High flyer swaps sky for the deep blue sea
RAF officer chosen for global yachting challenge
A ROYAL Air Force officer from Ruislip is swapping the skies for the sea as he braves the South Atlantic on a yacht.
Flying officer Jack Leonard, 27, has been picked to take part in the Exercise Transglobe expedition, which gives airmen, soldiers and sailors an opportunity to sail the world on two Royal Navy and RAF yachts. The expedition, which
intended to aid
is servicemen and women’s personal devolpment, started from Portsmouth in July and will sail 35,000 nautical miles around the world stopping at Montevideo, Sydney, New York and other destinations.
A total of 392 women and men, both reserves and regulars, will take part during the 13 legs of the journey until it concludes in August 2016.
For many of the crew this will be their first experience of life afloat. They will have to deal with the demanding physical challenges sailing.
Jack, who joined the RAF in 2013, is stationed at RAF College Cranwell and flies the Tucano aircraft.
He said: “One of the reasons I joined the military was because of the fantastic adventurous training opportunities available.
“I’m thoroughly looking forward to the challenges and experiences that I’ll face during this trip.”
Jack is crewing the third leg of the global tour and
of mental ocean along with 28 other servicemen and women which starts in Rio de Janeiro and finishes in Cape Town.