Help for Heroes Arctic Circle expedition
A crew of fourteen from the Defence Medical Rehabilitation Centre, Headley Court is undertaking an expedition to sail with injured Servicemen from the British Armed Forces in the Arctic Circle. The Expedition has been funded by Help for Heroes and will include double and single amputee patients as well as Doctors, Nurses and Physiotherapists from Headley Court on a non adapted boat, provided by JSASTC.
Expedition Chief Medic Wing Commander Nick Carter, a rehabilitation consultant at Headley Court, will fly out with the crew to Iceland in July whereafter boarding the 67ft steel yacht (HMSTV Discoverer of Hornet) they will sail northwest against the current into the Arctic Ocean towards Greenland.
Negotiating icy waters, their aim is to reach Scoresby Glacier, briefly stopping in Scoresbysund. From there the team will aim to sail northeast towards the small Norwegian island of Jan Mayen. With offshore anchorages, a volcanoe and glaciers, the only people to greet will be the eighteen inhabitants on the island are working for the Norwegian Armed Forces. After this they will sail south, passing the east coast of Iceland, returning to Reykjavik with a total mileage of just under 2,000 miles. The tri-service crew, mainly of Army origin, has completed training in the UK at Joint Services Adventurous Sail Training Centre which involved preparing for ice and understanding the needs of the crew.
Lt N Woodroffe, whose idea it was to run such an expedition, has sailed around with Joint Services before with Exercise Transglobe. She is collecting money for Help for Heroes and donations are gratefully received to allow other injured personnel such opportunities in the future.
This will undoubtedly be the first time so many injured personnel have sailed in the Arctic Circle.
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