Young trainees on Leader have been improving the coastal environment during their week at sea.
A team from the 10th TS Canonteign Teign Valley Sea Cadet Unit 609 have just returned from six nights of sail training. The young sailors went ashore, having anchored at Plymouth Sound, and landed at Jennycliff Bay. Both staff and cadets were shocked to find the cove covered in litter and saw at first hand the effect it can have on marine life as they watched a seal swimming among plastic cups and packaging.
On their return to Leader, the cadets raised the idea of going back in the morning and completing a beach clean. Skipper Lara Caine agreed to delay sailing and provided plastic gloves and large commercial rubbish bags — three to four times the size of normal black bin liners — for the clean-up operation.
Senior Cadet on-board William Stirland who was undertaking his RYA Watch Leader’s qualification, said: “We have completed beach cleans in the past, along the Teign estuary. We did not have this in the programme but, after discussing with the CO, we all agreed to make this effort to highlight the problems rubbish can cause to sea life.”
Over an hours work resulted in three of these extra large bags being filled with rubbish, which was then taken away for lawful disposal at the next stop-over in Fowey.
Group leader Nick Maylam thanked the young cadets for all their hard work.
He said: “For October the weather was fantastic for sailing a tall ship, and the cadets underwent Royal Yachting Association certification, coming away with numerous qualifications.”