Big gold strike for Stoney Sea Cadets

The Sea Cadets at the Area Swim
The Sea Cadets at the Area Swim

Stonehaven and District Sea Cadets have had a busy month of activity over four weekends competing at District, Area and National level.

This resulted in further honours for the Unit to finish off another successful competitive year.

In the middle of September, three cadets went to Southport in Merseyside as part of the Area team for the National Sailing Competition and put in a good effort although they were disappointed not to be in the medal placings this time around.

The following weekend they were in action once again, joining more of their crewmates to represent their Unit at District level up in Peterhead and came away with two Bronzes and a Silver for their efforts.

They didn’t have any time off after that, though, as a total of 19 cadets travelled south to go to the National Combined Regatta at the Excel Centre in London competing in each of the available categories of rowing, boathandling, kayaking and canoeing.

The Stonehaven cadets formed the largest contingent from a single Unit from all of those representing the Northern Area at the event.

This is without doubt the largest and most competitive of all the national events run by the Marine Society and Sea Cadets and Stonehaven cadets returned with two individual golds, one double and one team silver and an individual bronze medal as they battled against the best of the rest.

With hardly any time to catch their breath they were back in action once again last weekend as they joined cadets from Fraserburgh, Aberdeen and Peterhead to represent Grampian District at the Area Swimming Competition held at MoD Caledonia in Rosyth.

As this was the very last Area event for 2013, the points scored were tallied and the final result meant that the Grampian cadets also took the Montrose Trophy for the best sporting District over the year while Northumberland took the runners-up prize.