A Royal Air Force airman from Hunmanby is on the trip of a lifetime as he takes part in a leg of a round-the-world yacht expedition.
Senior Aircraftsman Paul Dugdale, 25, has been picked to take part in the Exercise Transglobe expedition, which gives airmen, soldiers and sailors an opportunity to sail the world on two yachts.
Paul attended Scarborough Sixth Form College in Sandybed Lane before he joined the RAF in 2010. He is now based at RAF Wittering, Peterborough, where he works as an explosive ordnance disposal assistant with 5131(BD) Squadron.
The expedition, which is intended to develop leadership, initiative and resilience in military personnel, started from Gosport, Hampshire, in July. It will sail 35,000 nautical miles stopping at Montevideo, Grenada, New York and other destinations.
A total of 392 women and men, from both the reserve and regular services, will take part during the 13 legs of the journey until it concludes back in Gosport in August this year.
Paul will be crewing Adventure of Hornet, which is a joint services Challenge 72 yacht, during Exercise Transglobe’s leg 6. He said: “I’m really looking forward to the trip and would love to see a Tasmanian Devil. I am hoping to gain more big boat experience and more skills and looking ahead to becoming a day skipper.”
Nick Trundle, who is in charge of the venture, said: “Exercise Transglobe will, in the true spirit of service adventure training, seriously challenge all who take part.”