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NATIONAL CITIZEN SERVICE Gain valuable skills for life with this nationally recognised qualification

CAREERS ADVICE How Sea Cadets can help you become an engineer at sea

SAILING SKILLS Discover how to reef afloat with our step-by-step guide

A magazine for parents, volunteers and cadets Spring 2017 |


Meet the royal marines cadets from across the country who went head-to-head for the Gibraltar Cup and read top tips from each detachment on reaching the final PLUS: WIN AN OFFSHORE VOYAGE! Enter the Peregrine Trophy photography competition...



NATIONAL CITIZEN SERVICE Gain valuable skills for life with this nationally recognised qualification

CAREERS ADVICE How Sea Cadets can help you become an engineer at sea

SAILING SKILLS Discover how to reef afloat with our step-by-step guide

A magazine for parents, volunteers and cadets Spring 2017 |

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Meet the royal marines cadets from across the country who went head-to-head for the Gibraltar Cup and read top tips from each detachment on reaching the final PLUS: WIN AN OFFSHORE VOYAGE! Enter the Peregrine Trophy photography competition...

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WELCOME There has been a lot to celebrate in the Corps recently! Congratulations to the Royal Marines Cadets who took part in the Gibraltar Cup – read their tips for success on pages six and seven. Speaking of competitions, we've had a great response to the Peregrine Trophy and feature some of the photos submitted so far on page 18. See if yours is there! And that’s not all. In this jam-packed issue, you can also read about our new yachts (and say bon voyage to the old ones) and be inspired by the cadets who took part in NCS (National Citizen Service). Plus, there are all the success stories from units up and down the country and the usual careers advice and guide. If you have any news or ideas for the magazine, be sure to email us at Yours, Communications Team

In this issue NEWS AND EVENTS 03 Corps news Read the latest goings on from across the Corps. 05 A  rea news Find out what units have been getting up to in your area. 06 The road to success RMCs from across the country have been training for months. Read about the tough road to the Gibraltar Cup. 08 W  hat’s on? Courses to sign up for now, and upcoming events for spring/summer. FEATURES 09 Giving back A pilot scheme of the National Citizen Service has given cadets valuable qualifications and skills while raising funds for charities near and far. 12 N  ew additions to the fleet We pay homage to our two yachts and greet the first of the new ones, which will take cadets on offshore adventures. 14 V  olunteer of the issue Meet a volunteer who received royal recognition in the New Year's Honours. 15 Careers Find out what it's like being a BP Cadet and see how Sea Cadets can help you to become an engineer at sea.


ADVICE 16 A guide to... reefing afloat Get to grips with reefing afloat using these step-by-step instructions. 17 Ask the Corps We answer your questions on learning, equipment, and representing the Corps. FUN 18 Your photos: candid camera Get inspired by some entries for the Peregrine Trophy and send in your own! 19 5 questions for... Henry Edwards Former cadet and winner of TV's The Choir: Gareth's Best In Britain. 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 CFC Jasmine (second from right) appeared on Bear Grylls’ Survival School Cadets with Julian Brazier MP, President at Canterbury Unit

NY Honours for volunteers Two volunteers were recognised in this year’s New Year’s Honours list, reflecting our volunteers’ dedication to improving young lives, and how much units contribute to their local communities. One of those honoured was Chris Matthews, Chairman of the Unit Management Team at Jarrow Unit, who was awarded an MBE. Chris is our Volunteer of the Issue in recognition of all he does for Sea Cadets – we talk to him on page 14. Julian Brazier MP, President at Canterbury Unit since 2011, was knighted for his political and public service.

A league of their own Congratulations to all the winners and finalists at this year's National Five-a-Side Football Competition! The event took place between 24 and 26 February at Grantham Meres Leisure Centre, Grantham, Lincolnshire. The winners are as follows: Girls Junior: Eastern Area (Sheffield Unit/South Yorks District) Boys Junior: London Area (Greenwich Unit/London Southern District) Girls Senior: Eastern Area (Leicestershire District) Boys Senior: Southern Area (East Kent District)

Cadet tests skills on TV with survival expert Bear Grylls One lucky sea cadet got to see what she was made of on the CITV show Could you eat bugs and wade through freezing cold water? Any good at starting fires? This is the kind of thing CFC Jasmine recently had to endure on CITV’s Bear Grylls’ Survival School. The television show follows 10 12- to 15-yearolds as they abandon their phones and other technology, to learn crucial survival techniques on a challenging and exciting expedition in Snowdonia, Wales. Jasmine, 13, from Richmond Unit, admitted she feared missing fast food before heading off on the adventure. Participants eat insects during the expedition, selected by survival experts. During the challenge, Jasmine had to draw on the various skills and values she's learned at Sea Cadets, such as commitment and teamwork, as she came up against snakes and poisonous spiders, and worked with other members of the group to learn vital skills.

