Sea Cadets to lead HM The Queen’s Jubilee barge

Sea Cadets from Stonehaven and District Unit will be taking the lead when they join other Sea Cadets from across the UK to lead HM The Queen’s Jubilee barge, Gloriana, down the Thames on June 3 in celebration of her Diamond Jubilee.

Cadets are training hard in preparation as they will be the focal point in a huge procession of over 1,000 vessels as they crowd the Thames to honour the Queen’s jubilee as part of a huge Thames pageant, the likes of which hasn’t been seen since 1717.

Two Stonehaven teams comprising three adults and eight cadets are part of a 55 strong team of Sea Cadet boats from all over the country, each one carrying a flag to represent a commonwealth nation, sailing in a diamond formation on an 11km route from Wandsworth to Greenwich.

The boats, Trinity 500’s, were specially designed for Sea Cadets last year by Olympic dinghy medallist Jo Richards and will be fitted with an outboard motor supplied by Suzuki GB.

Captain Sea Cadets, Capt Mark Windsor RN said, “This is a great honour for us, not least as HM The Queen is our Patron, but it also offers our cadets an incredible opportunity to take part in a once in a lifetime event, to be part of history.”

Officer in Charge Sean Fraser said “As the Corps most successful boating Unit we were determined to ensure Stonehaven was represented at this prestigious Diamond Jubilee event in the nation’s capital city.

“To have both our crews accepted is extremely pleasing and along with Ardrossan Unit we will represent Scotland with great pride.”

Sea Cadets is the UK’s largest maritime youth charity, working across the country in 400 towns with 14,000 Sea Cadets aged between 10 and 18.