National Regatta – Halifax Sea Cadet Race

Shamus McMillin a native of Halifax and the cadet petty officer is amongst the 50 sea cadets taking part in National Regatta in Kingston for 4 days in August. McMillin is one of sea cadets out of 236 sea cadet corps in and around Canada.

This in turn has made victory against local and multi provincial regattas a lot more impressive. However, McMillin still feels that is totally teamwork as each team is inclusive of a crew member and a skipper. The race basically determines the 2 competing cadets which would be the country’s best one in 25 Club 420 race.

There are altogether 6 other boats which would come from the Atlantic region. There would be sailors from Newfoundland and Maritimes as well as Labrador in the qualifying race. McMillin said that they have chosen the top 6 boats to take part in the regatta in Kingston. McMillin has sailed for close to 11 years and is all geared up to ensure that he along with his team performs well.

The 18 year old became a part of the cadets in 2012 and he was only 12 years old then. He had a few friends who were part of the organization and slightly older than him. It was a fun-filled experience for him and he quite enjoyed it. There are endless challenges that sailor’s face and McMillin is no different, although it is his 3rd year of racing. Some of the challenges faced by sailors include weather, low winds, and storms and so on. However, during the race, these challenges display the skills of the individual as well as team sailors.

The biggest part about it is the tuning of boat one needs to be prepared with. The boats may be a bit finicky and hence sailors need to ensure that it’s been set up perfectly before going on the water.

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