Around Britain 2020

Mission statement

Voyage Info

Voyage photos

Skipper & Crew

OPERATION ARIES


Sailing Around Britain for Veterans Outreach Support Charity   

04 March to 22 April 2020


An adventure at the wrong time of year. Because it is there and we can.


In aid of Veterans Outreach Support (VOS) a Charity, which helps Ex Armed Forces Personnel and their families finding the right help with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Welfare Support and other conditions, they have drop-in Centres in Portsmouth, Hampshire and the Isle of Wight


Departed Yarmouth, Isle of Wight, to circumnavigate UK.

1500nm 7 weeks, 2 crew, 43ft steel ketch, Aries.


To donate to this Charity, please go to the Website shown below


www.vosuk.org/donations

Simon Layton - Skipper


A trumpet player from Lincoln, with 22 years professional sailing experience. 150,000+nm Yachtmaster Ocean.

MCA Master 200 tons (Yachts) Chief Mate 3000 tons (yachts)


After 12 years  teaching and training on the water, I'm back to my first love of the sea: adventure sailing. 

Plan, cast-off, see where the horizon becomes adventure.

It's only weather & tide,  mentally arduous physical effort.

Timeless beauty of navigating a pyramid of canvas below a canopy of stars. Sailing, peaks and reefs.


Favourite sailing adventures:

Solo-Transatlantic 28' sloop Falmouth to Arctic Greenland

Skipper of Kenya Jacaranda, Skipper of Duet

Captain of Schooner Pickle, 2nd Officer HM Bark Endeavour Skipper of "Spirit of Outward Bound Hong Kong"

Skipper of Aries, preparing for Around Britain




David M Bridges - Crew


Ex Army Veteran from Hereford, with 18 years service to Queen and Country, served 5 Tours in Northern Ireland and Bosnia, plus other places around the world, unfortunately suffers from complex PTSD, Ex Finance Bank Manager in Jersey Channel Islands. Due to his illness he has had to give up stressfull occupations,he finds the sea and Oceans very therapeutic, calming and helps with his condition, he has sailed all Oceans around the world, the Pacific Ocean, Atlantic Ocean etc on various yachts over the years, he is doing this challenge to support Veterans Outreach Support (VOS) as this Charity is helping him getting back to normal.  Now lives in Totland Bay on the Isle of Wight



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