This amazing week long event is celebrating 150 years of Cadet Forces. Over 1000 Cadets and Cadet Force Officers and Staff from Sea Cadet, Air Cadet and Army Cadet Corps are attending a week long camp in Waiouru. Cadets have travelled from all over New Zealand and there are also Cadets attending from Australia, Singapore and Canada.
The Governor-General, Lieutenant General the Rt Hon Sir Jerry Mateparae, will review the parade of 1200 Cadets and Officers at Waiouru Military Camp, the largest parade of Cadets in more than 50 years.
The parade will end an exercise from January 24-30 that will see the Cadets participate in a range of military activities from flying, tramping, sailing, shooting and medical evacuation scenarios in a challenging and disciplined environment.
Being part of Sea Cadets helps young people to develop many skills including leadership and make great friends along the way.
Please have a look around our website and if you would like some more information about joining Training Ship Achilles and becoming a Sea Cadet, please send us an email.
To see more photos from Cadet 150, visit www.cadet150.com
TS Achilles Sea Cadets and other North Island Sea Cadet Units took part in the 2013 Navy League Regatta recently. There were many activities to take part in including Sailing, Tug of War and throwing the Heaving Line. Check out cool photos from this event below...
Every year, the Sea Cadet Association of New Zealand offers the opportunity for Sea Cadets to undertake a 10 day voyage on the Spirit of New Zealand ship. This year, Jack Taylor from TS Achilles was lucky to be selected for this great adventure. Below is his report on his journey on the Spirit of New Zealand.
Spirit of New Zealand Voyage 651 – 14 to 23 August 2013.
Late in 2012 I received a letter from the Sea Cadet Association of New Zealand that congratulated me on being the recipient of the 2013 Missions to Seafarers 10 Day Youth Development Voyage on the Spirit of New Zealand.
Ten months later on the 13th of August I boarded my flight to Wellington to join Voyage 651. On arrival we were told that everyone was going be staying ashore rather than onboard, as the Spirit had hit bad weather on the voyage down from Napier. The next day we boarded and everyone was keen to get sailing. However a spring in the fuel injector system was broken! Meaning we had to spend Day One alongside the wharf in Wellington.
At 1500 on Day Two we finally cast our lines and motored out to Somes Island where we spent the night. On Day Three it was the usual 0630 wake up, and it was the first morning swim of the voyage. The 10°C water was refreshing and certainly woke everyone up! After breakfast it was time to go to cleaning stations. My team (Port B) was on amidships sail station. We were responsible for cleaning the deck, windows and brass. As soon as everyone had finished their cleaning stations the call was given to “hoist the sails”. Amidships was responsible for the square sails, so a few of us harnessed up and went up the mast to un-lash the sails we were going to use. Working on the yards was a great experience as you are high up standing on a wobbly wire, while trying to accomplish your task. After the anchor was lifted we set our sails by heaving and easing on various lines.
It was then time to leave the security of Wellington Harbor and head out into the mighty Cook Strait, all while enjoying a delicious muffin on deck. These were made by our wonderful cook Sue. On this sunny day, the Cook Strait was well behaved for us and we only encountered a 20 knot breeze with a 1 metre swell. Once the ship neared the South Island I was given the amazing opportunity to steer the ship through Tori Passage and into the Queen Charlotte Sounds. Shortly afterwards the ship started shaking for a short time. The ships engineer Patrick, raced up to the wheelhouse as he thought our Captain Laurie had hit something. At the same time Laurie thought something had gone terribly wrong in the engine room and sent the 1st Mate down to investigate. We had just experienced a 6.7 magnitude earthquake at sea!
Two days later we paddled ashore on the Spirit's inflatable rafts, and landed on a rocky beach in Endeavor Inlet. It was time to go for a hike on the Queen Charlotte track. After walking 23 km and sharing lots of stories we arrived at Resolution Bay and were all very happy to see the Spirit of New Zealand waiting for us. That night we had dinner ashore at Ships Cove, where the Captain Cook monument stands. After dinner in close to pitch black conditions we went for a very interesting walk on a hiking trail, to see the glow worms that had established themselves near a waterfall.
The next few days flew by and suddenly it was time to have the elections, to decide who was going to be the Captain of the Ship for trainee day. Trainee day happens on day nine. It is when the trainees take control of ship for the day and run it the way they want to. I was privileged to be voted Captain of the Spirit of New Zealand for the day by my peers! Trainee day made me realize how hard it is to run a Tall Ship and really helped me to improve my time management skills.
The next day I left The Spirit of New Zealand for the last time with my peers of voyage 651. I had an amazing 10 days onboard and recommend this experience to anyone who wants to learn new skills or is looking for an adventure.
By Jack Taylor
The annual 2Chill Sailing Camp was recently held on the Orakei Basin over Queen's Birthday weekend. Sea Cadets from TS Achilles and other Auckland units, along with Sea Cadet Units from Hamilton, Tauranga and Whangarei, took part in an epic sailing challenge. They sailed and pulled (rowed) their way around the Orakei Basin for 24 hours (yes, they sailed all night as well!). Teams of Cadets competed in 4 hour shifts to race their way around the Basin. Check out the awesome photos below and for more photos, please see the Photos page or TS Achilles on Flickr.
A group of Sea Cadets from Canada recently visited New Zealand on an international Sea Cadet exchange. A Sailing Camp was hosted by TS Chatham in Tauranga and Sea Cadets from 7 Units in the upper North Island attended. During the weekend camp, the Cadets participated in a range of activities including sailing Crown boats and Feva Yachts, raft building and land based challenges. For more photos, please visit the TS Achilles Sea Cadets Flickr page.
Seven Sea Cadet Units from the upper North Island took part in the 2013 Northern Area Sea Cadet Regatta. With Units form Whangarei, Auckland, Hamilton and Tauranga, there is always time for a quick catch up before the competition begins! This year, the winner of the Northern Area Sea Cadet Regatta was TS Chatham from Tauranga. Congratulations! TS Chatham will now represent the Northern Area in the National Sea Cadet Regatta, which will be held next weekend.
If you would like to see some of our Sea Cadets in action, then please watch this awesome video that has been made to show more about the activities that Sea Cadets participate in.
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Since we have now sailed into 2013, we thought we would share with you some highlights from the exciting things TS Achilles have done throughout 2012.
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