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Skipper: Becky Walford
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1st Mate: Sergeant (Sgt) Windy Gale MBE

1st Mate: Sergeant (Sgt) Windy Gale MBE

Sgt Darren “Windy” Gale MBE aged 36, comes from Fareham. I joined the Royal Signals in January 1989 and spent the first 8 years serving in Germany and the UK. During my time in the Army I have served in the Gulf, Bosnia and the Falkland Islands.

I am now employed as the Yacht manager and Chief Instructor for the Royal Signals in Gosport. My role involves managing and maintaining three of the Corps yachts, incorporating sail training and ocean sailing projects. I have also been lucky enough to be involved in BAAE 2001-02, down on to the ice, Mercury Challenge skippering a number of legs, one of which was around Cape Horn.

My first introduction to sailing was during Antigua race week as a young soldier on returning from the Gulf in 1991. Having never sailed before I soon developed a passion for the sport, working my way up the RYA ladder to yacht master ocean and Challenge 67 skipper. This will be my third time sailing in the southern ocean. After my first experience, I pledged never to return, but it has a harsh and mystical beauty which can draw you back. I’m really looking forward to sailing again with an old friend, Maj Dick Patterson on a new adventure.

2nd Mate: Major (Maj) Richard Pattison

2nd Mate: Major (Maj) Richard Pattison

Maj Richard Pattison, aged 45 is an officer in The Royal Anglian Regiment, the local regiment of East Anglia and the east midlands. He was introduced to mountaineering and sailing by his parents and encouraged to pursue his interest within the Army and regimentally. This has led to expeditions and opportunities across the world from Norway, to the Caribbean to the Antarctic.

Although clearly deriving considerable personal enjoyment from these activities in both recreational and adventurous terms, he is passionate about using the opportunity to encourage others to develop and expand their own horizons - again both for personal and professional development.

He currently works at the Head quarters of the Army Recruiting and Training Division as the project officer for Leadership through The Atlantic. In his "spare" time he is restoring a 100 year old traditional Essex sailing smack (fishing boat) and hopes in due course to embark on further maritime and adventures and visits to remote shores.

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Watch Leader: Warrant Officer Second Class (WO2) Shaun Mayland (Awaiting Profile)

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Watch Leader: Lance Corporal (L/Cpl) Steven Baird

L/Cpl Steven Baird age 25 comes from Ayr. I joined the army in Feb 00 and completed my Phase 1 training at ATR Bassingbourne (ATRB). On completion of training as a Royal Engineer, my initial posting in to the field army was with 3 Armoured Engineer Squadron for 4 years and within that time completed 3 operational tours, Bosnia, Kosovo, and Iraq. I was then posted to a Territorial Army unit in Scotland as the Commanding Officers (CO) driver.

It was during that time that I had my first sailing experience, when I was asked to participate in the fast net race. I was then posted to 12 (Air Support) Engineering Group in Cambridge as the COs driver, to my great fortune the CO was big into sailing and therefore I spent the majority of my time on the water developing my skills. I’m now a day skipper.

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JSML: Lieutenant Colonel (Lt/Col)
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ARTD Trainee (SAAvn): Air/Trooper Michael Casey

ARTD Trainee (SAAvn): Air/Trooper Michael Casey

A/Tpr Michael Casey aged 18 comes from Seacroft in Leeds. He attended Boston spa high school near Leeds, from September 2001 until May 2006. I played for a local football team called the Seacroft Colts between the age of 7 and 12, my main position being that of goalkeeper. My reason for joining the British Army was simple; I wanted to get out and do something different, be someone different, something that would be challenging, exciting and inspiring.

I attended the Army Training Regiment Winchester (ATRW) for my Phase 1 training. This is where my life hit an all time high and I was positive that the Army was for me. On completion of basic training I moved to Middle Wallop barracks near Andover to complete my special to arm training as an Army Air Corps Soldier, learning the skills required to carry out my duties during the rest of my career.

At the moment I’m proud of being an Army Air Corps Soldier and I have no plans to change in the next few years. While serving in the Corps I would like to attend a Commando course, Parachute course and to become a Door Gunner all in the next six years. After the Expedition I would like to be posted to 9 Regiment ACC in Dishforth, North Yorkshire or to 1 Regiment ACC in Germany, but at the moment it is still unknown where I will be going.

