STC Yachts at Anniversary Regatta

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  • Date: Friday 25th June 2010
STC Yachts at Anniversary Regatta STC Yachts at Anniversary Regatta

Three yachts from Britannia Royal Naval College, Seahorse, Pegasus and Martlet flew the flag at the recent regatta to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the Royal Navy Sailing Association, which took place at the Olympic sailing village in Portland.

 The college yachts entered a race skippered by staff officers Lieutenant Commander Trish Kohn and Lieutenant Colin Darkins with the third vessel, Pegasus under the command of Officer Cadet Joe Currin. Having qualified as a RYA Yachtmaster before joining the Royal Navy, Joe enjoyed his first command just 8 weeks after joining the Royal Navy. The crew onboard each of the yachts were Officer Cadets from Cunningham Squadron, many of who had little or no sailing experience.

 Following an impressive performance around the cans and buoys in Portland harbour, OC Currin and his crew sailed across the finishing line just behind yacht Martlet.  Both yachts having maintained a good position in the middle of the fleet for the duration of the race; the less said about Yacht Seahorse’s placing the better! 

 The regatta dinner and prize giving provided some lively post race banter and well deserved refreshment.  In addition to winning yacht prizes for sportsmanship were awarded to Officer Cadets Joe Currin and William Warren who had demonstrated great fortitude throughout the race. Crew member Officer Cadet Stuart Bond remarked, “The regatta was an absolutely fantastic opportunity to experience sailing and meet so many people from the Royal Navy Sailing Association.” 

 Cunningham Squadron returned to BRNC later that night, ready and able for their picket boat consolidation the next day. Getting the yachts back to BRNC form Portland was job of St Vincent Squadron, who were treated to some excellent weather whilst rounding the bill and crossing Lyme Bay.  Unfortunately the excellent weather did not bring much wind with it so engines were the order of the day for the majority of the passage.  However, the wind did pick up about twenty miles east of Berry Head and the Officer Cadet crews were able to get some experience of getting there by sail alone. Officer Cadet Lloyd Cardy said, “Taking the helm as the yacht approached the River Dart with both sails up was something that I’ll remember for a long time.”

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