The Cornish Sea Cadets have been boosted by a cash donation from the Western Provident Association benevolent fund.
WPA is making a big commitment to the cadets over the next five years, ensuring that 141 local young sailors have access to brand new equipment.
It includes three RS Fevas (two person sailboats), two Topper dinghies, two Topper sails, 24 wet suits, 24 spray suits and other equipment needed to operate the vessels.
The donation will allow the sea cadets to be based at
Stithians Lake, improving access for young people.
It also covers the costs of maintenance, training the 117 volunteers who support the cadets, plus a cadet bursary scheme so that Cornish cadets can go sailing offshore.
Charlie McEwan, director of good causes for the WPA, said: “WPA benevolent foundation promotes healthy activity among the young and, following the Sea Cadets performance at the Jubilee River Pageant last year, we were inspired to evolve a Cornwall project to develop the sailing centre at Stithians Lake and fund scholarships for cadets to experience a voyage offshore.”
The new boats were blessed at a special ceremony at Stithians Lake on Sunday, watched by cadets from the five Cornish units, Falmouth and Penryn, Penzance, St Austell, Truro and Padstow.