Over Half Term, a crew of three Naval CCF Cadets, Will Jury Simpson (U6, BH), Freddie White (L6, BH) and Robbie Carson (5th, S) and one Army CCF Cadet, Josh Berry (L6, BH) travelled to Jupiter Point, two miles from the HMS Raleigh in Cornwall, to complete an offshore sailing course on Sea Lion, a 37ft Westerly Typhoon yacht.
Freddie said, “We set sail on Sunday 23 October and were immediately challenged by gale force winds in the Plymouth Sound and were therefore unable to sail beyond the break water due to the stormy conditions. We stayed in the Queen Anne’s Battery Mariner in Plymouth after a day’s sailing in the Sound. We then sailed on to Fowey, Falmouth, Mevagissey and finally returned to Jupiter Point. Some highlights included seeing an Astute class submarine returning to port, sailing with dolphins, seeing a whale and a seal inspecting the yacht.
“Will had previously gained his competent crew on a similar course and made good progress with his day skipper practical and the rest of us were very pleased to gain our Royal Yachting Association (RYA) Competent Crew qualification!”
For Freddie and Josh, it was their first CCF course and they thoroughly enjoyed the experience and would recommend it to other CCF cadets. For Will and Robbie, who have completed many CCF courses, it was another useful skill to add to their growing experience.