Apprentices claim double victory at Ely Aquafest

A group of Cambridge Regional College apprentices used their skills to win two awards at Ely Rotary’s Aquafest 2017 – Ely’s most prestigious community event.

An estimated 10,000-strong crowd, the largest ever at the annual event, cheered on from the riverbanks of the Great Ouse as the team of apprentices from JDR Cable Systems rowed their way to an impressive victory in the main event of the afternoon – the raft race.

JDR Apprentices Rory Williams, James Harrod, Ethan Green, Gareth Sullivan, Jessica Warby, Sam Hilton and Yacine Zakkour

Raft team Katya Giles, Jessica Warby, James Harrod and Sam Hilton

JDR, a leading supplier of subsea power cables and umbilical to the global offshore energy industry, entered a team of seven apprentices in this year’s Aquafest raft race.

The students were required to design, build and project manage the raft while keeping to a budget. The JDR team, in their first appearance at the event, were presented with a prize for fastest Category B raft and a separate prize for the Mayor’s Buoyant Business award.

Sam Hilton, Engineering Apprentice at JDR, said: “As an Apprentice at JDR I took great pride playing a part in the project to build the winning raft for Ely Aquafest 2017. It was an excellent team-building exercise which saw all the apprentices plan, design, construct and race the raft from start to finish.”

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