to choose! From my early days, it would have to be serving on the Royal Yacht, HMY Britannia, and travelling around the world. More recently, it would be conducting the tri-service orchestra for the Queen’s 90th birthday celebrations at Windsor and working with the likes of Gary Barlow, James Blunt, Beverley Knight and Dame Shirley Bassey.

Lt Col Nick Grace has performed with celebrities such as James Blunt

Win an offshore voyage and £100 of Sea Cadets Shop vouchers!

Last year’s winning entry

Enter the Royal Navy’s prestigious Peregrine Trophy photographic competition and you could see your photo displayed alongside some of the best photgraphers in the armed forces. You’ll also win an offshore voyage, as well as £100 in Sea Cadets Shop vouchers for your unit. The winning cadet will also get to attend the award ceremony in London, where you will be presented with your award by the First Sea Lord. To find out how to enter, email



The Sea Cadet Autumn 2016