Over 500 Sea Cadets from all across the UK will compete in the National Combined Regatta on September 5 at London’s Royal Docks. They will test their skills in rowing, paddlesport sailboat and powerboat handling.The first Sea Cadet unit was established in 1854 at Whitstable in Kent, created by communities wanting to give young people instruction on a naval theme. Traditionally old seafarers provided training while local businessmen funded the Unit Headquarters.
The tradition of community – based Sea Cadet Units continues today with 400 across the UK each with onhealthy.net charitable status enabling them to raise funds to meet their running costs. All Units are members of the Sea Cadet Corps and are governed by the national charity MSSC – the Marine Society & Sea Cadets.
There is a partnership with the Royal Navy under a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) and receive corporate support from commercial shipping companies and the Maritime sector. The core purpose of the Sea Cadets is to celebrate Britain’s maritime heritage and contribute to its future development by supporting young people as Sea Cadets.