Challenge yourself in 2017! We have launched an exciting new programme of challenge events to encourage more people to support Sea Cadets. From running in the Royal Parks Half Marathon in Central London, to climbing the Yorkshire Three Peaks, there's something for everyone. We also have places on a 10-person yacht at the annual Maritime Industry Regatta, and a trip to Africa, canoeing the Zambezi River! To find out more about the events, please email




Barrow-in-Furness won the coveted Canada Trophy

Accolades for high achievers Our annual award winners have been announced, reflecting the fantastic performance across the Corps over the last 12 months In our awards and trophies for 2016, Barrow-in-Furness took home the coveted Canada Trophy, given to the unit considered to have attained the highest standard in the previous year. “This is a fantastic honour for everyone associated with the unit, with this achievement being the culmination of many years of hard work,” said Lt (SCC) Jason Zaccarini RNR, Commanding Officer at Barrow-inFurness Unit. “It is recognition of the dedication and professionalism of our team, the support we receive from parents and volunteers and, above all, the sheer effort, commitment and excellence of our wonderful cadets.” Captain Sea Cadets Captain Phil Russell RN had these words for the winning unit: “Winning the Canada Trophy is a wonderful achievement reflecting the fact that the unit has achieved the very highest standard, and Barrow-in-Furness cadets and volunteers should be very proud.” The Thomas Gray Memorial Trophy – the runner-up to the Canada Trophy – went to Scarborough Unit, while Brentwood won the Captain’s Cup, for the unit that has made a particular impression on Captain Sea Cadets. The McBeath Trophy, for a unit that has given a particularly commendable performance and is worthy of special recognition, went to Wakefield Sea Cadets, while CPO (SCC) Pauline Finlay was honoured with the Captain Roddie Casement Sword. The sword is in memory of Captain Roddie Casement OBE RN, Captain Sea Cadets between 1959–67. It goes to the unit’s Commanding Officer or Officer in Charge, who, by example, has contributed most to the aim of the SCC, giving young people amazing opportunities for personal development.

Support your unit! Don’t forget that you, your friends and family can raise money for Sea Cadets when you shop online, without it costing you a penny. We’ve teamed up with easyfundraising so that you can raise valuable funds for FREE. More than 3,000 retailers are ready to give donations to your unit, including groceries, fashion, insurance and travel outlets. To sign your unit up to easyfundrasing, go to



It could be you! Fancy the chance to win £25,000 while supporting Sea Cadets? Following the success of our autumn raffle, we're launching a new online lottery. Giving you the chance to win prizes all year round, it takes place every Saturday and costs just £1. It's easy to join, so sign up today! Visit display/marine-society-and-sea-cadets

Inspiring volunteer rewarded at Millies The inspiring work of our volunteers has been recognised at the Sun Military Awards. The CO of Beccles Sea Cadets, volunteer Lt Cdr (SCC) Joe Meadows RNR, won the Inspiring Others category, for committing 30 years to helping young people. Also in attendance was Carlisle Unit, nominated for helping Storm Desmond flood victims. The star-studded awards, known as the Millies, recognise the UK's most deserving servicemen, women and units, and those who support them. Joe was presented with his award by Olympic cyclist Mark Cavendish and wife Peta Todd. He said he was “over the moon” to have won.


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



Awards for teamwork

Heroic cadet helps family after car crash

Newham Cornwell VC Sea Cadets’ efforts in helping homeless people have been recognised at the Youth United Social Action Awards at Buckingham Palace, where HRH the Prince of Wales was guest of honour. Cadets and volunteers from the East Ham-based unit were among the winners at the ceremony for helping homeless people in East London over Christmas. The awards celebrate young people’s achievements and the positive impact their teamwork and dedication has on their local community. Junior cadets were inspired to help homeless young people by gathering toiletries and warm clothing in shoeboxes, and donating them to a temporary shelter.

The skills and values learned at Sea Cadets were recently put into practice by AC Lewis, from Ballymena Unit, when he came to the aid of his family. Following a two-car collision, Lewis helped his dad, his dad’s partner and her son. “Looking back, it could have been much worse. If I wasn’t in Sea Cadets, I wouldn’t have known what to do. What you are taught at Sea Cadets doesn’t compare to what you are taught at school. Sea Cadets has built my confidence and positive thinking. You are taught to think positively, which is what I tried to do."

North West


Donation shows value of Sea Cadets

Ex cadet is RYA Yachtmaster of the Year

The positive influence of Sea Cadets on local communities has been recognised in Rochdale with a donation from the Asset Recovery Incentivisation Scheme (ARIS). The scheme allocated a proportion of funds from criminal cash seizures to charitable causes. The grant was applied for on behalf of the unit by Greater Manchester Police. In line with Home Office guidance, the funding is distributed on merit, reflecting how much the cause gives back to the local area and community. Rochdale Unit will use the donation to buy wet suits, cagoules and over-trousers for the cadets to wear during expedition work and training around Hollingworth Lake and the Pennines.

As proof that the benefits of Sea Cadets continue long afterwards, a former cadet has been named RYA Yachtmaster of the Year 2016. Zara Roberts, who learned to sail, windsurf and powerboat at Scarborough Sea Cadets, was presented with the award at the London Boat Show by HRH The Princess Royal. It is given to a skipper with outstanding skills and knowledge, who demonstrates their expertise during their exam. Zara, 30, who runs a nutrition and personaltraining business, said: “Passing the exam means the world to me. The weather was awful, so I had no idea I’d done that well. I hope this will inspire others to get out on the water.”

