Sea Cadets receive £500 cash windfall

Representatives of TS Caledonia receive the cheque at the recent Portsoy Boat Festival.
Representatives of TS Caledonia receive the cheque at the recent Portsoy Boat Festival.

At the recent Portsoy Traditional Boat Festival, Peterhead Sea Cadet Unit was presented with a cheque for £500 on behalf of the North of Scotland branch of the Nautical Institute by marine consultant, Captain Bob Sinclair.

This is the second consecutive year of support by the lobranch for TS ‘Caledonia’.

As part of its annual programme, the North of Scotland branch holds a series of monthly meetings to discuss nautical and offshore related issues, and also hold fundraising events such as an annual mariner’s dinner dance.

When presenting the cheque Mr Sinclair highlighted his own time at sea cadet unit TS ‘Gowanlea’ (Fraserburgh Sea Cadets) between 1967 and 1974 and how the skills, knowledge and experiences gained during the period have helped to shape and support his career, even into formal retirement.

“I really had a fantastic time, learned to sail, kayak, travelled all over the UK and gained an insight into seamanship, navigation, stability and engineering,” he said.

“ I still sail all over the world while on holiday.”

TS ‘Caledonia’ Commanding Officer John Bowman said: “We are delighted the North of Scotland Branch of the Nautical Institute has been able to support us again this year.

“It is not every day a cheque arrives out of the blue. There are over 400 Sea Cadet Units in the United Kingdom and each Unit is an independent charity responsible for raising its own funding to literally keep the lights on.

“This support will go some way to supporting us with our running costs.”

The Nautical Institute is an international representative body for maritime professionals involved in the control of sea-going ships.