First ever county regatta title for sea cadets

Rugby Sea Cadets - county champions of the water'June 30 2011
Rugby Sea Cadets - county champions of the water'June 30 2011

Rugby Sea Cadet and Royal Marine’s Cadets rowed their way to success at the Warwickshire District Regatta Competition held on the waters of Sutton Park, Sutton Coldfield, and were crowned overall winners.

Aged between 10 and 17, they competed in a number of water based activities, including powerboat handling, two person and team rowing races and sailing.

The strong team of 26 cadets from the Rugby Unit competed against over 250 other young people from nine other Units across the county, and also battled against the wind and at times torrential rain.

The cadets won the Overall Regatta trophy and rowing boat handling competition with seconds in sail boat handling and power boat handling.

Commanding Officer for the Rugby Unit, Stuart Glover said: “This is the first time we have ever won the Overall regatta trophy.

“This is a testament to the hard work the cadets and staff have put in over the past several months.

“The boat handling teams have worked particularly hard and this has shown in their results.”

Five members of the staff team from the Unit competed in the staff race.

They not only won it, but also achieved the fastest time of the weekend.

Their prize is the much coveted ‘broken oar’, which has a lot of meaning in the Sea Cadet Corp in Warwickshire.

Adi Robinson, Chair of the Trustees for the Unit said: “The wins over at the Regatta are the results of many hours of training and practice, both at our Unit on Lower Hillmorton Road and on the water at Draycote reservoir.

“The cadets represented the Unit with great tenacity in the competition, and also demonstrated brilliant team work amongst themselves and others.”