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SEA CADETS COMMIT £800K TO BUY 21ST CENTURY YACHT

SEA CADETS COMMIT £800K TO BUY 21ST CENTURY YACHT

15/08/2016

National charity Sea Cadets is fundraising £800,000 for two new yachts and had one of them in their sights as they signed the first contract for a Rustler 42 yacht on 11 August at Falmouth Haven.

Local cadets from Falmouth & Penryn unit were on hand to cheer on Sea Cadets CEO Martin Coles and Andy Phenna, Head of Sea Cadets Offshore Training joined Rustler Yachts Ltd Directors Adrian Jones and Nick Offord for the signing. 

The new yachts replace the charity’s current Tradewind 35 yachts after 16 years of service, taking 4,600 young people on a transformational sea voyage.

Sea Cadets spent a year fundraising the £400,000 needed to replace one of two yachts, thanks to the generous support from the City of London’s Lord Mayor Appeal.

Sea Cadets CEO, Martin Coles, says:
“Upgrading our yachts is vital - without modern equipment we limit our efforts to inspire, to boost young people’s confidence through access to skills and experiences that can help define them and their futures.
These Rustler 42 yachts mean we can take more young people to sea - helping more to a great head start in life with a range of skills as well as an unforgettable, life changing experience.”

Across the UK, Sea Cadets help young people to find friendship, confidence and a new sense of direction. The new skills they learn with us, on water and on land, help them to feel that they really matter and part of the team. Our aim is to help more young people to see the future that they want – and make that future happen.

The new yachts are bigger meaning the charity can help more cadets get to sea to experience an offshore voyage. The yachts will be part of the Sea Cadet fleet of: flagship TS Royalist, a 29m tall ship, and TS Jack Petchey and TS John Jerwood, two power vessels.

Adrian Jones of Rustler Yachts says:
It has been a privilege to have worked on this project. Rustler Yachts are delighted to have been chosen to build two very special new yachts for the Sea Cadets.

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Photo credit: Brendan Fitzpatrick, www.fitzmarinephotography.com

 
NEW AWARD WINNING APP TO BOOST SAFETY AT SEA

NEW AWARD WINNING APP TO BOOST SAFETY AT SEA

30/06/2016

Marine Society College adds to their award winning suite of @Sea online programmes with English@Sea to introduce seafarers to the English language to boost safety at sea. 

Shipping is a global community that can benefit from sharing a common language when it comes to safety. The new English@sea programme and phone app, developed by Marine Society College, has been created with seafarers in mind, using nautical-themed examples, quizzes, imagery and language.

English@Sea will develop seafarers English language skills, such as teaching key vocabulary, times of the day and numbers.

Mark Windsor, Director of Lifelong Learning at Marine Society College, says: “We are very proud to add to our award winning suite of @Sea programmes with English@Sea. Being at sea can be lonely place, especially if you don’t understand the common language and we hope this online programme will bring seafarers together to work safely.”

When working at sea there is limited internet connection, once the English@Sea phone app is downloaded using wifi, seafarers can use the app offline to learn in their spare time.

The course is authored by specialist tutors with a wealth of experience in maritime education. It's hosted and promoted by the Marine Society College which aims to give seafarers the best possible lifelong learning opportunities tailored to their individual needs.

The course costs just £15 and can be purchased on the Marine Society Shop here: www.marinesocietyshop.org

Whether on land or at sea, Marine Society College believes that seafarers deserve access to career and life-enhancing education through to professional development, making sure nobody misses out. www.marine-society.org

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CELEBRATING 160TH BIRTHDAY WITH CELEBRITY WELL WISHES!

CELEBRATING 160TH BIRTHDAY WITH CELEBRITY WELL WISHES!

21/06/2016

Sea Cadets will light a whole lot of candles as they celebrate their 160th birthday on Saturday 25 June, alongside a host of celebrities and Royal support.

Birthday well wishes have been filmed by supporters ranging from HM The Queen’s grandson HRH Peter Philips to The Great British Bake Off presenter Mel Giedroyc.

Paul O’Grady says: Happy Birthday from a former Royal Marines Cadet at Birkenhead Unit. A great charity and really proud to have been part of it #SeaCadets160

Sarah Parish: Sending my best to all the Sea Cadets, Happy Birthday! #SeaCadets160

Dame Esther Rantzen DBE: A wonderful charity that supports young people to make friends and build confidence through nautical adventure. Happy birthday #SeaCadets160

Alexander Armstrong: Happy birthday Sea Cadets! A fantastic charity that offers vital life skills for young people #SeaCadets160

More support came from: Lorraine Kelly, British Olympic rower Sir Matthew Pinsent CBE and Alan Titchmarsh have all sent a happy birthday messages to 14,000 Sea Cadets across the UK as well.

Captain Sea Cadets, Captain Phil Russell RN, says: “It’s great to see that the impact we make on young lives doesn’t go unnoticed with so many celebrities on board. Turning young people’s lives around is what we do. Over the past 160 years the charity’s inspired millions of young people to find their course in life by building confidence and skill gained on the water – it lasts a lifetime.”

Up and down the country Sea Cadet units are hosting birthday parties. Since 1856 the charity has helped thousands of young people find friendships, confidence and a new sense of direction. And throughout this year the charity is fundraising to replace its two yachts with larger more modern vessels increasing capacity by 25% so that it can help more youngsters experience the confidence and thrill sailing at sea can build. Over the past 16 years the two yachts have given 4,600 young people a transformational voyage at sea, offering a unique learning experience as they work together as a team, make new friends and find out what they’re capable of.