I’m quite interested in Athletics, Basketball and Football but I’m not much of a fan I prefer to take part instead. My hobbies include going to the Gym, watching films, competing in Team Sports, playing Computer Games and having a good time at the weekends with my mates. At the moment in the Army I’m not part of any external clubs although I have tried Rock Climbing and I am about to go for my first Ice Hockey session, So I guess the Expedition will be a big thing for me.

ARTD Trainee (Schinf): Private (Pte) Luke Stott

ARTD Trainee (Schinf): Private (Pte) Luke Stott

Pte Luke Stott aged 20 comes from Dundee and attended Morgan Academy. I joined the Army for the job security, career opportunities, to travel the world and for the change of lifestyle. I completed both my basic training and special to arms training at the Infantry Training Centre Catterick (ITCC) in order to achieve my ambition of becoming a combat Infantry soldier.

I completed my training at ITCC on the 25th January 08 and once the expedition is complete I shall be posted to 3 Scots (Black Watch) based in Inverness. My aspiration to become an infantry soldier was fuelled by my desire to be at the business end of what the Army does. I have a keen interest in Ice Hockey, Roller Hockey and Motor Cross; playing for Dundee Tigers Ice Hockey team before joining the Army.

ARTD Trainee (Schinf): Private (Pte) Gary Laidlaw

ARTD Trainee (Schinf): Private (Pte) Gary Laidlaw

Pte Gary Laidlaw aged 17 comes from East Ayrshire and attended Cumnock Academy. I Joined the Army to embrace the challenges that the Army has to offer, forging a successful and worthwhile career, making new friends and most of all travelling the globe.

I was taught the essential skills required by the modern day Infantry Soldier during by combined Infantry training at the Infantry Training Centre Catterick (ITCC). On completion of the expedition I will take up my first posting in the Field Army joining 3 Scots (Black Watch) in Inverness. I‘m interested in Extreme Martial Arts, Down Hill Mountain Biking and Football.

ARTD Trainee (ARMcen): Trooper (Tpr) Christopher Gregory

ARTD Trainee (ARMcen): Trooper (Tpr) Christopher Gregory

Tpr Christopher Gregory aged 19 comes from Macclesfield and attended Fallibroome High School. I completed Phase 1 training (basic) at the Army Training Regiment Winchester (ATRW), before moving to the Armoured Centre (ARMcen) at Bovington in Dorset to complete special to arm training as a Challenger 2 (CR2) driver. It was there that I was taught how to drive and maintain a tank in all operational theatres, in any environment.

On completion of the expedition I shall be posted to Germany, to join my regiment the Royal Scots Dragoon Guards. My interests are football, Tennis, Kickboxing, Swimming and sport in general.

ARTD Trainee (DCCIS): Signaller (Sig) Harry Pankhurst

ARTD Trainee (DCCIS): Signaller (Sig) Harry Pankhurst

Sig Harry Pankhurst aged 20 comes from Orpington Kent. He attended Ravensbourne Secondary School. After leaving school I gained a qualification in plumbing basic skills and joined an apprenticeship earning £80 a week. Throughout this time the thought of joining the Army was always at the back of my mind, prompting me to walk into his Local Armed Forces Career Office. Just under a year later, I found himself with 39 other lads in the same ‘boat’ just about to embark on basic training at the Army Training Regiment Lichfield (ATRL).

After completing my basis training at Lichfield I went on to Phase 2 trade training at the Royal School of Signals as a Systems Engineer Technician, a course which is nearly a year long. After the expedition is finished I will be required to complete my B +E driver training (Car and trailer) and will then be posted to 3rd (UK) Division Headquarters and Signal Regiment in Bulford, Wiltshire where I shall be part of a team of technicians responsible for fixing and maintaining electronic devices and radios worth thousands of pounds.

In my spare time I enjoy cross-country, football and basketball and have competed in many of the inter-Squadron activities available at the School of Signals

ARTD Trainee (DCLPA):Private (Pte) Zac Robbens

ARTD Trainee (DCLPA):Private (Pte) Zac Robbens

Pte Zac Robbens aged 17 comes from Northampton where he attended Weston Favell School. I had never really felt the urge to Join the local cadets or any similar organisation, but for some reason joining the Army had always interested me.

