Journey of a lifetime for Curaçao born naval officer trainee
WILLEMSTAD - A British Royal Navy officer trainee, from Curaçao, is on the trip of a lifetime taking part in a round the world yacht race.
Midshipman Vincent Pietersz is taking part in Exercise Transglobe 2015/16 a major sail training exercise involving the Royal Navy, Army and Royal Air Force.
It aims – as an adventurous training expedition – to develop leadership, initiative and resilience in military personnel.
Mid Pietersz is sailing in one of two 72 foot yacht from Lanzarote to Rio de Janeiro where a crew change will take place before the yachts go on to Cape Town, Sydney, Montevideo and Miami before returning to the UK in summer next year.
The 23-year-old, who is on the Defence Technical Undergraduate Scheme, is attending university in Newcastle hoping to join the Royal Navy at the end of his course as an officer.
He chose to take part in the expedition because of the adventure that lay ahead.
He said: “I wanted to take part in the expedition because of the adventure and the new challenges that lie ahead of us. I hope to push myself to the limit and go beyond my comfort zone.”
Ex Transglobe got underway from Gosport, in Hampshire at the end of July with Vincent having just joined the crew in Lanzarote.
The keen sailor and snowboarder, added: “I’m very lucky to have been given this opportunity, not many 23 year olds can say that they are third in command of a 72 foot long yachts sailing across the Atlantic.
“On top of the sights, stars and wildlife I’m looking forward to learning more about my leadership and the leadership of the others onboard.”
There are two yachts racing one another ‘Adventure of Hornet’ and ‘Discoverer of Hornet’ with venture being funded by the Army Sports Lottery and the Joint Service Expedition Trust Fund.
Nick Trundle, who is in charge of the venture, added: “Exercise Transglobe will, in the true spirit of Service Adventure Training, seriously challenge all who take part. It has been two years in the planning and we are all delighted that it is now underway.
“The two ships are in excellent shape and I believe all those who take part will have experiences and challenges that develop their ability to do their military jobs.”