Richie Poole, 3D1, joined the Musselburgh Sea Cadets aged 10 and has clocked up a phenomenal list of achievements through Fund Raising, Volunteering and Qualifications.
On the 10th September Ritchie took part in a sponsored cycle to help raise funds for a new safety boat. He cycled with other cadets for 35 miles from the Falkirk Wheel to Edinburgh.
As well as sponsored walks and cycles, he has also been busy Bag Packing, attending Open Days and Gala Days!
He has gained 50 hours volunteering in the last two years by helping at the Edinburgh Marathon, the Scottish Half Marathon, Doggy Jog, Coffee Mornings, Flower Shows and the Musselburgh Riding of the Marches!
Recently, Ritchie attended the naming of the HMS Prince of Wales, which is the Navy’s latest aircraft carrier. This took place at Rosyth on the 8th September where the Duchess of Cornwall and the Duke of Rothesay named the aircraft carrier. Ritchie is pictured third from the left with fellow Cadets.
Ritchie has already gained a number of qualifications including: Second Class First Aid, Second Class Marine Engineering, Stage 3 RYA Sailing, Level 2 Power Boating, Level 1 Kayaking, Level 1 Mountain Biking, Basic Piping, Intermediate Adventure Training, Coxswain Rowing, Intermediate Off Shore Power (Powered Sailing Boat), Basic Off Shore Sailing (yachts) and Basic Stewarding.
This year alone, Ritchie has completed qualifications in Second Class Marine Engineering, level 2 power boating and stage 3 sailing. At the end of term Ritchie managed to sail from Largs to Oban on one of the sea cadets yachts, then from Inverness to Arbroath on the’ Jack Petchy’. Later this year, Ritchie has a week on the ‘John Jerwood’ which is an off shore powered boat and he will also complete a course for basic catering. In 2018 he has a week on a course called ‘Exploring Maritime’ at HMS Raleigh, a week on the ‘Royalist’ which is the Sea Cadets Tall ship and a course for Intermediate Catering.
Ritchie’s ultimate goal is to join the Navy after finishing school.