This weekend I went to the Excel Centre in London for the Sea Cadet National Regatta. I’m a member of Salisbury Sea Cadets and we have nine rowing crews. The crews are Junior Sea Cadet (10-12yrs), Junior Girls (12-15yrs), Junior Boys (12-15yrs), Open Girls (12-18yrs), and Open Boys (12-18yrs), plus four “Yole” (sliding seat 1-2 man boats) crews.
I’m the coxswain for the Open Girls (person in charge, particularly its navigations and steering). How I got there was by winning earlier regattas at Wessex District and Southern Area levels. Only the winners go through to the next level which meant we qualified through to Nationals. All together Salisbury Sea Cadets got 5 teams to Nationals, more than ever before and more than any of the 410 units in the country.
On Friday our five teams went up in a coach to the Excel Centre where we stayed overnight. I only got four hours sleep because the Northern lot where making a lot of noise and the lights where still on. The races were on the next day. We raced six other teams from all over the UK, including Scotland, Northern Ireland, Wales and England. The Open Boys won bronze and the Junior Boys won gold and so did the Open Yole.
My team WON gold!!!!!!!! We won, we actually WON!!!!!! WE ARE THE NATIONAL CHAMPIONS!!!!!!!! This means we are the best in the county. By Luke