I completed Phase 1 training at the Army Training Regiment Winchester (ATRW) before moving to Deepcut Barracks to continue with Phase 2. On completion of my training with the Royal Logistic Corps (RLC) I hope to become a tank transporter driver. My main interest outside of work is Basketball, I’m hoping to get into the Royal Logistics Corps team once I’m posted into the Field Army.

ARTD Trainee (DCLPA): Private (Pte) Adam Scott

ARTD Trainee (DCLPA): Private (Pte) Adam Scott

Pte Adam Scott aged 21 comes from Fleetwood Lancashire. I attended Fleetwood high school before moving onto Bispham technical college, where I took a 3 year NVQ level 2 course in HGV fitters.

I joined the Army to enhance my prospects of a fulfilling career, travel the world and teach me personal discipline. I started my training at the Infantry Training Centre at Catterick (ITCC) before changing cap badge to the Royal Logistics Corps (RLC) as a driver. This meant that I would complete Phase 1 training at the Army Training Regiment Pirbright (ATRP), before moving onto Deepcut to complete my training as an RLC soldier. I wish to pursue a career in the RLC because I have an interest in HGV’s and would like to drive a tank transporter, the RLC are the only organisation that teaches that trade within the Army.

After the expedition I will return to Deepcut while I wait to attend an advanced driver training course at Leconsfield. Before joining the Army I raced at a high level of competition at motocross; I would like to be able to carry this on once I am posted to a regular unit.

ARTD Trainee (RSME): Sapper (Spr) Glen Boyes

ARTD Trainee (RSME): Sapper (Spr) Glen Boyes

Spr Glen Boyes aged 17 comes from Whitley Bay, Tyne and Wear. He went to school at Whitley Bay high school. I joined the Army because it seemed challenging and an exciting experience that would give me the opportunity to travel and try out new things.

I first attended the Army Foundation Collage at Harrogate. The course was 42 weeks long and I really enjoyed myself, it was at Harrogate where I decided to join the Royal Engineers as they offer the most trades and qualifications.

I have just completed a nine week Combat engineering course at 3RSME Regiment Gibraltar Barracks, Minley. My next step is to become an Electrician as this will hold me in good stead if and when I leave the Army. After the Expedition I will be posted to 1 RSME at Chatham to start my Electrician training. I am interested in Rugby both watching and playing, as well Cricket and Badminton.

ARTD Trainee (RSME): Sapper (Spr) Alexander Mowbury

ARTD Trainee (RSME): Sapper (Spr) Alexander Mowbury

Spr Alex Mowbray aged 18 comes from Bristol. He attended Ridings High School. After completing my education I decided to join the Army because I felt I would be able to do things that I have never done before and may not have had the opportunity otherwise. Joining the Army also provides opportunities to travel, which interests me greatly.

I began my Army career by completing a 42 week Phase 1 course at the Army Foundation Collage Harrogate, before moving to Gibraltar Barracks Minley to complete a combat engineering course. Combat engineering is the first part of a two part Phase 2 course, with the second being a Corps trade i.e. Plumbing, Bricklaying or plastering to name a few. My chosen Corps trade is that of an Electrician and I’m looking forward to the course as I know it will be off great benefit to me in my chosen career and also when it comes to leaving the Army. On completion of both parts of the Phase 2 course, I will be joining 24 Commando Regiment.

Since being in the Army I have taken a keen interest in football and triathlon. During my spare time I enjoy socialising with my friends and watching football.

ARTD Trainee (DCEME): Craftsman (Cfn) Daniel Simms

ARTD Trainee (DCEME): Craftsman (Cfn) Daniel Simms

Cfn Daniel Simms aged 18 comes from Polmont near Falkirk Scotland, he attended Graeme High School. My chosen career has always been to join the Armed Forces and in particular the Army. I joined the Army due to the fact that I was fed up of being stuck in a dead end job at such a young age, I felt that there was more to achieve with my life and the Army was the place to do this. I was Right!

The Army has given me the chance to see and experience new things that many people would never be able to witness. I completed my Phase 1 training at the Army Training Regiment Pirbright, where the fourteen weeks turned me from a typical teenager into a fully trained soldier, at the moment I’m at the School of Aeronautical and Electronic Engineering training to become a technician, at the end I hope to finish as a fully trained avionics technician.

I currently take part in different sports such as Football, basketball, cross-country and many more. Now I have decided to try my hand at sailing and what a place to learn Falkland Islands to South Georgia should be fun but hard going to.


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