South West


Diamond celebration for Portland

Exmouth homecoming

To help Portland Sea Cadets celebrate its 60th birthday, the Mayor of Portland, Councillor Sandy West, recently presented awards at its annual prize-giving evening and cut a commemorative cake. A new trophy was presented by the Portland Branch of the Royal Naval Association, which has also reached its 60-year milestone. In appreciation of the years spent supporting its community, the unit was honoured with the Freedom of the Isle of Portland by the town council.

Royal Navy Lieutentant and former sea cadet Lucy O’Callaghan has paid a visit to her old unit in Exmouth, to present cadets with their eighth burgee, recognising their outstanding achievements in 2016. Lt O’Callaghan, currently serving on HMS Cattistock, is one of the first female Royal Navy clearance divers. The CO of Exmouth Unit, Neil Gregory, said: “We try to instil in our cadets qualities to help them succeed in the future. Lucy is the embodiment of what we are trying to achieve at Sea Cadets, not in terms of joining the Royal Navy but success in any career they choose to follow.”




THE ROAD TO SUCCESS Lincoln Detachment, representing X-Ray Company, came out on top at this year’s hard-fought Gibraltar Cup. But what does it take to make it to the final? We take a look at their journey, from selection to victory...


he competition itself might be done and dusted in little more than 48 hours, but it takes months of preparation and training to get a detachment ready for the challenges of the Gibraltar Cup. Lincoln Detachment’s journey to victory began last year when cadets embarked on a two-month training programme and had their efforts assessed by the company. The best eight cadets were then selected to compete at the hallowed Commando Training Centre Royal Marines (CTCRM) in Lympstone, Devon. Contrary to what you might think, those who are picked aren’t always the strongest, fastest or biggest, as Sgt (SCC) Lee Diss of Maldon and District Detachment explains: “My cadets are a fantastic group of loyal young people who look after each other and always go the extra mile. They have self-discipline, selflessness and when they work together as a team, they are formidable. These are key assets for this kind of competition.” For Sub Lt (SCC) Louise Everett RNR, Officer in Charge at Lincoln Unit, the key role to fill was that of Section Commander. “It was vital to the success of the team,” she says. “Without Cdt Cpl Harry’s


quiet but positive leadership they would have struggled.” It proved to be a savvy choice as Harry was named this year’s Best Section Commander and Most Inspirational Leader. With the team in place (including two young but determined 13-year-olds), Lincoln embarked on their own tailor-made training syllabus, which saw them train twice a week and take part in three specific training weekends. “The training was very intense and physically and mentally draining,” says Cdt Cpl Harry. “However, knowing that I was putting in all my effort for the cadets around me, and that they were doing the same, made it all worthwhile.” As part of the training, Cdt Cpl Charlie, Section Commander of Preston Detachment, attended a Royal Marines Look at Life course, which he describes as “one of the hardest but most rewarding weeks of my life. I absolutely loved it.” After months of dedication and hard graft, Lincoln and the other detachments were ready for the weekend’s action. Cadets undoubtedly felt nervous on their journey down to CTCRM, but as Harry says, “I knew that if we trusted our bodies with the physical tasks and kept our minds focused,


we would prevail”. As ever, the Gibraltar Cup proved to be a physical and mental challenge but, ultimately, an enjoyable and valuable experience. “I have learned many new skills and got lots of feedback from the Royal Marines that I can take back and teach in my area. It was hard but absolutely worth it,” says Charlie. It was a really close competition throughout the entire weekend, with the bottom detachment achieving 375 points to the winners’ 413, but Lincoln were ultimately named the victors. “It was a massive mix of emotions, including nerves and joy,” admits Louise. “It gave the cadets a huge boost of self-confidence to see that they were able to achieve their goals. And, of course, a huge sense of satisfaction.” The experience of competing in and winning the Gibraltar Cup is undoubtedly thrilling, but Harry believes the leadership and teamwork skills he picked up will last a lifetime. “To join the Royal Marines is my ambition so being at CTCRM and seeing what Royal Marines do has given me an insight into what the future holds. All the months of training have definitely been worth it.”


TOP TIPS Royal marines cadets from each of the six detachments that made it to the final share the secrets of their success

“If you work hard, you will get the outcome you want." Cdt Sgt Amy, Queensferry Detachment

“Give it your all, but enjoy yourselves. We’ve worked hard for the last few years and have always kept morale high.” Cdt Cpl Charlie, Preston Detachment

“Put in all your effort, not only for you but for the team around you, and they will do the same.”

Gibraltar Cup: the full results Ist  X-Ray Coy, Lincoln 413 points

Cdt Cpl Pickett Harry, Lincoln Detachment

2nd Bravo Coy, Preston 409 points

“Within our team there is a sense of professionalism and humour, which works together in an exemplary combination.”

3rd Lima Coy, Maldon 398 points 4th Alpha Coy, Plymouth Drake 392 points 5th Yankee Coy, Queensferry 377 points 6th Zulu Coy, Chatham 375 points


Cadet Sergeant Amy “Before I joined the Royal Marines Cadets I was a quiet and not very confident person. I joined when I was 13, following in my brother’s footsteps, and over the years I’ve gone up through the ranks. When I passed my Sergeants Board I became the first female in Scotland to be a Cadet Sergeant and this year I was chosen as the first female Section Commander at the Gibraltar Cup. I never saw myself leading the section, yet here I am. It’s a big step, but one that many others take to further their careers within the RMCs. I still lack a little self-confidence, but I know that the only opinions that matter are those of our detachment and no matter what happens, we will always be a team.”

