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In 2011 British Soldier competed in the Atlantic Ocean Racing Series, a series of races from the Caribbean, up the east coast of the USA, a trans Atlantic race and the famous Fastnet race. This endeavour involved 69 serving soldiers and officers and covered a total of 11,000 miles, approximately four times the distance covered in a normal season. Only 4 of the 69 had ever crossed an ocean before and the crew included an injured soldier in most of the races. With a different crew on each race in the series there was the inevitable learning curve to overcome each time, but this was part of the challenge if it broadened the base of Army sailors. This was a race series designed for the world’s largest thoroughbred racing yachts and despite British Soldier being the smallest yacht in the fleet she finished the series 16th out of 26. The best result was in the Royal Ocean Racing Club’s Caribbean 600 race, winning Class 2. The toughest storm conditions were experienced by a crew of novices from BATUS whilst on passage from Miami to Annapolis off Cape Hatteras. They sensibly retired into a port in North Carolina but with a great story to tell. At the season’s end, British Soldier was awarded the Royal Ocean Racing Club’s trophy for Best Performance Overseas by a British Yacht.


On a breezy and dark Sunday morning, British Soldier finally crossed the Cowes Royal Yacht Squadron finishing line of the Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland race to take line honours in IRC Class 1. She had covered the 1802 nautical miles in 12 days 14 hours 19 minutes and 4 seconds, covering over 2300 miles through the water. Finishing nearly 3 hours ahead of Encore, her closest rival, once the time correction factor had been applied she had finished 2nd in class and 8th overall.

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Offshore Racing Manager

Tim Hill Racing Manager for British Soldier

Lt Col Tim Hill
Tel: 01923 955337