Trinity Coupland Smith, Media Ops (L6M)
Friday 15 Sep 2017
This week the Headmaster took the CCF parade, which went swimmingly well, and the Royal Navy Section went to Swarkestone Sailing Club.
The training objectives for the Navy Cadets was to practise how to get back on a boat once capsized. Kitted out in wetsuits and life jackets the Cadets set off for the freezing waters. Due to such a strong wind the Cadets practised in shallow waters, which was still very cold. AS/Lt Fairbrother and 2Lt Walker instructed the Cadets what to do in the situation of a capsized boat and ran through how to enact these instructions in the water.
First up was Ella Hopkins and Alex Berger, with one person behind the boat. It was an exercise to work together with Ella pulling out the dagger board and throwing over the rope. Alex pulled the rope with Ella horizontal in the water holding onto the boat. Alex then pulled Ella up along with the boom and sail; with Ella now on the boat all that was left to do was help Alex up onto the boat, which was easy in comparison with what they had just done. Next up was Will Whitten and Izzy Hankins who completed the task very quickly following the motto ‘get in get out’! Finally, it was Sarah Murphy’s turn. After the shock of the coldness of the water Sarah got quickly onto the case and completed her task.
After everyone had learnt how to deal with a capsized boat, the boat was brought in and taken apart quickly by the Cadets so they could get back into the warmth of the minibus. After a speedy change back into their uniform, the Cadets returned back to school.