1. Skipper: Mr Andy Ferney

1. Skipper: Mr Andy Ferney

Andy Ferney original joined the Army and served in the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers reaching the rank of Sergeant.   He saw service in many theatres around the world, including Northern Ireland, Germany and Canada.   It was whilst serving that he started sailing and was an active member of the Army’s own yacht club; the Army Sailing Association.  Andy decided to leave the army and embark on a second career in sailing.   He is now a fully qualified Ocean Yacht Master working in the Joint Services Adventure Sail Training Centre and is one of a handful of qualified skippers for the large Challenge yachts.  Every year he sails thousands of miles and introduces hundreds of soldiers to sailing.

2. 1st Mate: Corporal Danny Minns

2. 1st Mate: Corporal Danny Minns

Cpl Danny Minns aged 25, comes from Newquay in Cornwall. He successfully completed military training at the Infantry Training Centre Catterick (ITCC) in 1999, thereafter, joining the 1st Battalion Coldstream Guards.

It had always been an ambition of Danny’s to join the British Army and therefore at age 16, he decided that the military way of life and its values, were what he aspired to. After serving 5 years with his Battalion, Danny was posted to the Guards Adventure Training Yacht (Gladege) in Gosport. In the last 4 years he has sailed over 27000 miles around the world, teaching military personnel how to sail. Danny’s other passion outside sailing is surfing.

Danny is currently employed at Gosport, working at the Army Offshore Sailing Centre for the Household Division Sailing Association. This facility provides young men and women with that unique opportunity to experience life on the ocean wave!

3. 2nd Mate: Lieutenant Rob Fell

3. 2nd Mate: Lieutenant Rob Fell

Lt Rob Fell aged 24, comes from High Wycombe in Buckinghamshire.  He attended the Royal Grammar School, High Wycombe and on completion of his education was offered a place at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst (RMAS) as an Officer Cadet.  Following his initial officer training he was later commissioned into the Royal Corps of Signals.

Rob has served with 15th Signal Regiment in Northern Ireland, 7th Signal Regiment in Germany and is currently serving with 3 (UK) Div HQ and Signal Regiment based at Bulford in Wiltshire.

Rob is a keen and enthusiastic sailor, mountaineer and rugby player.  He has played an active role, supporting the Royal Signals Yacht Club, racing both Mermaid Keelboats at Seaview.

On completion of the expedition Rob will commence pre-deployment training for Op TELIC 11 as he is due to serve a 6 month tour in Iraq from Dec 07.

4. Watch leader: Lieutenant Chris Greenwood

4. Watch leader: 2nd Lieutenant Chris Greenwood

Lt Chris Greenwood aged 20, comes from Plymouth in Devon.  He attended Wellington School in Somerset and on completion of his education was awarded a Bursary.  He subsequently read Marine Sports Technology at Plymouth University.  In September 2008, he will join the Britannia Royal Naval College as a Warfare Officer.

Chris thoroughly enjoys the Adventure Training opportunities that the Services have on offer and has been lucky enough to participate in a number of them.    His most memorable activity so far has been Exercise Bavarian Surprise, a ski-touring expedition in Bavaria.

Chris is a keen sailor and his thirst for the ocean waves started at university where he raced dinghies.  During Leg One of the expedition, Chris will be acting as a Watch Leader due his extensive knowledge and experience.

As well as sailing, Chris also enjoys surfing, cycling, running and playing the electric guitar in his spare time.

5. Watch Leader: Lance Corporal Pete Fletcher

5. Watch Leader: Lance Corporal Pete Fletcher

LCpl Peter Fletcher aged 28, comes from Salford in Greater Manchester.  He attended Joseph Eastham High School in Little Hulton.  He decided to join the British Army at age 18, believing that this would enable him to secure both good career prospects and a better life style.  Unfortunately Peter’s initial application to join the Army was unsuccessful on medical grounds however through great perseverance he was later successful in securing a place at the Army Training Regiment Bassingbourn (ATRB) some twelve months later.

