‘Why I saIl WIth the Navy’

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Sam Sav­age, En­gi­neer­ing Tech­ni­cian

‘This is my first time on a yacht, though I have sailed a Fire­ball with my dad at Lang­stone be­fore. I saw the no­tice call­ing for crew for this event and thought I’d give it a go. It has been great so far, and I def­i­nitely want to do it again. It will de­pend a bit on where I get drafted though. I’m hop­ing to get a Type 45 de­stroyer and fi­nally get out and see the world. I’ve only been in the Navy for six months, but it’s been the best choice I’ve made.’

Alex Rigg, Royal Marines Re­serve

‘I work in web an­a­lystics, so join­ing the RM re­serve is some­thing com­pletely dif­fer­ent that’s a bit ex­cit­ing, and is also serv­ing the coun­try. The train­ing is sat­is­fy­ing, even if you wouldn’t al­ways call it ‘fun’. I’ve been do­ing it for five years now. I have my own 36ft wooden off­shore yacht, built in 1962, but I did my Day Skip­per course with JSASTC, and this seemed like a good change to go rac­ing. I only started sail­ing in the spring of 2016 when I bought the boat as I wanted to learn to sail. This all adds to my ex­pe­ri­ence.’

Com­man­der Mike Shrives, RNSA Gen­eral Sec­re­tary

‘I never needed to own a boat, as I’ve al­ways had Ser­vices boats to race or char­ter. I ran a Sigma 38 for the Navy for ten years, which was great. We’ve had fam­ily hol­i­days afloat most years, cruis­ing to the Chan­nel Is­lands, the Isles of Scilly and even in Nor­way, where I was based for a while. It’s nice that we can still sail to­gether as a fam­ily even now that the chil­dren have grown up. Dur­ing my ser­vice ca­reer RNSA en­abled me to qual­ify as an RYA Yacht­mas­ter Off­shore in­struc­tor and ex­am­iner.’

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