Lance Cpl Jae, Plymouth (Drake) Detachment

“You must be confident in both the theory and practical sides of the competition. I spent the weeks leading up to it revising every aspect." MC2 Jack, Maldon and District Detachment

“If you work as a team then you will excel and succeed better than you ever expected." Cdt Cpl Kieran, Chatham Unit Royal Marine Cadets





to sign up for now What: National Junior Summer Camp When: 13–18 August Where: Kingswood Activity Centre, Doncaster Info: A fun summer camp for Junior Sea Cadets with wall climbing, canal walks, a beach day, raft building, arts and crafts, a disco, BBQs, archery and a surprise event! Plus the chance to meet other cadets from across the UK. Limited to a max four Junior Cadets per unit, you must be under 12 when it takes place and not have attended camp previously. Cost: £80 Course Code: NAT /17/483659 Contact:

What: RYA Improvers Windsurfing When: 6–11 August Where: SCTC Caledonia, Rosyth, Scotland Info: Improve your windsurfing skills on this action-packed improver course, suitable for anyone who has already got to grips with the basics and is looking to improve their stance, speed and turning. Perfect for those who are reasonably comfortable on a board, can perform basic tacks and gybes and want to take their windsurfing to the next level. Our experienced windsurfing instructors will teach you faster turning techniques, control in higher winds and beach starts, and will introduce you to the harness and footstraps. The course will introduce you to the RYA Fastfwd coaching technique, helping you to fine-tune your basic skills and make your windsurfing faster and more fluid. Cost: £80 Course Code: CAL /17/439220 Contact:


Costs include travel, b all o and foo ard d

What’s on: Spring/Summer Events happening around the country to attend with friends and family

13–16 April

Tall Ships Festival Greenwich, London Sea Cadets is proud to be the official charity partner, so come and visit our flagship TS Royalist and local cadets for four days of live music, entertainment and fireworks. Get on board historic tall ships and see an international fleet sailing out of Royal Greenwich in this exciting regatta which typically attracts 1.1million visitors. What: RYA Start Yacht Sailing When: 25–30 June Where: SCTC Raleigh, Cornwall Info: This course provides a beginners' introduction to sail cruising and requires no previous sailing experience. It’s a great way to get a feel for sailing yachts and will teach you the fundamentals of how to steer a yacht under power, raise the sails and handle ropes. It also imparts awareness of safety on board and instructs students in the man overboard manoeuvre. Course content includes: the yacht, ropework, underway, rules of the road, man overboard recovery, clothing and equipment, emergency equipment and precautions, meteorology. Cost: £80 Course Code: RAL /17/443424 Contact:

What: Marine Engineering (Electrical) 1st Class When: 22–27 October Where: Weymouth, Devon Info: The Class 1 Marine Engineering Specialisation (Electrical) is aimed at providing knowledge of the principles of power generation and of power distribution requirements in an offshore vessel. It will provide practical, supervised, fault-diagnosis experience, and enable a deeper understanding and awareness of electrical health and safety. When used alongside the Class 1 Marine Engineering Specialisation (Mechanical), it will form the basis upon which to build offshore engineering capabilities. Cost: £80 Course Code: WEY /17/459791 Contact:


24 June

Armed Forces Day Nationwide A chance to show your support for the men and women of the Armed Forces, from serving troops to service families, veterans and cadets. There are many ways to get involved, from attending an event to throwing a party. Learn more at or to enquire about Sea Cadets’ national involvement, email Commander Phil Russ RD RN at

18–20 August

National Band Competition Tower of London National Band Competition is only held every two years, so understandably it’s a big event. Watch the country’s best Sea Cadet marching bands perform their precision routines in the moat of the Tower of London on 19 August, as well as the buglers and drummers showing off their solo chops. For more information, contact Lt (SCC) Bill Collier RMR (Senior Events Officer) on 020 7654 7015 or email


“IT’S LIFECHANGING” Far more than just a qualification, the National Citizen Service is a social action project that gives young people the chance to boost their CVs, learn valuable skills, help communities, and have fun – all at the same time


his January, 58 cadets gathered in Tameside, different from the young people they were when they started out on their journey in October last year. They were there to receive their National Citizen Service (NCS) certificates at a graduation ceremony, following two months gaining skills that will help them in their futures. They learned to budget and live for themselves, how to communicate better and to have their voices heard. Through team-building and commitment, NCS offers life-changing adventures and thrilling challenges to young people aged 15 to 17. It gives them an opportunity to build a range of skills that employers value – including leadership, communication and teamwork – and to undertake social action in their local communities and further afield. It’s a comprehensive, challenging and thoughtprovoking programme. Clare Towns, Commanding Officer at Hebburn and Sunderland Unit, lead volunteer of the Northern Area team, says it’s "life-changing" and that "the skills and confidence they pick up in a couple of weeks is extraordinary". The opportunities laid out by NCS fit perfectly with the core values of Sea Cadets, which is why




“The skills and confidence they pick up in a couple of weeks is extraordinary” Clare Towns, CO at Hebburn and Sunderland Sea Cadets

young people from our London, South West, Northern and North West Areas took part in five pilot programmes.