On completion of his initial training, Peter then attended the Infantry Training Centre Catterick where his skills as an Infantry soldier were further developed.  Over the last 10 years, Peter has led a full and rewarding career as a member of the 2nd Battalion Royal Regiment of Fusiliers.

Peter is a keen sailor and is currently qualified as a Yacht Master, with an aspiration to progress to instructor status in the near future.

During the expedition, Peter will be assuming the role of Watch Leader.  This is an extremely important undertaking due to the inexperience of his fellow crew mates and his knowledge and experience will be paramount to the successful completion of the Leg.


Crew:

6. Bombadier Michael Westhead

6. Bombadier Michael Westhead MBE

Bdr Michael Westhead aged 27, comes from Leyland in Lancashire. He attended Worden High School and was a member of the 3rd Leyland Scout Group. He decided to join the British Army immediately on completion of his education in order to pursue his perfect career. Michael completed his initial military training at Army Training Regiment Pirbright, before moving on to the Royal School of Artillery (RSA) at Larkhill to undertake his trade training. This specialist training enabled him to become an effective soldier in his Regiment.

Michael has been a serving member of 1st Regiment Royal Horse Artillery (1RHA) for 10 years and is currently employed as a Signals Instructor at 24 Bty RA.

On completion of the expedition, Michael will return to his Unit where he will commence pre-deployment training for future operations in Afghanistan. Michael enjoys a variety of water sports and in particular jet skiing and sailing.

7. Fusilier Kristian Dawson

7. Fusilier Kristian Dawson

Fusilier Kristian Dawson aged 18, comes from Rochdale in Greater Manchester.  He attended St Cuthbert’s RC High School and was a member of T.S Frobisher of the Royal Marine Cadets.  It was here that he achieved the rank of Cadet Sergeant.  He then spent one year at college before deciding to join the British Army.  He started his military career at the Infantry Training Centre Catterick (ITCC) where he was taught the key skills of a modern day Infantry Soldier.

On completion of the expedition Kristian is to the 2nd Battalion Royal Regiment Fusiliers (2RRF) in Cyprus.

Kristian is a keen sportsman, and is particularly interested in rugby union and Kayaking. Kristian really enjoyed his time at ITCC, and is looking forward to embracing the variety of demanding challenges that the Army has to offer.

8. Air Trooper Kris Hardy

8. Air Trooper Kris Hardy

Air Trooper Kris Hardy aged 22, comes from Bradford in West Yorkshire.  He attended Hanson Upper School and following a variety of jobs decided to enlist into the British Army in order to make a better life for himself and his son, as well as making his family proud of him.  He started his initial military training at the Army Training Regiment (Winchester) (ATRW) before then moving on to the Army Air Corps Phase Two School at Middle Wallop.  but just as importantly to make his family proud.

After the expedition, Kris will be posted to 9 Regiment Army Air Corps and is very much looking forward to deploying on operations when called upon.

Kris plays ice hockey for the AAC and is a keen footballer.

9. Gunner Andrew Needham

9. Gunner Andrew Needham

Gunner Andrew Needham aged 21, comes from Rhyl in North Wales.  He attended Ysgol Emrys ap Iwan in Abergele and on completion of his education then became a Lifeguard.  However after a couple of years having made the decision that life was not particularly exciting, Andrew decided to join the British Army

He completed his initial military training at the Army Training Regiment (Pirbright) (ATRP) before moving on to the Royal School of Artillery (RSA) at Larkhill.  It is here at the RSA where he is training to be a Gunner Command System Iv1.  After the expedition, Andrew will complete his training and join the 39th Regiment Royal Artillery in Newcastle.

Andrew has enjoyed the daily challenges that the training environment has provided and is now looking forward to a rewarding career in the Army.

