Discoverer Setting Off

For The participants of leg 1 this marks the start of the expedition but of course the foundations for success of any project are made long in advance and LTTA owes a huge debt of thanks to a varied range of supporters who have encouraged, advised and lent their shoulder to the wheel in the preparatory stages of this expedition.   Most of you will not benefit directly from the experience but I hope that you will enjoy it vicariously from the soldiers who take part.   They and we in the expedition office, are enormously grateful for your support and continuing interest without which this expedition would simply not have happened.   We will strive to ensure your investment is realised.

And So on Friday 31 August, Discoverer slipped quietly out of Haslar Creek Gosport, the home of The Joint Services Adventure Sail Training Centre.   Heading to sea is always a significant event for any crew.  The more so on this occasion since it marks not only the start of leg 1 but also the entire expedition.   Leadership through the Atlantic is not exclusively a physical journey, it is also an opportunity for self discovery. The physical act of casting off the last mooring warp cuts the tie with land (less the communications suite that provides the opportunity to update this web site).

Discoverer’s crew are now a self contained and a self reliant team. What ever challenges are thrown at them, they and they alone will solve it. That might be daunting but it is also liberating.  No one can predict what challenges await them but I can confidently predict that they, like those who will follow them in this journey of discovery, will rightly walk a little taller when they return with salty tails and tales.   What ever follows is their story and I hope that in following it, you too will also see new horizons and opportunities.   “There is more in you than you yet know” . . . .

Richard Pattison
Major
Expedition leader

Biscay - Log 1:

“Wind speeds increased and with 50 knots of wind across the deck the crew were facing a force 9 gale with high seas . . . . . I couldn't believe it, the waves were breaking over the boat - we got drenched! This was crazy, the waves were massive, definitely as big as my house (and that’s not a bungalow!). This carried on all night long, it was a rough ride but there's no stopping the Barmy Army Crew, we battled through it as we always do and came out better.” (Read More)

Biscay - Log 2:

Following a break of 24hrs in Porto Santo after 7 days at sea (Porto Santo is an island near Maderia which is about 11km long by 6km wide. With only 1 town to speak of and a small population it is a friendly resort and close knit community. (Read More)

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