CREEA visit to UKSA, Cowes

Posted by Admin on Thursday, 4th July 2013, 12:36

On Tuesday 2nd July 2013 sixteen members and two guests of the Cowes Radar Ex-Employees Association enjoyed a very interesting tour of the facilities available at the UK Sailing Academy in Arctic Road, Cowes.

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Ash Holmes was our guide and he explained the function of many of the state-of-the-art facilities.

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We were shown around Gypsy Moth IV and a larger, 14-man, ocean yacht both of which showed how ‘Chummy’ the crews had to be to remain friends!
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One of the more fascinating areas was the radar training room where it was possible to control a ‘virtual’ vessel using real navigational charts.
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After visiting their other training facilities for basic boat repair techniques, emergency rescue procedures and engine mechanics we were treated to delicious homemade cakes with tea and coffee.

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The Managing Director Richard Baggett then had a short chat with us before we left.
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All in all, an eye-opening experience of a training institution for all ages with a world standard professional expertise right on our doorstep.
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Below are numerous photographs showing some of the items of interest shown to our group.

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Click on each image up to three times to magnify.

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Visit the UKSA website
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Photos courtesy of Barry Bates and Alan Welfoot.

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