Ex. Blue Salt Blade
With everything checked, kit and equipment loaded a Staff and Cadet team of over 20 finally gathered and made their way down a rain soaked and windswept M5 and onto RAF Portreath, their camp during the two day pre expedition training course. The team spent the weekend getting used to the longer and harder to manoeuvre Sea Kayaks, getting to know each other and preparing for the expedition which would start on the following Monday morning. They came from Devon & Somerset, Bristol & Gloucestershire and Hants and Isle of Wight Wings, all experienced Air Cadets, they soon formed a good team. Sea kayakers depend on each other for support and rescue, so developing great teamwork was essential.
The weather did not seem to bother the team, it was raining in Cornwall, there is nothing unusual about that. Gradually as the week progressed, the weather improved and in classical Cornish style it turned out to be beautiful on the final day. The team had explored the Helford river, wild camping and foraging on the shoreline, mid-way through the week they moved to Falmouth and continued to explore the coast and develop their skills. There were several evening beach fires and long conversations, nine days with no signal and no telly! Everyone seemed to enjoy the experience, being outdoors, close to nature, in challenging conditions, with good friends. What could be a better way to spend a week in August?
Ex. Blue Salt Blade was put together by Devon & Somerset Wing ATC with the help of Shaun Rodgers, a laid back South African/Irish director of Sea Kayaking Cornwall, their team was equally as impressive as their equipment, their track record and the Cornish coastline. This expedition was ground breaking in the Wing and is helping to open up a whole new adventure training activity.