Regional Inter-Divisional Seamanship Championship

Cadets at naden championships

Cadets from 195 “Bicknell” RCSCC cheer on their team mates during the final relay of the Regional Inter-Divisional Seamanship Championship.

More than 100 sea cadets from B.C. and the prairies, all winners of their zone competitions, gathered in Victoria for the Regional Inter-Divisional Seamanship Championship held March 21-22 at the Naden Drill Shed.

Over the weekend, cadets practiced and competed in seamanship skills, from tossing heaving lines at targets, to navigation, to semaphore (communicating with flags), to sheer legs (using knots and wood to assemble a lift for heavy loads).

Cadets competed in eight-person teams, four each from B.C. and the prairies. The aim of the competition was to encourage cadets to increase their knowledge of seamanship and to provide a friendly competition.

Victoria’s own 5 “Rainbow” RCSCC won the championship for B.C. Team captain PO1 Austen Webb said the team practiced four hours each Sunday for several months in preparation for the competition series.

137 “Kamloops” RCSCC from Kamloops won the team spirit award.

The weekend ended with a ship-building competition, based on Royal Canadian Navy ships, and a relay that involved hoisting signals and navigation markers, tying knots, completing a puzzle of HMCS Vancouver, and answering naval trivia.

Awards were presented by Commodore Bob Autcherlonie, Commander Canadian Fleet Pacific.

Capt Cheryl Major
RCSU (Pac)
Public Affairs Officer

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