The Lord Dannatt Round Britain Challenge has begun and will host 48 injured Service personnel and 96 cadets over its 40 day duration.
The voyage will sail from Edinburgh to Belfast and then on to Cardiff, before it finally completes in London. The crew will work as a team to sail the ship to the next capital city and responsibilities will include climbing the mast and setting the sails.
There will be a changeover of 12 injured Service personnel and 24 cadets at the end of every 10 day period. That is when the ship will dock at a capital city and be opened to welcome thousands of cadets, instructors and members of the public.
There will be festivals held at every capital city to commemorate the First World War and celebrate inclusivity and diversity. The event for the Welsh leg of the voyage will be held in Cardiff Bay on Thursday 23 August and include cadet bands, field gun teams and drill displays.
The crew will be presented with a quarter of a wooden shield when they stop at each capital city during a special ceremony of remembrance. When they receive the fourth quarter at the end of the challenge, it will be marched to the Tower of London, where it will become a formal memorial.
Lord Dannatt, former Head of the British Army, has set up the Round Britain Challenge and the Lord Nelson is being provided by the Jubilee Sailing Trust, which has been changing lives since 1978 when it became a registered charity.
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.
CLICK HERE to keep up to date with the Lord Nelson’s and track its progress. The on-board transponder transmits their position, speed and course. Whilst the AIS transmits approximately every 20 minutes, the position of the ships can only be shown if within range of an AIS receiving station – usually 15-20 nautical miles.
To find out more about the cadet forces in Wales, CLICK HERE.