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The Ocean Challenge 2024

"The combination of kind people, creating a safe and understanding environment is simply amazing."

 The Ocean Challenge


- for Armed Forces Veterans

SWV ran its inaugural Ocean Challenge in 2018 with four international teams training and competing in the famous 'Round the Island Race' in the Isle of Wight. 

This is a fantastic opportunity for Veterans to learn or improve on their individual sailing skills. In addition, for those new to SWV we offer you the opportunity of a mentoring scheme and a network for those looking to get back into employment, as well as access to the SWV Pain Management Pathway if required. 

Application criteria: 

  • Proof of service (if selected for interview)

  • Non-serving veterans

  • Open to Tri-Service

How much will it cost?

The only cost to you is the travel from home to Gosport, near Portsmouth. The sailing trip is paid for by SWV's fundraising activities. The week will include all meals, sailing training and entry to the Round the Island Race. You will need to come with suitable clothing for sailing, but wet weather gear and life jackets will be provided. You will also need to bring your own sleeping bag and pillow. Your only expenses will be evening refreshments. 

Do you have to be a novice sailor?

No experience is necessary.

What is the daily schedule?

A typical day looks like this:

0700 - Breakfast
0900 - Sailing training
1530 - Return to a port – this will be different each day.
1900 - BBQs, suppers and other evening activities.  

Accommodation is board the yachts. On the Friday we will have a small regatta between our own boats and on the we will take part in the famous Round the Island Race.  


I am prescribed medication, is this problem?

No, if you are responsible for your medication at home you will easily be able to cope on the trip.

I am not at a very high standard of fitness, does this matter?

No, but we would recommend that you partake in a basic fitness regime so that you are able to get the most out of this week.

 To apply register your interest here 

The Ocean Challenge 2024 will run from 9th - 16th June, taking part in the Round The Island Race on Saturday 15th June. 

For further information


Phone: 07990 552718

"It made me reflect on how far I've come, but also it made me realise (on race day) that what we were doing could inspire other people who have also been injured/diagnosed"

Become an Ocean Challenge Sailing Buddy

We are inviting applications from volunteers who have sailing experience and/or sailing qualifications to join the team to support next year's Veterans. 

If you would like to register as a volunteer, you need to calm, patient, with sailing experience and be prepared to live-aboard the boats during the week. All volunteers are expected to raise £2,000 to support the challenge.  

 Apply to become a sailing Buddy 

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