Our transatlantic voyage from Antigua to Piraeus sets sail on March 9th, and we’re excited to be welcoming five veterans supported by Help for Heroes.

Those coming on Tenacious have an incredible adventure to look forward to. Not only will they be crossing the Atlantic Ocean, they will experience harder sailing than a typical JST voyage, with longer at sea. Departing Antigua, heading towards Bermuda and the Azores – the likely first stop is Gibraltar. They will then head into the Mediterranean in the Spring, bound for the great port city of Piraeus in Greece.

Working in partnership with Help for Heroes in this way, means we can welcome those on board who may otherwise not have heard about our transformative experiences.

People like Howard Moulton-Hawkins, aged 60 from Newport. Howard fought in the Falklands War and lived with post-traumatic stress disorder since then until about five years ago, after he received support from Combat Stress and Help for Heroes.

Howard says: “Although I’ve sailed before, I’ve never done so on a Tall Ship. I heard about this through Help for Heroes and feel incredibly fortunate to have this experience.

Yes there’s lots to think about – everything from will I have the right kit through to will I adapt to life at sea. But I know it’s going to be something very different and most of all, inspiring.

I intend to get as much out of it as I can, so I know I will need to give as much as I can.”

Tim Nicolini, 39 from Yorkshire, is also joining the voyage. He served in Iraq and Afghanistan and has been in recovery with Help for Heroes since his injury in 2008.

Tim adds: “I’m now living rather than just existing, and this experience is going to push me forward. I get a lot of joy at meeting new people and using my skills, and am feeling over-whelmed in a good way about this journey.

And I’ve missed too many sunrises and sunsets over the past ten or so years – I know this is going to make up for that.”

We know they have an amazing experience ahead of them, along with the whole voyage crew joining Tenacious for this journey of a lifetime.

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If you’re interested in joining this voyage, click here or email voyages@jst.org.uk if you have any questions.

Help for Heroes supports wounded, injured and sick service personnel, veterans and their families to feel empowered to look beyond illness and injury, regain their purpose, reach their potential and have a positive impact on society. No matter when someone served, Help for Heroes believes that those prepared to put their lives second, deserve a second chance at life.” Visit https://www.helpforheroes.org.uk/ for more information.