Fleetwood cadets scoop clutch of awards

Fleetwood Sea Cadets celebrate awards at the North West Area Regatta
Fleetwood Sea Cadets celebrate awards at the North West Area Regatta

Fleetwood Sea Cadets have triumphed in a regional regatta competition scooping a clutch of awards.

After weeks of practising their boat handling and other maritime skills, the youngsters fought off stiff competition at the big event held across Morecambe Bay in Barrow.

A team of boys and girls – aged 12 upwards – took part in several contests to test their knowledge.

And one of the highest awards was a gold medal for the boat handling crew who were judged on competitiveness and how well they performed.

Aaron Baxter, who helped train the team, said: “It was a hard-fought contest between Fleetwood and Maryport Sea Cadets but Fleetwood came out on top to win.

“Both teams fought hard against the elements – it was a very windy day.

“They are tested on discipline, rowing techniques and they have technical evolutions to perform to show their skills.

“The boys will now go on to the National Regatta in London in September.

“It was a good week and at Fleetwood we do pride ourselves in rowing and we always make a good effort in the competitions.”

Some of the other cadets were also making their mark at the regatta.

Fleetwood’s senior girls team won silver in the five-man rowing race and Sam Ward scooped silver in the single boat yole competition.

Also in the race for a medal was Jacob Kearton, who won bronze in the open boys kayaking sprint race.

Aaron added: “They all did very well.

“Some of the cadets who took part have only been with us for a month-and-a-half.”

Fleetwood Sea Cadets is one of the town’s longest-standing organisations for young people.

The cadets meet twice a week – Tuesdays and Fridays from 7pm to 9.15pm at the 
cadet base on Princes Way.

There are three groups, Juniors aged 10-12, Sea Cadets aged 12 - 18 and Royal Marine Cadets who are aged 13 - 18.