The NCS is delivered in three parts: 1.



The first is a fun-packed residential experience filled with adrenaline-fuelled activities, including an afternoon of waterborne adventure with some Royal Marines, an opportunity unique to Sea Cadets. In part two, cadets undertake a personal development course that helps to sharpen their CV writing, interviewing and projectplanning skills. The third and final part sees cadets put these new skills into practice, supporting charities at home and abroad by raising their profile and some much-needed funds.

MC2 Adrian, from Haringey Unit, says the interview techniques honed during the course helped him secure his current part-time job, while his mum, Karen, has noticed he is more selfreliant. “It will definitely contribute to his CV and help his career opportunities,” she says. OC Chloe, also a cadet at Haringey Unit, found



the interview exercise in phase two particularly helpful. “I was nervous before, and didn’t really speak much, but I had good feedback,” says Chloe. “It gave me confidence.” In phase three, cadets were able to choose which charities to support. North West Area held a coffee morning to raise money for Tameside 4 Good Toy Appeal, which gives Christmas presents to children living in poverty. Another team in the North West organised a fundraising event at the City of Liverpool Unit for the UK’s leading veterinary charity, PDSA. A team from South West Area, meanwhile, raised almost £500 to help the charity Forest Pulse develop two apps for children affected by hearing or sight loss. After meeting Church Housing Trust, London Area cadets spent a day handing out food bags similar to Royal Navy packed lunches to homeless people across the city. Cadets stopped to talk to a number of rough sleepers and learned more about the dangers they face. “It was a bit scary,” admits Adrian, who was part of that group. “But most of the people we spoke to were happy someone had even thought about them. It was satisfying to see the good we were doing in the community.” AC Jamie, from Cheltenham Unit, said the first


Teams of cadets worked together in group activities to gain new skills and raise money for worthy causes. They received certificates at a special graduation ceremony. Bottom right: children visit the seaside for the first time thanks to GOAL For The Gambia, one of the charities helped by a team from Northern Area

part of the project gave him the opportunity to take part in “some amazing activities, such as tree surfing and coasteering.” He added, “You also really felt part of a team, and I made many great friendships and connections.” In Northern Area, cadets raised money for Turn to Starboard, a charity supporting serving and retired Armed Forces personnel, and GOAL For The Gambia, which delivers education and training opportunities to young people in that country. The charity currently helps more than 300 students through sponsorship, and works closely with five schools to provide everything from pencils and exercise books to classroom blocks and storage rooms. It was a fitting choice as the money raised enabled a number of Gambian children to visit the beach for the very first time and, says Clare Towns, opened their eyes to new possibilities and broadened their horizons. “I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend National Citizen Service to cadets or their parents,” says Clare. “They’ll come back from the course worldly-wise, more aware of community issues, resilient, confident and independent. "The sooner young people learn the life skills they need to thrive, the better.”

Why NCS? 1. Perfect interviews Cadets took part in mock interviews to improve their technique, which can help when applying for higher education and jobs in the future. 2. Public speaking Participants learned how to put their point across clearly and ensure their voice is heard, building self-confidence. 3. Boost prospects UCAS says students should include NCS in their personal statement, thanks to the invaluable skills gained. 4. Make a difference Cadets heard about issues facing those less fortunate than themselves – and found ways they could help. 5. Gain independence From learning time management to tackling transport, cadets took their first step towards living an independent life.



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The hull has taken shape on the first of our two new Rustler yachts



Cadets learn new skills through hands-on sailing experience

Sea Cadets has commissioned two new yachts to give more young people than ever the chance to experience the thrill, challenge and teamwork of life at sea

he experiences from an offshore voyage go beyond just learning how to sail. Living on a small vessel throws up challenges right from the word go, but it can be a first step to a life-changing week.” These are the words of S/Lt (SCC) Tom Farnworth RNR, Skipper of the Sea Cadets yacht TS Vigilant. He has captained almost 100 week-long cadet voyages and is unequivocal about the many benefits. It’s a sentiment shared by Sea Cadets, which has committed to giving more young people than ever the chance to experience life at sea by purchasing two new Rustler 42 yachts. Cadets master a whole spectrum of skills during an offshore voyage, from navigation to leadership, as well as nationally recognised qualifications from the Royal Yachting Association (RYA). “Teamwork is at the root of it all,” says Tom. “Friendship always forms a big part of the experience and a cadet’s confidence grows throughout the voyage.” The funds needed to commission the first yacht, currently being built in Falmouth, came from The Lord Mayor of The City of London’s Lord Mayor Appeal, which has also given the yacht its name, TS City of London. The Rustler 42s will replace the Tradewind 35s, which will be put into retirement following 16 years of service.

AMAZING EXPERIENCES The first of the new yachts is undergoing the final touches

Rustler 42: Vital statistics


Rustler 42s are 12.8m long – that’s 42ft (the clue’s in the name!)


