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It'll be cold, it could get windy, and it'll definitely be wet! This is what awaits 35 Warsash cadets as they embark on what is likely to be one of the toughest 24 hours in their lives.
On Friday 11 March, this intrepid team of cadets will be braving the elements to spend 24 hours in a liferaft in aid of Sail 4 Cancer, a specialist cancer respite charity that provides sailing breaks for families affected by the disease.
As well as raising money for Sail 4 Cancer, the challenge will be an opportunity to boost the cadets' training, proving a good test of their courage, determination, team-building skills and self-confidence, whilst experiencing something that every seafarer hopes never to have to undergo for real.
The liferafts will be tethered to buoys at the end of the Academy's pier and afloat in the chilly waters of the River Hamble, as though they were cast adrift from their sinking vessel.
This is the third year in a row that Warsash cadets have supported the challenge and this year's team includes two who took part last year. Elle Watson, a phase 3 cadet and 'seasoned challenger' says: "When I first got off the raft last year I was adamant I would rather go down with a ship than be in a liferaft again! But once I’d had time to recover, I realised what a great time I’d actually had, despite it being cold and cramped. I love challenges and doing things out of the ordinary, and to take part in a unique challenge for such a great cause, well it seems stupid not to do it again!"
Senior lecturer, Ian Arnold, who is co-ordinating the event for the Academy says: "We're delighted to be supporting Sail 4 Cancer's 24 hour liferaft challenge for the third year running. The cadets have already begun to raise sponsorship money and we're hoping that we'll raise as much, if not more, than previous years."
You can support Team Warsash, Sail 4 Cancer and the challengers by making a donation at their fundraising page.
Companies supporting this year’s challenge include Survitec Group, who are providing the liferafts, Sunsail Events, who are providing life jackets and foul weather gear, Sodexo, who are providing hot food to help sustain the cadets through the challenge, and The Warsash Association who are supporting the team and will be providing each of the cadets with a keepsake of the challenge.
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