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6th Trinidad Sea Scouts
2nd Place Winners
@ 1st TTDBF Regatta
Held on Sunday 21st January, 2007
Kayak Centre Chaguaramas
6th Trinidad Sea Scouts and Dragon Boat Racing


            The “KFC Angels and Saints” were proud participants of the first ever Dragon Boat Festival in Trinidad and Tobago. The Festival was a focal point of the celebrations of the Chinese Bicentennial Arrival in Trinidad. The main feature of the event, held at the Kayak Centre in Chaguaramas, was the dragon boat race, the first of its kind in Trinidad (Dragon Boat Racing is a newly introduced sport here). The team comprised scouts from the 6TH Trinidad Sea Scout Group (6TSS), in St. Mary’s College, the “Saints”, and nine (9) females, the “Angels”.

            6TSS involvement in aquatic activities, led to an invitation from the organisers of the event to be among the first learning the sport. Due to a number of factors, we were originally not scheduled to participate in the event (the Festival), but expected to prepare for another event involving secondary-school level teams, which is hoped to be held later. We therefore had few practice sessions, as the emphasis at the time was mainly on the races for the corporate and various Chinese Association teams.

            As time progressed however, we were notified about plans for an exhibition race, in which a World Class, Canadian team was to participate against several local teams. Three (3) weeks prior to the race, 6TSS was invited to participate. This opportunity we eagerly accepted, and set about the task of meeting one of the conditions for participation –  of the twenty-two (22) member team (plus four (4) reserves), at least eight (8) must be female

            We were able to recruit the likes of Ria Ramnarine (WIBA Mini Fly Weight World Champion), CherylAnn Sankar (Bronze Medallist Feather Weight Division Taekwondo – CAC Games), Shanice Mohammed (National Swimmer – Back and Free style strokes – CCCAN and CISC Competitions), and Emily Fitzpatrick (National Swimmer – Butterfly stroke – Goodwill Games,], Kay Moyou, Christina Rodriguez, Michelle Newallo, Rhonda Chan Soo and Melanie Trim who are all athletically fit. 6TSS went into high gear, seeking sponsorship, which was eventually obtained from Prestige Holdings Limited and Maxm. We only had seven training-sessions on three Friday afternoons, three Sunday mornings and the final training session on the Wednesday afternoon before the big day. As the race day neared, several interested members of the Scout Group were disappointed when they were not selected for the final team. More excitement was to come though, as the withdrawal of another team meant that the “Angels and Saints” were asked to enter into the qualifying heats before they would be allowed into the exhibition race.

            The team performed admirably on the day, winning our first heat in a time of 2.09.6 minutes, and coming from behind to finish first in the A division of the second heat. Unfortunately, the aggregate time of 4.36.13 minutes did not qualify to advance into the finals, but nevertheless, we came in a creditable fourteenth (14th) out of the thirty (30) participating teams. Overall, the hard work and preparation resulted in a learning and exciting experience, and we deserve to be proud of our accomplishment.


Adrian Gittens

Immediate past Senior Corps Leader


Team Member “Angels and Saints”

6thTrinidad Sea Scouts (6TSS) will commemorate their 70th Anniversay of the start of the annual investiture ceremony of the new scouts, on Sunday 12th Nov at 9:00a.m.
All the Angels and their respective significant others and/or their family members are invited to attend this special ceremony. We are asking the Angels to wear their Angels and Saints Tshirt and a blue jeans. All past Saints are invited as well and may invite anyone of their choice. This invitation is also extended to Dominic Forbes our drummer. All past Saints please note that we have senior troop Tshirts available at a cost of $40.00. We are also having a Chinese Q on the same day with the cost at $25.00 per ticket.
Lunches will be distributed from 11:30a.m. - 1:30p.m.

I am pleased to inform you all, that the photo album is up and running. So that menu item will now link you to a ready-made online photo album. The plan is to keep updating the album to have pictures from different events. At the moment, it has pictures from the dragon boat racing event. Enjoy!

Parents Support Body was formed. At a parent meeting on Wednesday 12th October 2006 an executive and other committees were created.

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