They will have berths for six cadets and two adults – the Skipper and the Mate get their own cabin


They are cutter-rigged and have two sails – the staysail and genoa

“Since going offshore, she has visibly grown in confidence and in her leadership abilities”

4.06 The beam measures just over 4m

One of the old yachts in Scotland; cadets see new places when they go offshore

Helen, mum of AC Susanna from Avonmouth Unit

The new yachts are cutter-rigged, which makes them easier for young cadets to manage, and will carry six cadets plus a Skipper and a Mate. They will also have 25% more capacity, with large and open saloons and cockpits, well laid-out galleys and accessible engines. They’ll even have hot water. “The Tradewind 35s have given sterling service but are not really large enough for five cadets and two adults,” explains Andy Phenna, Offshore Commander at Sea Cadets. “As well as allowing for an additional cadet berth and comfortable living conditions, the new features will improve the quality of training given,” he says. For example, all cadets will clearly see how to complete checks on a diesel engine. Yacht skippers visited Falmouth in early February to check on TS City of London’s progress. During their visit the deck was bonded to the hull, which was, says Andy, a significant milestone: “It was the first time we really saw how it looks.” While there is still a way to go – fitting out above and below decks, commissioning of systems – TS City of London should be ready in June. The yachts past and future form a crucial part of the charity’s mission to provide young people with one-of-a-kind experiences that will help build confidence, increase skills and inspire them to

realise and reach for the future they want. Cadets can often be found singing, dancing or taking part in onboard bake-offs to help build camaraderie and keep spirits high if poor weather or seasickness sets in. “Being in a confined space together for a week really helped us to bond,” says AC Thomas from Market Harborough Unit, who spent a week on TS Vigilant travelling around the Channel Islands. “It wasn’t just the sailing that made the week, it was how much fun we had, the places we saw and how much we learnt,” he says. It’s this mixture of challenge and teamwork that results in cadets building confidence, gaining resilience and returning from voyages transformed. “Susanna discovered she could push herself beyond her known limits, and this was an enormous confidence boost for her,” says Helen, mum of AC Susanna from Avonmouth Unit, who gained her Offshore Seamanship qualification on TS City Liveryman. “Since returning, she has visibly grown in confidence and leadership abilities.” As AC Thomas put it: “My week on board was the highlight not just of my time at Sea Cadets but of my whole life. It's an experience I'll never forget.”

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They will replace the Tradewind 35s, which spent 16 years taking cadets on unforgettable voyages

The grand master cabin has a 6ft 6in double V-berth


The TS City of London is being built in Falmouth, where Rustlers have been constructed since 1980




“It’s recognised as a wonderful experience for young people”

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After 25 years with us, Chris Matthews, New Year’s Honours recipient and Chair of Jarrow’s Unit Management Team, tells us how it feels to be included, and why the Corps deserves a bit of credit... How did you become involved with Sea Cadets? Thanks to a fellow former CO of Newburn Sea Cadet Unit, Mr Victor Spong MBE, who was aware that I had been a Purser in the Merchant Navy. Since joining 25 years ago this July, I have had various roles, from Admin Officer to CO, and District Officer of Northumberland. Having retired from uniformed duties in 2008, I became a Civilian Instructor and a Powerboat Instructor at the Derwenthaugh Boat Station on the Tyne. What is your current role? In 2011, I was asked to be Chair of Jarrow Sea Cadet Unit Management Team. Along with my committee, I am responsible for ensuring that cadets and volunteers have somewhere to carry out their training. This includes maintenance,

fundraising, insurance, utilities, repairs, furnishings, some uniform and all the proficiency badges gained by cadets. Volunteer of the issue, Chris Matthews MBE

What does it mean to you to receive an MBE? I never would have thought I’d be asked this question! I feel very privileged and humbled to know that people put me forward for this recognition. It couldn’t have come about without the time, effort and wonderful teamwork of everyone that I’ve had the pleasure to be involved with at Sea Cadets, and the support of my wife and family. It is pleasantly strange to be associated with medal-winning athletes and other well-known figures, who have achieved recognition in so many different ways, and I congratulate them, too.

The annual SeaCadetFest is one of Chris’s highlights



Why do you think the list included someone from Sea Cadets? Sea Cadets is highly regarded within the community and recognised as a wonderful experience for young people, allowing them to take advantage of the opportunities and activities that it provides. I suppose, like a lot of my fellow volunteers, it’s also due to the time I’ve been able to give, and possibly my particular wish to see units work together and support each other. What’s been your highlight so far? To have been involved, in conjunction with Lt Cdr (SCC) Alf Simpson MBE, in the organisation of the SeaCadetFest at the Metro Centre on Tyneside, since the first one in 2006. It makes me proud to see so many cadets

from the three districts in North East England work together to put on various activities in front of the large crowds, who have thoroughly enjoyed and been suitably impressed by their performances. What contribution do you think Sea Cadets makes to local communities? Our young people are always highly regarded for their professionalism when they are involved in their local area. My unit is regularly asked to distribute leaflets and help run youth parties on behalf of local organisation The Big Local, a scheme to build up community activities. We actively encourage this kind of community spirit and take pleasure in seeing the cadets enjoying the experience.

“I feel very privileged and humbled that people put me forward for this recognition. It couldn’t have come about without the time, effort and wonderful teamwork of everyone at Sea Cadets”


So you want to be...

