2117 (Kenfig Hill) Squadron - Challenge Wales 2012

Challenge Wales 2012_____________________________________________________________________________

Cdt FS Cooper - 2117 Squadron____________________________________________________________________

Cdt Flt Sgt Cooper spent a fantastic week as a crew member on Challenge Wales, taking part in the London to Portland Small Ships Race.  There was a mixture of cadets from different Wings, three from No.3 Welsh Wing, one from No.1 Welsh Wing, three from West Mercian Wing and two from Merseyside Wing, so they certainly made up a British team between them.  The event was a huge success for all the young trainees taking part and something they will remember for a very long time, especially as they were the winners of the coveted Seven Seas Trophy. 

There was a chance to meet with the Countess of Wessex on the Friday when she paid the fleet a visit.  She met and spoke to all of the crews, and looked around some of the boats. The crews gave a rousing 3 cheers when it was time for the Countess to leave.

Sail Training is a challenging and fun way to develop self-confidence and change lives. It is not so much about learning to sail, but uses the experience of being at sea as a means to help people learn about themselves, discover hidden strengths and talents, and understand the value of working as a team. Participants learn to manage themselves and interact with others, dramatically boosting their self-awareness and confidence.

ASTO (Association of Sail Training Organisations) exists to promote Sail Training and to support the provision of Sail Training opportunities in the United Kingdom.

The money the cadets collect is used to fully or part fund activities for the cadets.  This experience for Cdt Flt Sgt Cooper was made possible through funding from the Welsh Assembly, No.3 Welsh Wing HQ and 2117(Kenfig Hill) Squadron ATC. So, if ever you see our cadets out fund raising, whether it is bag packing or door collection in supermarkets, please donate if you can, you can be assured that the monies will help the cadets attend events and activities they could only otherwise dream of.


Pictures and article kindly supplied by: Mrs Lindsay Thomas - 2117 (Kenfig Hill) Squadron Civilian Committee Secretary

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