12 injured service personnel and 24 cadets are about to board the Lord Nelson ship for the fourth and final leg of the Lord Dannatt Round Britain Challenge.
The ship arrived in Cardiff Bay yesterday after sailing from Belfast. Earlier today, a ceremony was organised by the Jubilee Sailing Trust as the crews change over from the previous voyage.
A parade took place around the iconic Pierhead building and it culminated in the basin of Roald Dahl Pass. Representatives from the Army Cadet Force (ACF) in Wales also took part in the public march.
Amongst the parade of cadets, there was also a musical performance by members of the Band of the King’s Division to seal the send off ahead of tomorrow’s departure.
Lord Dannatt, former Head of the British Army and founder of the Round Britain Challenge, said: “All that we’ve heard from the third leg is that you, the crew, have done extraordinarly well as the two previous teams had done as well. The combination of cadets and veterans has turned out to be a very good pairing of experience and the enthusiasm of youth.
“It’s wonderful to be here in Cardiff to celebrate the end of the third leg of this voyage. I’d like to thank all of those who have been involved; the crew of the Lord Nelson, the staff of the Jubilee Sailing Trust, everybody here in Cardiff who have made us so welcome and our musicians.
“Congratulations on all that you achieve and have achieved. You are an inspiration and the aim to inspire the nation by doing something very different is being achieved. Thank you for taking part.”
After the speech, the ceremony concluded with Lord Dannatt presenting the third part of a four-piece memorial to the crew. They will receive the final piece of the memorial at an event at the Tower of London when they finish the last leg in 10 days and meet Prince Harry, a supporter of the Jubilee Sailing Trust.
The Lord Dannatt Round Britain Challenge visits all four capital cities in the United Kingdom. Over its 40-day duration, 48 injured service personnel and 96 members of the cadet community will have sailed on the ship.
The Jubilee Sailing Trust is a world leader in social inclusion, bringing together people of all ages, backgrounds and abilities to sail as a unified crew on-board two purpose built tall ships to integrate physically disabled people with non-disabled people.
The voyage will qualify cadets for their Duke of Edinburgh’s Gold Award Residential. All funds raised will go towards life changing adventures for the Army Cadet Force (ACF) with the Jubilee Sailing Trust once the cost of delivering the 2018 Lord Dannatt Round Britain Challenge has been raised.
The Reserve Forces’ and Cadets’ Association (RFCA) for Wales has spoken to two of the cadets taking part in the final leg of the Lord Dannatt Round Britain Challenge. CLICK HERE to read their stories.