Clevedon sailor set for ‘once in a lifetime’ trip

PUBLISHED: 13:00 07 October 2015

Lt Cdr Chris Smith

Lt Cdr Chris Smith

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A naval officer from Clevedon is taking part in a round the world yacht race.

Lieutenant Commander Christopher Smith will sail from Rio de Janeiro in Brazil to Cape Town in South Africa as part of Exercise Transglobe, a major sail training event involving the Royal Navy, Army and Air Force.

Lt Cdr Smith will sail one of two 72-foot yachts across the South Atlantic where a crew change will take place, before the journey continues on to Sydney, Montevideo and Miami.

The 46-year-old, who works as a weapons engineer at the Ministry of Defence in Bristol, said: “I was delighted to be selected for this leg of the Transglobe as it’s a fantastic opportunity to test myself and our team in challenging conditions while sailing across the Atlantic between two beautiful cities.

“This is the classic leg of any round the world challenge and a complete change from my day job in Bristol.

“It is a once in a lifetime opportunity to sail in a 72-foot yacht and shows some of the fantastic opportunities the Royal Navy provides individuals in their leadership or management training.”

Nick Trundle, who is in charge of the venture, added: “Exercise Transglobe will, in the true spirit of service adventure training, seriously challenge all who take part.

“It has been two years in the planning and we are delighted that it has got underway.”

For more information on Exercise Transglobe, click here


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