Cadets Casey Kent and Ian Curran.

Cadets Casey Kent and Ian Curran.

Curran first in nationals

Ashcroft cadet Ian Curran makes it a first place finish in his second attempt at the Royal Canadian Sea Cadet National Sailing Regatta.

“It was fun,” says Ashcroft Cadet Ian Curran, about coming in first in the Royal Canadian Sea Cadet National Sailing Regatta in Kingston, Ont. last month. “It was nice to win.”

This was Curran’s second try at the title. Two years ago he came in fifth. This year he had a new sailing partner and a little more experience.

Cadets Curran of 347 Avenger RCSCC in Ashcroft and Casey Kent of 136 Amphion RCSCC in Nanaimo qualified for the national regatta in Kingston in April when they won the National Qualifying Regatta in Victoria.

Curran says conditions in Kingston ranged from no wind to lots. But the water was still warm.

Curran and Kent competed with 24 other boats. He says the first thing he did when they crossed the finish line was to text his mom with the good news.

“I don’t know if there’s a future for me in sailing,” he says. “I really hope so.”

His advice to others: “Stick at it,” says Curran. “It’ll all be worth it in the end.”