Tag Archives: offshore sailing

Baltic Pelican – Ardingly College CCF

Unit: Ardingly College CCF
Location: Sweden, Finland, Baltic Sea
Date: July 2017
Activities: Sailing
Exercise Baltic Pelican was the Summer Sailing Expedition for Ardingly College Combined Cadet Force (CCF) undertaken between the 16th and 22nd of July 2017. The Expedition sailed across the Baltic (hence the expedition name) from Stockholm in Sweden to Turku in Finland. There are no Pelicans in the Baltic but it...

OYT Scotland West Coast Challenge – HQ Air Cadets

Unit: HQ Air Cadets
Location: Scotland West Coast
Date: August 2016
Activities: Offshore sailing
“Its 10pm now”, said the first mate, “what time do you want lights-out?” “10.30” came the response from the crew of senior cadets taking part in the annual Headquarters Air Cadets ‘West Coast Challenge’ offshore sailing expedition. Proof that the week on-board the Ocean Youth Trust Scotland ketch, Alba Venturer,...

Ex Dragon Venturer Jerboa Rock – Derbyshire Army Cadet Force

Unit: Derbyshire Army Cadet Force (Mercian Regiment)
Location: Gibraltar
Date: October 2016
Activities: Caving, Diving, Sailing, Trekking, Other
Excited - the majority feelings among cadets prior to travelling, mixed with a healthy quantity of being curious, motivated, adventurous, anticipating something new, keen to get started, yet there was the inevitable sense of being apprehensive and nervous……. why? Because, for all of those chosen to join the Venture to...

Tall Ships Challenger 2016 – Selly Oak Trust School CCF

Unit: Selly Oak Trust School KES CCF
Location: Solent
Date: June 2016
Activities: Offshore sailing
Monday 27th June 2016 saw ten eager sailors from Selly Oak Trust School Birmingham, which is one of the largest for young people with special educational needs in Europe, depart for Portsmouth to take part in a Tall Ships Expedition. The group consisted of six 6th Form students and four...

Ex Atlantic Ubique 2015 – 103 Regt RA

Unit: 103 Regt RA
Location: Canary Islands
Date: October 2015
Activities: Offshore sailing
It all started on the 13th October. Seven intrepid explorers set off in search of adventure. Some of us knew vaguely what to expect, the others had no idea! Later that night we arrived in Lanzarote and finally met our Skipper Russ and First Mate Esh, who was to become...

Fastnet 2015 – Maritime Reserves

Unit: HMS President, HMS Flying Fox and HMS Ferret
Location: English Channel and Irish Sea
Date: August 2015
Activities: Offshore sailing
Reservists from HMS President, HMS Flying Fox and HMS Ferret took part in the 2015 Rolex Fastnet Race aboard the RNVR Yacht Club’s Beneteau 40.7 yacht Volunteer. Organised by the Royal Ocean Racing Club (RORC), the race celebrated its 90th anniversary in 2015, with a record fleet of 356 yachts...

Ex Transglobe 2015 – University of London OTC

Unit: University of London OTC
Location: Atlantic
Date: August 2015
Activities: Offshore sailing
In 2015, the Joint Services Adventure Sail Training Center (JSASTC), organised the “Exercise Transglobe”. This exercise is one with tremendous military tradition, which happens every five years. A group of UK forces personnel take parts on legs of a trans- global trip on the two 72ft yachts. I was...

OYT West Coast Challenge – Headquarters Air Cadets

Unit: Headquarters Air Cadets
Location: Scotland - West Coast
Date: August 2015
Activities: Offshore Sailing
Gale force winds, rough seas and seven days spent almost entirely within the confines of the 72 foot ketch, Alba Venturer, set the scene for the West Coast Challenge Sailing Expedition 2015. Eleven cadets from across the UK together with two adult staff joined the OYT Scotland crew to sail...

The Rock 2015 – Basingstoke Sea Cadets

Unit: Basingstoke Sea Cadets
Location: Gibraltar and Western Med
Date: June 2015
Activities: Offshore Sailing
On the 28th of June 2015 Basingstoke Sea Cadets ventured out on a week’s trip to Gibraltar to complete a Competent Crew course with All Abroad Sailing Academy. The first day mainly consisted of travelling. We arrived in Gibraltar in the midday heat, which gave us an idea of the weather...

Exercise Trident Ubique – 295 (Hampshire Yeomanry) Battery Royal Artillery

Unit: 295 (Hampshire Yeomanry) Bty RA
Location: Solent
Date: April 2015
Activities: Offshore sailing
295 (Hampshire Yeomanry) Battery Royal Artillery is one of the newest Batteries in the Royal Artillery that was raised September 2014 with a small cohort of ex regular soldiers and a great deal of enthusiasm. The first challenge is to recruit and build the team of Reservist soldiers, and offshore...

OYT Scotland West Coast Challenge 2014 – Headquarters Air Cadets

Unit: Headquarters Air Cadets
Location: Scotland - West Coast
Date: August 2014
Activities: Offshore Sailing
The annual HQ Air Cadets/Ocean Youth Trust Scotland West Coast Challenge offshore sailing expedition for senior cadets aged 18 years and over took place from the 18th to the 24th of August 2014. Sailing out of Oban on-board Alba Explorer under the watchful eyes and expert guidance of the OYT...