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Supporting Wounded Veterans

The Garden House
​Royal Hospital Chelsea
Royal Hospital Road,
London. ​SW3 4SR

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THE OCEAN

CHALLENGE

THE OCEAN

CHALLENGE

The Ocean Challenge

Supporting Wounded Veterans delivered its first Ocean Challenge in 2018 with enormous success involving four international teams who trained and competed in the famous ‘Round the Island Race’. The Ocean Challenge returns in 2020 bringing together medically discharged veterans to live together on board, support each other in their recovery, train together and race together in a manner that most will not have experienced since being discharged from the armed forces.

 

“It is not how you fall that is important, but how you rise.”

UK forces have been deployed on operations continuously over the last 30 years in conflicts ranging from Northern Ireland, the Balkans, Sierra Leone, Iraq, Afghanistan and more recently in Libya and Syria. Since 2001, over 22,000 have been medically discharged and many have struggled to access the infrastructure required to both enhance or stabilise their medical conditions and give them the opportunity to find meaningful employment and occupation.

 

The second Supporting Wounded Veterans' Ocean Challenge will be another adrenaline-fueled, fun, demanding and competitive sailing event which will be made up of 5 days – 3 initial days of training, then 2 combined days of training and racing. Corporate teams will join the veteran teams for the last 2 days of training and racing, and the week will culminate in a final showdown race for victory. The Ocean Challenge ensures that after the initial intensive training, the able-bodied and disabled sailors can compete on equal terms.

 

"Thank you for making this possible for me. I will for sure try to come back to the UK and do more sailing if I can. This was an eye opener on what I want in life and on a new sport. I will forever be grateful to you guys."

 

(Canadian veteran, 2018 Ocean Challenge)

Getting involved

SPONSOR A VETERANS’ TEAM FOR TRAINING AND RACE

● Support four veterans to complete the training programme (1st – 4th July) followed by               the racing against corporate teams.

● Sunsail charter (Match 40’)

● Professional skipper and first mate.

● SWV buddy support.

● Catering.

● Evening activities and prizegiving.

● The boat and team clothing will be named and branded after your company.

● Cost – £5,000.

ENTER YOUR OWN TEAM FOR 2-DAY TRAINING/RACING

● 2-day Sunsail charter on Match 40’ (4th – 5th July)

● Team of eight employees/guests/clients.

● The boat and team clothing will be named and branded after your company.

● Professional skipper and first mate.

● On-board catering.

● Evening activities and prizegiving

● Exclusions: transport and accommodation in Cowes however, this can be arranged                   by Sunsail.

● We will happily, if appropriate, arrange for a veteran and ambassador to talk about the work     of the charity at your place of work.

● Cost – £8,500.

● We ask all corporate teams to fundraise £500 per person in support of the work we do.

● Option to join a team as an individual or team of four for reduced cost, contact us for further     information.

REGATTA TITLE SPONSOR

● Title of the Regatta 

● Logo included in all event branding.

● 2-day Sunsail charter on Match 40’ (4th – 5th July)

● Team of eight employees/guests/clients.

● The boat and team clothing will be named and branded after your company.

● Professional skipper and first mate.

● On-board catering.

● Evening activities and prizegiving.

● Exclusions: transport and accommodation in Cowes however, this can be arranged by Sunsail.

● We will happily, if appropriate, arrange for a veteran and ambassador to talk about the work     of the charity at your place of work.

● Cost – £15,000.

● We ask all corporate teams to fundraise £500 per person in support of the work we do.

"The interaction in the UK-Canada-USA sail boat, and on the ground, was very enriching for me. It showed me again that many people out there are really are concerned about veterans and want to help."

 

(UK veteran, 2018 Ocean Challenge)

Fundraising

Supporting Wounded Veterans delivered its first Ocean Challenge in 2018 with enormous success involving four international teams who trained and competed in the famous ‘Round the Island Race’. The Ocean Challenge returns in 2020 bringing together medically discharged veterans to live together on board, support each other in their recovery, train together and race together in a manner that most will not have experienced since being discharged from the armed forces.

UK forces have been deployed on operations continuously over the last 30 years in conflicts ranging from Northern Ireland, the Balkans, Sierra Leone, Iraq, Afghanistan and more recently in Libya and Syria. Since 2001, over 22,000 have been medically discharged and many have struggled to access the infrastructure required to both enhance or stabilise their medical conditions and give them the opportunity to find meaningful employment and occupation.

 

The second Supporting Wounded Veterans' Ocean Challenge will be another adrenaline-fueled, fun, demanding and competitive sailing event which will be made up of 5 days – 3 initial days of training, then 2 combined days of training and racing. Corporate teams will join the veteran teams for the last 2 days of training and racing, and the week will culminate in a final showdown race for victory. The Ocean Challenge ensures that after the initial intensive training, the able-bodied and disabled sailors can compete on equal terms.

 

THE OCEAN CHALLENGE ITINERARY

VETERANS TEAM TRAINING

Day 1

  • SWV veterans arrive in Cowes, Isle of Wight   

       meet their team mates and join their boats.

  • Event and safety briefing.

  • Afternoon training session.

  • Berth overnight in Yarmouth, IoW.

Day 2

  • Depart from Yarmouth.

  • Second veterans training day with practice racing

       in the afternoon.

  • Berth overnight in Newtown Creek, IoW.

Day 3

  • Depart from Newtown Creek.

  • Third training morning with points counting

       afternoon racing.

  • Berth overnight in Beaulieu River.

CORPORATE TEAMS JOIN THE CHALLENGE

Day 4

  • Veterans depart Beaulieu.

  • Corporate Teams event and safety in Cowes.

  • Training and practice racing in the morning.

  • Veterans and corporate teams race day one in the afternoon.

  • Berth overnight in Cowes.

  • Fundraising evening in Cowes.

Day 5

  • Veterans and corporate teams race day two.

  • Berth after racing in Cowes.

  • Final prize-giving and party.

Day 6

  • Veterans and corporate teams depart from Cowes.

Further details will be forwarded once your booking is confirmed.

Take Part In A Challenge

OCEAN CHALLENGE 2018