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Old 22 March 2005, 17:03   #1
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Went down to Portsmouth for the weekend with Kent Scouts. We stayed on HMS Bristol and went cruising round the Solent. Hit some pretty serious fog on the Saturday whilst the UK was bathed in sunshine.

Had a fantastic weekend though.

The ribcraft belongs to Kent Scouts. Me and my boat is the furthest away in the first frame.

Blue skies.
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Old 22 March 2005, 17:05   #2
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Old 28 March 2005, 09:13   #3
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Went down to Portsmouth for the weekend with Kent Scouts. We stayed on HMS Bristol and went cruising round the Solent. Hit some pretty serious fog on the Saturday whilst the UK was bathed in sunshine.

Had a fantastic weekend though.

The ribcraft belongs to Kent Scouts. Me and my boat is the furthest away in the first frame.

Blue skies.
Tim'mers.
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Old 28 March 2005, 10:41   #4
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Wow!

I used to be a sea scout years ago, was a member of I think 23rd sea scouts in southampton (under the itchen bridge, city center side).

I also stayed on the HMS Bristol, and did my rya level 2 there with my old scout leaders.

The marching up to get breakfast in the morning was the only annoying bit, the rest of the time we were out on the champs and whalers they had there.

Is the boat still in Whale Island?
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Old 28 March 2005, 14:40   #5
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looks like a nice day out with great british weather to boot

ps don,t tell the kent sea cadets that the scouts have a nice ribcraft
have you seen thair kit at herne bay i think the life jackets they had where from the war

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Old 28 March 2005, 15:59   #6
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looks like a nice day out with great british weather to boot

ps don,t tell the kent sea cadets that the scouts have a nice ribcraft
have you seen thair kit at herne bay i think the life jackets they had where from the war

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Ref your comment, due to the way this country is going ie everyone wants to sue the backside off of everyone. All seacadets that have not passed the swimming test have to wear 150 newton MOD issue lifejackets that are tested every 6 months. They may look crap but at the end of the day they do their job. Our regulations are a lot tighter than the scouts as we are not allowed to use any other lifesaving equip than that issued by MOD otherwise our insurance is invalid.You may also like to bear in mind that every sea cadet unit is a charity in its own right and are NOT funded by MOD(RN).
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Ref your comment, due to the way this country is going ie everyone wants to sue the backside off of everyone. All seacadets that have not passed the swimming test have to wear 150 newton MOD issue lifejackets that are tested every 6 months. They may look crap but at the end of the day they do their job. Our regulations are a lot tighter than the scouts as we are not allowed to use any other lifesaving equip than that issued by MOD otherwise our insurance is invalid.You may also like to bear in mind that every sea cadet unit is a charity in its own right and are NOT funded by MOD(RN).
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i am backing you i can,t see why our youth orginisation are so under funded
it seem the sea cadets seem to be left out of any funds the ACF are supported by the army and have access to all the kit free of charge
as you say the bigger you are the more money you get the scouts have access to grants and so on

i think all youth orginisation should be funded from central goverment
giveing more support to our kids

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Old 29 March 2005, 05:17   #8
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I used to be a sea scout years ago, was a member of I think 23rd sea scouts in southampton (under the itchen bridge, city center side).

I also stayed on the HMS Bristol, and did my rya level 2 there with my old scout leaders.

The marching up to get breakfast in the morning was the only annoying bit, the rest of the time we were out on the champs and whalers they had there.

Is the boat still in Whale Island?
Oh yes the walk to breakfast can be a bit grim, especially when wet and cold. Bristol is still there and it seems to be full and in demand still. She is getting a bit tired though. The steel hull is rusting away quite badly and she has an unsure future. They are seriously looking at scrapping her because the hull is so bad. She's been into dry dock where thay plated up some bad bits but she still has bilge pumps running 24/7.

Must say that the boating facilities there are first class. We normally take our own big ribs in as they are not really equipped in that department.

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PS we have a web site which outlines most of what we do see Kent Scouts
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Old 29 March 2005, 12:17   #9
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i am backing you i can,t see why our youth orginisation are so under funded
it seem the sea cadets seem to be left out of any funds the ACF are supported by the army and have access to all the kit free of charge
as you say the bigger you are the more money you get the scouts have access to grants and so on

i think all youth orginisation should be funded from central goverment
giveing more support to our kids

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Thanks for that,yep the ATC and ACF are part funded by MOD, Sea cadets had that chance many many moons ago but decided against it as every time there are defence cuts the army and air cadets get hit aswell, alas they have no proper uniform any more andtheres another round of cuts coming up.

Tim,
Yep Bristol is wearing a bit thin underneath, there is a very very strong rumour that in the next few years that it may get replaced by a carrier(berthed a bit further down and all the pontons removed where the diving boats are, like to see the risk asses. for the flight deck.
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Old 29 March 2005, 13:23   #10
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Reading this thread brought back some good memories, I stayed on HMS Kent a few times which was there before the Bristol, and your right the march to breakfast was a pain, but I would thoroughly recommend the sea cadets/ sea scouts to any young person, it gives you a really good grounding in all aspects of boating.
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