Exercise ARRCADE OVERLORD
Published 07:17 on 3 Jun 2019
Bombardier III sailing in company with St Barbara V off St Vaast La Hogue
News from the St Barbara V today, Tuesday 4th June:
A great first day yesterday. Glorious sunshine although a cold wind, however it stayed in the high teens with wind from the SW for most of the day.
Skipper and mate very proud to turn the corner into St Vaast just as the lock opened for the evening at 20.37 to be precise.
Both St Barbara V and Bombardier III safely moored up we looked over to the next boat where to our surprise Nigel Lang was just taking down his ensign.
A slight change of plan today as we are heading straight for Ouistreham. Despite being booked in, the number of yachts heading in that direction suggest we get in early.
Currently sailing in company with Bdr down towards Pointe-du-Hoc where the Secretary, Stuart Gray is going to give us a quick history lesson.
As we do so, the RAF are overhead practising for the drop tomorrow.
A great start, although saddened to hear the news this morning of the loss of a British Soldier near Caen over the weekend.
Ex ARRCADE OVERLORD is an offshore sailing expedition that will take place over the period 2-8 Jun 19, and will include taking part in D Day 75 celebrations in Normandy. The expedition will set sail from the Premier Marina in Gosport and will be conducted in the Solent, English Channel and northern coast of France. The expedition will utilise the two Royal Artillery Yacht Club (RAYC) yachts namely St Barbara V (Rustler 42) and Bombardier III (Hallberg-Rassy 342).
St Barbara V on Ex ATLANTIC UIBIQUE reflecting previous US engagement whilst sailing past D Day UTAH and OMAHA Beaches before arriving at SWORD Beach for D Day celebrations.
The Secretary at the helm
The aim of Adventurous Sail Training is to promote, through the conduct of arduous outdoor activities with exposure to hardship and danger, the Army's core values, leadership, teamwork and other qualities necessary to enhance the operational effectiveness of all military personnel. Ex ARRCADE OVERLORD will also serve to provide Partner Nation staff in the Allied Rapid Reaction Corps (ARRC) with an opportunity to participate in a form of training unique to the British Armed Forces, thus increasing the attraction of service within the ARRC. In addition, Ex ARRCADE OVERLORD will develop sail training skills in order to drive progression through JSASTC courses and the Royal Yacht Association (RYA) schemes. This will help to build a cohort of enthusiastic sailors to facilitate future RAYC and ARRC sailing expeditions.
The intended route, subject to weather is as follows
3rd June Gosport to St Vaast
4th June St Vasst to Honfleur
5th June Honfleur to Ouistreham
6th June Take part in D Day celebrations including releasing a pigeon on Sword Beach.
7-8th June Return to Gosport, visiting Mulbery harbour on route.
Follow our progress on the website and on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and possibly even see our pigeon in the National press!