AN ENGINEER AT SEA? Find out about training to be an Engineer on BP tankers and discover how Sea Cadets can help young people onto a sponsored cadetship


ona Zalissetskaia has always loved taking things apart. “When I was younger I picked things apart to understand their mechanisms,” she remembers. Nothing was safe: “Alarm clocks, watches, household appliances – even a washing machine!” This was how she knew she wanted to be an engineer, once she found out what that meant: “I was not directly drawn to engineering because I didn’t know what it was, so it took me some time to find my dream career, but when I discovered engineering I knew it was a discipline I could thrive in.” Now training to become an Engineering Officer as a shipping cadet for BP, one of the world’s biggest oil and gas companies, Iona is seeing her dream realised. “I wanted to work for BP as there are so many career opportunities there, at sea and onshore,” she says.

A clear career path The cadetship takes three years to complete, and Iona is currently in phase three of the process, studying for a foundation degree in Marine Engineering and Management, which involves a combination of academic and

Iona Zalissetskaia is well on her way to a career at sea

practical work. “In this field there is a lot of legislation, particularly around health and safety, which we need to be aware of during our practical work,” Iona explains.“We also learn about mechanics and electrical engineering. We have workshops where we take apart and learn about different types of machinery that we could see on a ship.” Iona’s training is teaching her everything she needs to know so that she will be knowledgeable in the running and maintaining of all the mechanical equipment on board. Once her seafarer training is complete, she will start her career as a 4th Engineer on BP’s tankers. “The training is very good, and it does not feel like just attending college,” she says. “The culture is great as everyone is very friendly. I wasn’t sure what life would be like on the ship as people are very different and come from different backgrounds, but everyone gets along and life on the ship is never boring!”

For the love of it “I never thought that I would climb into a fullsize ship engine!” says Iona of one particularly memorable experience. “I once had the opportunity to see inside the crankcase of the engine. I was surprised by the size of the engine and I learned a lot as a result of that experience.” She also really enjoys the problem-solving element of the cadetship, which she says is very stimulating. And, she adds, “It’s not just about solving problems, but finding ways for these problems not to occur in the future.” So would Iona recommend a cadetship with BP? “Definitely. They look after you very well. They take everything into account – our wellbeing, comfort and accommodation. And I love the unpredictability of this job – no two days are the same.”

Five ways Sea Cadets can help you to be a BP Cadet


SAILING TEAMWORK Sea Cadets can teach you how to work as part of a crew during an

offshore voyage on one of our vessels, yachts, or our tall ship TS Royalist.


RELEVANT EXPERIENCE AT SEA From sailing skills to nationally recognised qualifications in

boating, seamanship, engineering and more, it can set you up for life at sea.


ENGINEERING QUALIFICATIONS At Sea Cadets you can gain specific qualifications through

our Marine Engineering Project. Email for more info.


TRANSFERABLE SKILLS Discipline, commitment, loyalty, teamwork, respect, time

management... These and more are all things you’ll have on your CV.


A PASSION FOR LIVING AND WORKING AT SEA The experience of voyages spent

bonding with fellow crew and learning the ropes will stay with you for life.

BP BP’s sponsored cadet training programme could see you become a trained officer and serve with the BP fleet. To learn more go to:




Sea Cadets guide to...

REEFING AFLOAT Sea Cadets’ Headquarters Staff Officer for Boating, Frank Cea, provides your essential guide to reefing a dinghy on the water When you’re sailing an RS Quest dinghy, you may wish to reduce the size of your sails as the wind becomes stronger. This process is known as reefing. If you’ve checked the forecast before you go afloat, you will have already reefed on land, however, it is also possible to reef afloat. When you rig your boat make sure the reefing line is rigged in the mainsail, so you can reef quickly. Here’s how:

Check the boat is lying to (stopped) on a starboard tack, close reach with the sails eased out and that you are in plenty of clear water.


Release the downhaul, un-cleat the main halyard and ease the sail down until you can hook the reefing ring onto the hook at the boom. Make sure the slug is inserted into the mast track. Pull the halyard tight, cleat it off and tidy it away.


Pull the reefing line tight, which will tighten the clew of the sail, leaving a single fold of sail.


Handy hint In strong winds, instead of rolling away the jib, reef the mainsail instead. It makes the helm much more balanced and is more fun for the crew! If you’re still struggling to sail, it’s probably too windy and time to head back to shore.



Roll the fold up to the boom and secure with the two reefing pennants in the sail.



Reattach the downhaul. Tidy up the reefing line and sail off fully under control.



Representing the Corps

Q. If I were to become a royal marines cadet from a Cadet First Class sea cadet, would my rank be changed to the equivalent as a royal marines cadet?

Q. I see that the new Navy Board Cadets have been announced. What do they do, and how and when do they get chosen? A. During their year of office, the Navy Board Cadets represent the Sea Cadet Corps to the Navy Board, which includes the First Sea Lord and Admirals who lead the Royal Navy. Navy Board Cadets also hold area forums where they gauge the opinions of their peers, and this is fed back to the Sea Cadets senior management team and Captain Sea Cadets. They also work closely with their areas, representing them at competitions and events. Navy Board Cadets are put forward by their Commanding Officers for a rigorous selection process organised by district and area, which starts around October time.

A. No, it would not. Although part of the same family, there are differences between Sea Cadets and Royal Marines Cadets syllabuses. Some activities and modules cross both SC and RMC but others are unique to each and must be passed to achieve promotion. If cadets jumped the ranks after converting from Sea Cadets to Royal Marines Cadets without proper training in those unique modules, it could be dangerous, as they would be out of their

depth. However, with your previous SC training you would undoubtedly move back up through the ranks quickly.

