On Saturday the 14 th of May 2016 Cadets and Staff of 1264 (Windermere) Squadron took part in the “Low Wood No Wood Cardboard” Boat Race on Lake Windermere on a lovely sunny day.
The cadets had built their boat, with help from staff, over several parade nights and were eager to put it to test on the water to see if it would, indeed, float and support the weight of 2 cadets.
On the day, Warrant Officer Gaynor Collins, Officer In Charge of the Squadron, sought the blessing of our Regional Padre The Revd. (Group Captain) T Richard Lee RAF, who was at the event in his capacity of High Sherriff of Cumbria.
With “divine” support our cadets got off to a fine start and though they capsized several times in their race the craft did stay afloat and was ready (with a bit more gaffer tape) for the final round.
The final involved all boats collecting gold coins from a pontoon over a 10 min period whilst being hosed down by water cannon.
Our cadets managed to collect 2 coins before time was up, eventually swimming their, now sinking, boat to the shore. All in all a great fun day with a Sense of Adventure well and truly at the forefront.
Cadets who took part were:
Sgt Chris Hall, Cpl Jordan Rodway and Cdt Shane Lovett with support from Cpl Declan Turner and Cpl Susanne Hall.
Staff included: WO Gaynor Collins, Sgt Emma Clarke and Civilian Instructors John Hill and Edgar Holme.