British Soldier launched
The Lord Lieutenant of Hampshire, Mrs Mary Fagan was guest of honour and conducted the naming and launching ceremony in the time honoured tradition by cracking a bottle of champagne across the bow. Also in attendance was General John Kiszely, Admiral of the Army sailing Association. British Soldier was blessed by Padre Jim Aitchison. After the ceremony, there was a spectacular fly-past by the Army Air Corps’ helicopter aerobatic display team.
British Soldier is the first ever Services yacht to be selected for the British Rolex Commodore’s Cup Team. This year the Army Sailing Team will also compete in the Royal Ocean Racing Club’s offshore points series, including The Cowes-Madeira-Cowes Race in August.
Next year, the Army Sailing Association will take part in Transglobe, sailing around the world and competing at prestigious events such as Antigua Week and the Rolex Sydney Hobart.