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!

New equipment Q. The new Rustler yachts are costing £800,000 and I am intrigued as to why Sea Cadets has invested in two expensive ‘luxury’ yachts when you could get better suited vessels for less?

A. We are always actively seeking

Royal honours Q. Could you please confirm if the Corps is actively seeking honours and awards for its volunteers at MBE/OBE level? It would not have been uncommon in the past for at least one nomination in both the Birthday and New Year’s Honours, but there seems to have been a decline in award success.

nominations for both civilian and military honours awards, nothing has changed in this respect. We work a year in advance for both Birthday and New Year’s Honours. Nominations go through your Area Office, written up as a citation and are then submitted to Captain Sea Cadets. Sadly, in the last few years there has been a marked decrease in the numbers of successes through the military route, so it has been harder to succeed. There has been no change to the number of citations put through. For the civilian route, we fare no better or worse than other youth organisations, and the number of awards is consistent throughout recent years. Unfortunately, being a long-term volunteer is often not enough to succeed, however well-deserving they may be.

A. Following an extensive review, the Rustler 42 yacht was found to be the best on the market for our training needs by some distance. Seven others of similar size were considered; while some were worthy contenders, none answered as many requirements as the Rustler 42. It has unique attributes, such as being the only yacht with a long fin keel with encapsulated ballast and skeg hung rudder. It is also the only one designed for cutter rig, with a conventional shaft where most have a sail drive. It scored joint highest on the interior quality/cadet proofness index and was the only one built in the UK, meaning we have oversight of the build, ensuring its quality. Additionally, the Rustler 42 scores very highly on safety as the deck is clear and uncluttered with wide waists on a single level, giving exceptionally safe access to the mast for halyards and all the way forward to the pulpit. The expectation is that the Rustler yachts will be fit for purpose for many years to come, as indicated by the fact that the Royal Artillery operate a Rustler 42 for RYA training and regimental adventurous training/expeditions.




CANDID CAMERA We’ve had some amazing entries so far for the Sea Cadets category of the Royal Navy’s Peregrine Trophy photography competition! Check out a few of our favourites below, and see the page opposite to find out how you can enter Rotherham Unit

Welwyn and Hatfield Unit

Reigate Unit

Ross and Monmouth Unit

Caterham Unit

Boston Unit

Blackburn Unit



Northampton Unit

Lisburn Unit


5 questions for…

SINGING CADET HENRY EDWARDS Former sea cadet Henry Edwards recently won The Choir: Gareth’s Best In Britain with his a cappella group, Semi-Toned. He tells us what it was like, and how his experience as a cadet is helping him succeed


When did you start singing? I started at primary school, then I joined the choir at secondary school. I did musicals from the age of 12, and sang in the College Chapel Choir at boarding school. I saw Semi-Toned performing during freshers’ week and thought I’d see if I could get in. A yearand-a-half later, and I’ve been on TV!


What was it like being on TV? It was really surreal, most university students don’t get the chance to be part of a BBC TV show! Performing in Westminster Central Hall in front of 2,000 people was an incredible feeling – I was nervous, but the hours of rehearsal kicked in. Gareth [Malone] was really lovely, it was a privilege to get to know him. He’s exactly as he comes across on TV, and a musical genius. During the semi-finals, he spent hours helping us rehearse. He’s also one of the friendliest people I’ve ever met!


You were a cadet from 10–18. Has that experience helped you? Sea Cadets brought me an endless list of new skills, traits and approaches that have helped me since I left. Being involved in drill competitions and big

parades as a senior cadet taught me that if you put in enough practice and effort, it will pay off. That’s something I’ve used in my attitude with Semi-Toned, and it meant I wasn’t fazed by the big crowds. Sea Cadets taught me to not be afraid of trying new things. It nurtures people to be more confident, approachable and groupminded. This meant that in Semi-Toned, and other places in my life, I’ve been able to put across my thoughts confidently, without upsetting others. To have those skills as a young adult is invaluable.

Absolutely. My grandfather was a Marine Engineering Officer in the Navy and his stories had me fixated on a career in the senior service. I joined Sea Cadets to see what the Navy was about and if it was suitable for me. I absolutely loved it. Sea Cadets taught me basic military bearing, uniform and drill, so I had an advantage going into selection. I’m on a bursary at Exeter University and will be commissioning as a Warfare Officer in 2019. This is really exciting as it’s always something that I’ve wanted to do.

Former cadet Henry performed with Semi-Toned on The Choir: Gareth’s Best In Britain


You will shortly be on a threeweek tour of the US – what are you most looking forward to? Our annual US tour is always great fun. I’m really looking forward to spending four days in Las Vegas, but also just being able to travel the country with my best friends and perform in venues of over 2,000 people. We get to meet so many new people. I’m not looking forward to revising on the buses and planes, though, as I have exams when I come back!


Did being a cadet shape your decision to attend Britannia Royal Naval College after university?

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 those by some of the best photographers in the Royal Navy. You could also win an offshore voyage, as well as £100 in Sea Cadets Shop vouchers for your unit. The winning cadet will get to attend the awards ceremony in London, where you will be presented with your award by the First Sea Lord! For information on how to enter, email us at



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