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Marathon mission

Soldiers make waves in Fastnet Race

WITH soldiers being famed for their sense of adventure it is no surprise that sailing figures prominently on the Army’s
sporting roster.

For those seeking a nautical challenge which falls well outside the comfort zone the biannual Fastnet Race ticks all the boxes and this year’s leg saw the Service making history as its first all female crew reached the finish line.

Skippered by Capt Lucinda Allaway (AGC (SPS)), the Redcoat Sigma 38 craft came 57th in a class that featured more than 80 boats and was also the fourth ranked military vessel in the event.

The officer is hoping entry in the race will raise the sport’s profile among fellow Servicewomen and encourage greater
participation, especially by junior soldiers.

“The Army is ten per cent female but there is not the same representation in sailing,” she told SoldierSport.

“Having completed the Fastnet in the past I was looking to enter as a skipper and mentioned I quite fancied doing the race with an all-female crew.

“I am hoping to make women realise they can do this as well. Sailing and racing are one of the few sports where men and women can compete on a completely level playing field.”

Read this month's issue for the full report.

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