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The new yacht, a J111 launched in April 2013, is only now being worked up following initial sea trials and acceptance. Over the weekend of 4-6th May, she took part in the Royal Ocean Racing Club’s (RORC) Cervantes Trophy Race (Cowes to Le Havre), the RORC’s first offshore race of the 2013 season. A modest result in the middle of the fleet was sufficient to demonstrate her potential once her rig, sails and systems are tweaked and the Team becomes familiar with her ways.



The Army offshore team had 5 successful years campaigning its Archambault A40RC, commencing with the 2008 Spring Season. In May 2008, the Team was selected to represent GBR in the Commodores Cup, and on the offshore circuit, went on later that year to achieve 2nd overall in The RORC series, 3rd in IRC 1 and won the Alan Paul Trophy and the Haylock Cup. The 2009 season involved a period of regeneration but in 2010, after some arduous long distance races including Round Britain and Ireland and with over 100 soldiers involved, the Offshore Racing Team was chosen as Army Sports Team of the Year. 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, plus a trans Atlantic race and the famous Fastnet race. This endeavour involved 69 serving crew members and covered 11,000 miles, approximately 4 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. This Atlantic series had been designed for the world’s largest thoroughbred racing yachts and, despite being the smallest yacht in the fleet, British Soldier finished a creditable 16th out of 26; with the best single result, winner of Class 2 in the RORC Caribbean 600 race. The toughest storm conditions were experienced by a crew of novices from BATUS, whilst on passage from Miami to Annapolis and off Cape Hatteras. They sensibly retired into a port in North Carolina with a great story to tell. At the season’s end, British Soldier was awarded the RORC trophy for Best Performance Overseas by a British Yacht. The purpose of the 2012 season was to focus mainly on future squad development, with success on the water of secondary importance: at the season's close, BS was placed 3rd overall in IRC 2.


For 6 years up to 2007 Longbow, a Prima 38, was the Army offshore racing yacht. The Prima 38 fleet was at one time effectively an unofficial national IRC Class 1 championship and the Army team achieved many successes, including winner overall and winner in offshore and inshore series. However, the Prima design had been overhauled by technology and in order to remain competitive we needed a new yacht. The experience and the squad we had built with Longbow provided a solid foundation for the future British Soldier.


Offshore Racing Manager


Lt Col Andrew Britton
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