Amber Jones holds her own at national level
© Gillian Bourke, Navy League of Canada
Cadet Amber Jones of the Baie Verte RCSCC Grenfell executes a trapping manoeuver – leaning completely outside the boat while safely ensconced in a harness – as she and crewmate Cadet Lindsay Kehoe sail in the National Regatta held on Lake Ontario in August. Jones made it to competition by being one of 50 top sea cadets in the country.
The National Sea Cadet Regatta took place Aug. 20-24, and Cadet Amber Jones from RCSCC Grenfell of Baie Verte represented her home province. Partnered with Cadet Lindsay Kehoe, the pair placed 8 of 25 teams.
Jones and Kehoe placed consistently in the top half of the pack over the course of 13 races. They took their best finish on Race 11, placing fourth. At the end of the four-day regatta, the crew settled for eight place overall.
The top 50 sea cadets sailors from across the country compete annually in the National Regatta. Each team consists of a skipper and crew who competed in local and provincial/multi-provincial regattas to win a berth to nationals. Ten coaches accompany the sea cadets, along with over 50 support staff and volunteers. The challenge of the National Regatta provides the opportunity to compete, and a rewarding sailing experience. Teams compete for the title of top sea cadet using Club 420 Class sailboat.
Held each summer at the Royal Military College in Kingston, Ontario, sailing takes place on Lake Ontario.
The Royal Canadian Sea Cadet program is offered to youth between ages 12 to 18, and is delivered in partnership between the Navy League of Canada and the Department of National Defence.