10. Private Danny Thomson

10. Private Danny Thomson

Private Danny Thomson aged 19, comes from Parson Cross in Sheffield.  He attended Yewland School and on completion of his education started working life as a barman.  However he soon came to realise that there were greater opportunities to be had other than pulling pints!  Danny started his military training at the Infantry Training Centre Catterick (ITCC), where he was taught the essential skills required by the modern day Infantry Soldier. 

After the expedition Danny will be posted to the Field Army, by joining the 3rd Battalion the Yorkshire Regiment (Duke of Wellington's) which is currently stationed in Warminster.  He is very much looking forward to further developing his newly acquired soldiering skills.

Danny has an active social life outside of work, as he enjoys participating in a game of rugby as well as spending time by the river, fishing.

11. Sapper Alex Johnson

11. Sapper Alex Johnson

Sapper Alex Johnson age 17, comes from Deal in Kent.  He attended Castle Community College and decided to join the British Army immediately on completion of his education.  He started his initial military training at Army Training Regiment Bassingbourn (ATRB), before moving on to the Royal School of Military Engineering (RSME) at Minley.  Here he completed the first part of his Corps training as a Combat Engineer.  After the expedition Alex will then undertake his trade training by attending a bricklaying and concreting course before joining 36 Engineer Regiment.

Alex enjoys all sports, especially football and moto-cross.

Alex has enjoyed his time spent in the Army so far and has found it to be extremely rewarding both personally and professionally.  He is now very much looking forward to the future, especially becoming a fully trained Sapper and joining his unit.

12. Signaller Andrew Nind

12. Signaller Andrew Nind

Signaller Andrew Nind, aged 18, comes from Abergavenny, South Wales.  He attended King Henry VIII school and was a member of 2478 Abergavenny Squadron of the Air Training Corps where he reached the rank of Cadet Sergeant.  He decided to join the Army straight from school and worked in a hotel prior to joining up.  He started his training at ATR Lichfield before going to the Royal School of Signals to complete his trade training as a Communications systems Operator.  After the expedition he will go onto specialised training as an Electronic Warfare Systems Operator at DISC Chicksands, and then will hopefully be posted to JSSU Cyprus.

Andrew enjoys playing squash and a keen interest in gliding, hoping to achieve his gliding instructor qualification as soon as possible.  He also plays an active part in his old Air Training Corps Squadron, training cadets.  Andrew really enjoyed both his phase 1 and phase 2 training and is looking forward to further expanding on what he has learnt so far in his career.

Andrew thoroughly enjoyed both his Phase 1 and Phase 2 training and is looking forward to further expanding on what he has learnt so far in his career.

13. Trooper Simon Gorman

13. Trooper Simon Gorman

Trooper Simon Gorman aged 21, comes from Chatham in Kent. He attended Green Acre Bays School and on completion of his education was employed at Kent Modular Electronics. However he soon realised that this was not the career for him and subsequently decided to join the Army.

In April 2005 he commenced his initial military training at the Army Training Regiment Winchester (ATRW), before moving on to the Royal Armoured Corps Training Regiment at Bovington in Dorset. It was here where he was taught how to drive and maintain a Challenger 2 Main Battle Tank. Simon is currently serving with 2nd Royal Tank Regiment (2RTR) in Tidworth.

Simon enjoys canoeing, football and rugby for which he represented the Kent Youth Team when he was 18 years of age. Simon has thoroughly enjoyed his military career to date and is very much looking forward to the career opportunities on offer.

14 Gunner Martin Reed-Darby

Gunner Martin Reed-Derby aged 20 comes from Malvern in Worcestershire where he attended the Dyson Perrins Church of England School.  He left school and started work as a labourer but wanting a greater challenge, he decided to join the army.   After studying all his options he decided to join the Royal Artillery.   Martin did his basic phase 1 training at ATR Pirbright before moving to The Royal School of Artillery to complete his trade training on the L118 light Gun.  His next posting is to 40 Regiment Royal Artillery in TopCliff.

Martin enjoys football and plays the guitar.

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