We are hoping that Cowes Classics Week competitors will support the event charity by including a minimum of £20 as a donation with their regatta entry, and those who donate through this website will be entered into a draw for a Magnum of Champagne. It's really easy to help the charity; simply follow this link and select 'Charitable Donation to Sea Cadets Cowes and Champagne Draw'
Sea Cadets is the UK’s largest maritime youth charity which was established in 1854, with over 14,000 young people aged from 10 years to18 years in over 400 Units, each with individual charitable status, across the UK. We work in partnership with the Royal Navy under a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) and are governed by the national charity MSSC - the Marine Society & Sea Cadets. Sea Cadets offer a range of adventurous activities with a naval theme and ethos which aims to build life skills, confidence and ability, and helping to promote self-esteem by encouraging young people to reach their full potential through teamwork and leadership challenge.
Cowes Sea Cadets (TS OSBORNE) was founded in September 1922 based in the Boat Shop, Cowes, later moving to Osborne Hall, part of the former site of the Royal Navy College Osborne. The Unit then moved on-board the Mabel Taylor, a two-masted schooner occupying a mud berth on the east side of the River Medina. With a grant from the Admiralty a new headquarters was built in 1958 at Whitegates, Arctic Road, Cowes, which was demolished in early 2012 and replaced with a fantastic purpose built Unit HQ which opened in 2015.
Cadets are given the opportunity to gain qualifications awarded by external organisations; Royal Yachting Association, British Canoe Union, St John Ambulance, also BTEC, CVQO and the Duke of Edinburgh’s Awards Scheme. Training and skills opportunities include; waterborne activities in Offshore Sailing, Dinghy Sailing, Paddleboard, Rowing, Kayaking and Powerboating. Also in Seamanship, Marine Engineering, Adventure Training, Cook/Steward, Drill & Piping, Communications, First Aid, Music and Meteorology.
Inter-unit, Area and National Competitions are held in Swimming, Rowing, Dinghy Sailing, Powerboating, Seamanship, Drill & Piping, 5 a Side Football, First Aid, Shooting and Drummer/Bugler disciplines. Healthy competition is encouraged and TS OSBORNE has gained national recognition with a Leading Cadet Bugler/Drummer performing with the Massed Band of the Sea Cadets at the National Trafalgar Day Parade in London and Birmingham International Tattoo in 2016.
TS OSBORNE parade on Mondays & Thursdays from 1900 to 2100 at the Unit HQ at Whitegates, Arctic Road, Cowes, PO31 7PG and as a thriving and growing Unit, we are hoping to increase waterborne activities for all our Cadets with much needed boating equipment and funding for training.
Thank you for your support!