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Local board grant helps young sailors learn the ropes

Published: 19 December 2018

One of the best things about living in Auckland is getting out on the water, and Ōrākei Local Board is lending a hand to budding young sailors keen to get their sea legs as part of the TS Achilles Sea Cadets.

The group recently received a $7500 grant from Ōrākei Local Board to help fund vital sailing equipment. The grant will go towards refurbishing the hulls of two Crown sailboats.

TS Achilles Sea Cadet Unit Commander, Lieutenant Commander Craig Walecki, says the group relies on grants and sponsors to make sure they can keep providing a good experience for their young cadets.

“Our Crown boats, whilst quite old, are ideal boats to train young people in sailing, teamwork and leadership skills, so it’s worthwhile maintaining them to keep offering those opportunities to tomorrow’s young leaders. This is why we’re extremely grateful to Ōrākei Local Board for the support and generosity,” he says.

Ōrākei Local Board Chair Kit Parkinson says the board was happy to support the group as they provide such a valuable experience for local young people.

“Not only do the sea cadets have a great time sailing, rowing and kayaking out in our beautiful Okahu Bay, they also get a chance to foster leadership skills, take part in team building exercises and learn basic first aid.

"What a great opportunity for our young people,” he says.

The TS Achilles Sea Cadet unit began 55 years ago. It is named after the ship HMS Achilles, later HMNZS Achilles, that fought in the Battle of the River Plate during the Second World War.  

New cadets can be of any gender and must be at least 13 years old. TS Achilles meets on Thursday nights and some weekends during the school term. For more information, go to achilles.org.nz

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