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South Wales Cadets set sail in the Canary Islands

Cadets aboard The Lord Nelson

On Monday 28th November, South Wales Police Youth Volunteers Morgan Howells and Joshua Coray set sail aboard The Sail Training Ship Lord Nelson in the Canary Islands, accompanied by cadet leader Sgt Mark John.

The Lord Nelson is owned by the Jubilee Sailing Trust and is a square rigged, three mastered barque sailing ship. At 55 metres in length the ship has the capacity to accommodate up to 50 crew of all abilities, including up to 8 wheelchair users.

Morgan, Joshua and Mark made up part of the 40 strong crew who set sail from La Palmas, Gran Canaria and travelled in excess of 600 nautical miles, stopping off at the island of La Gomera. Whilst in La Palmas they were given a tour of the island and shown the volcanic devastation site caused in 1971. Whilst aboard Morgan, Joshua and Mark were asked to ‘buddy up’ with a less able member of the crew to assist them with various tasks. They were also part of a 24/7 watch and took turns assisting kitchen staff during meal times.

Cadet leader, Sergeant Mark John said: “The trip was a fantastic opportunity for the Youth Volunteers to display their leadership, communication and social interaction skills.”

“The young people were a real credit to South Wales Police and the Youth Volunteer Scheme, they conducted themselves with the utmost behaviour and professionalism throughout. They have certainly paved the way for future trips to be conducted.”


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