Sea Cadets gives young people a new perspective. Working across the UK with 14,000 young people we help them see the world with confidence, gained through the challenge of nautical adventure based on the customs of the Royal Navy. Cadets learn new skills to carry them in their careers. Their confidence to face life builds. And they see what they can do. www.sea-cadets.org

The full list of celebrity birthday messages:
Lorraine Kelly: Happy birthday to Sea Cadets, here’s to the next 160 years! #SeaCadets160
Paul O’Grady: Happy Birthday from a former Royal Marines Cadet at Birkenhead Unit. A great charity and really proud to have been part of it #SeaCadets160
Sarah Parish: Sending my best to all the Sea Cadets, Happy Birthday! #SeaCadets160
Dame Esther Rantzen DBE: A wonderful charity that supports young people to make friends and build confidence through nautical adventure. Happy birthday #SeaCadets160
Alexander Armstrong: Happy birthday Sea Cadets! A fantastic charity that offers vital life skills for young people #SeaCadets160
Sir Matthew Pinsent CBE: Happy Birthday to the future generation of Olympic rowers! #SeaCadets160
Alan Titchmarsh: Happy birthday! Have a very special day #SeaCadets160
Mel Geidroyc & HRH Peter Philips filmed a happy birthday message

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CITY LORD MAYOR BACKS PROJECT TO INSPIRE YOUNG ENGINEERS

CITY LORD MAYOR BACKS PROJECT TO INSPIRE YOUNG ENGINEERS

15/06/2016

Sea Cadets and Seafarers UK, two great British maritime charities are working together to launch a project to build the next generation of UK engineers.

Unveiled today, 15.06.16 at Mansion House, the RT HON Lord Mayor of the City of London, Lord Mountevans, lent his weight to a new 3-year project designed to inspire and engage UK youngsters into thinking about a future in marine engineering and see how far it can take them.

The consequence the UK faces as the shortage of people with engineering skills grows is well reported, triggering concern across the sector for the long term future of the UK industry .

Lord Mountevans unveiled the first of seven pods, showcasing how engineering will be driven right into the heart of communities and schools across the UK – helping to spark young minds to think about a future as bold as they can imagine. The funding for each Pod is via Seafarers UK, this being one of three Centenary fundraising projects for the charity.

The Lord Mayor says: ‘This eye-catching initiative can inspire more young people to learn about the wide mix of career opportunities that exist in the UK’s world leading maritime sector, and in marine engineering in particular. The maritime sector is a huge economic contributor, employing over 140,000 people, and a real area of competitive advantage for the UK. My hope is that as these mobile units visit more young people, schools, teachers, parents and careers advisers will be inspired by the idea of pursuing a hugely rewarding career in marine engineering.’

The project is designed to appeal to children in Year 9 thinking of Options choices. Its playful design of semi-hidden icons encourages you to think about the scope of engineering; soda cans and Recycling and Playstations, life is full of engineering innovations.

It pilots in the South West with plans to roll out to schools and the rest of the UK later in the year. The pods are practical, mobile teaching assets, holding essential kit including a sectioned engine. They can be used for delivering introductory qualifications in marine engineering - a core module of sea cadet training, to simple and effective taster sessions in schools.

Barry Bryant, Director General of Seafarers UK, says: “Seafarers UK has supported maritime youth work and those organisations focused on preparing young people for a potential career at sea for almost 100 years. This joint initiative with Sea Cadets is a great way of reaching out to young people and helping them to think more creatively about their career aspirations and the opportunities that exist in maritime and marine engineering.”

This is a pioneering project for Sea Cadets, a national youth charity. Our core aim is to build confidence so that young people can find their course in life - this combined with our experience of working with young people, has helped us shape a project we believe can inspire more young people to take a step towards a better future, for them and their families.

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SEA CADETS CELEBRATE HM QUEEN BIRTHDAY!

SEA CADETS CELEBRATE HM QUEEN BIRTHDAY!

10/06/2016

Sea Cadets are polishing their boots and packing their umbrellas to prepare for Her Majesty’s The Queen’s 90th birthday on Sunday 12 June on the Mall, London.

Twelve very lucky Sea Cadets from across the UK will celebrate with Her Majesty and the Royal Family on the Mall with 10,000 guests, and will be joined by Sea Cadets Captain, Captain Phil Russell RN, and Sea Cadets CEO Martin Coles and volunteers.

Sea Cadets from East London will represent the national charity in a unique and special parade that celebrates volunteers, organised by Gillian Schofield who was in the planning committee for the Olympics London 2012 Opening Ceremony with Danny Boyle.

The march will be split into seven tableaux’s each of them representing different areas, genres and decades. Sea Cadets aged from 10 to 17 will march alongside soldiers, sailors and airmen in front of thousands of guests along the Mall.

Across the UK hundreds of Sea Cadets Units will be hosting their own picnics to celebrate the Patron’s birthday inviting the local community to join them to mark this very special day.

HM The Queen has been a Patron of Sea Cadets since 1899, when Queen Victoria gave £10 to Sea Cadets Windsor Unit for them to buy uniforms.

Captain Sea Cadets, Captain Phil Russell RN, is delighted to represent Sea Cadets at the Patron’s Lunch, says:

“It means so much to us that HM The Queen is our patron, she is an inspirational figure. To have the royal stamp of approval helps us to continue our work in supporting young people to find their course in life and launch into adult hood with confidence and self-belief and a pack of skills they can rely on.

“This year is our 160th birthday and we’re delighted to share a milestone birthday with our patron.”

Sea Cadets gives young people a new perspective. We broaden horizons. We create possibilities. Working across the UK with 14,000 young people in 400 locations. We help them see the world with confidence, gained through the challenge of nautical adventure. Cadets form new friendships. They learn new skills to carry them in their careers. Their confidence to face life builds. And they see what they can do.

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