The Forty-Day Sailing Challenge Came Back To London

A big and the tall ship that was crewed by injured, wounded, sick veterans and Army cadets, has come back to London. The ship left the capital 40 days back and she has reached the capital now. Lord Nelson also sailed to Belfast, Cardiff and Edinburgh as the part of Lord Dannatt’s Round Britain Challenge (LDRBC). This is the event that is run by the Jubilee Sailing Trust charity (JSTC).

Lord Nelson from the Tilbury in Essex made her way up the Thames River in the final hours of Lord Dannatt’s Round Britain Challenge. The ship used for this challenge was specially modified and was crewed by over 40 veterans as well as more than 90 Army cadets. They sailed for over 2,500 nautical miles. There were many sailors present at the event who participated and sailed for the first time.

Nicola Stokes, the RAF veteran shared her experience organizingthe sailing holiday and said: “We think, we have been lucky, as most of the watches we got were about dolphins.We even got the chance to watch dolphins at night. It was really an amazing experience.” In every capital, this event took place to remember the First World War 100th year anniversary. For the previous 40 years, the trust has taken over 50,000 people to the sea.

Before the challenge of this year the crews that will be on the ship were identified by military charities and the Army cadet force. The final and the fourth crew came on ship in Wales and from here they sailed her back to London.

Chris O’Donnell, the Royal Navy veteran shared how the team worked altogether, he said: “On the first day no one was aware of other. We all were standers and then it was all type of trying to find our feet. “By the third day, the dynamic was there and the same day teamwork came, because of the team work, things became really easy and then we started moving as one.”