Cdt FS Cooper - 2117
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
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