Fleetwood cadet Rhiannon ranked among best in country

Sea Cadet Rhiannon Deegan has passed a top seamanship course
Sea Cadet Rhiannon Deegan has passed a top seamanship course

A first class sea cadet has wowed her peers after sailing through a top seamanship qualification.

Rhiannon Deegan, 14, from Fleetwood, was one of just 14 people from a possible 14,000 to complete the advanced seamanship course.

I joined sea cadets as it has become a family tradition with both my dad and brother being in cadets and then the Merchant Navy

The qualification tests cadets on their knowledge of rope work, rigging, canvas work and decorative rope work. Practical tests include working in a team to rig equipment such as sheer legs, gyns and derricks.

Rhiannon, who joined the cadets when she was 10, said: “I joined sea cadets as it has become a family tradition with both my dad and brother being in cadets and then the Merchant Navy.

“I wanted to be able to do activities which were challenging while also gaining additional qualifications which would help me in my future career. I am looking forward to going away offshore on TS Royalist – the sea cadet’s flagship – next year as I will be able to put into practise my newly-acquired skills.

“I love the variety of courses which we are able to complete giving us some much needed life skills which we don’t learn at school.”