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All Hands on Deck

Posted at 10:52 am on 5th May, 2022

Cadets Learn to Sail

On 27th April, cadets from Wellacre’s CCF Unit travelled to the Waterside Lodge in Southport to take to the water and learn to sail, accompanied by SSI (SSM) Ward.

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The CCF’s Scheme of Work syllabus aims to enhance the skills of cadets through a range of activities.  Afloat training provides essential sailing skills, so Wellacre students visited the watersports club to learn how to sail a small boat called a dinghy. 

The day began with an introduction to the dinghy and the essential controls followed by basic instructions including steering by handling the sail and the foils (centreboard), and side-to-side balance.

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Wellacre cadets then took to the water in pairs to put all their learning into practice, and great fun was had by all!

Mr Ward, School Staff Instructor, said:

“Everyone had a fantastic day completing the afloat training, and made the most of the opportunity and experience.  The cadet’s confidence improved throughout the day and they showed exceptional teamwork and communication skills.”

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Wellacre cadet Jud, Year 8, added:

"This was brilliant and I really enjoyed the day.  It was great to be learning new skills and being involved in teamwork.”

It was an outstanding effort to all cadets who took part:

Archie and Adam (Year 11), Charlie, Daniel, Luca, Max and Ethan (Year 10), Nathan (Year 9) and Eshan, Jud, Thomas,  Mohammad and Brodie (Year 9).

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Mrs Sharrock, Principal, said:

“It is really pleasing to see the cadets getting the opportunity to engage in such fantastic off-site adventures. Thank you to Mr Ward for organising the training.”

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