An Edinburgh archaeological adviser – who is also a Royal Naval Reservist – is on the trip of a lifetime as he takes part in a leg of a round the world yacht race.
Leading Hand Andrew Fulton is taking part in Exercise Transglobe 2015-16, a major sail training exercise involving the Royal Navy, army and Royal Air Force.
It aims, as an adventurous training expedition, to develop leadership, initiative and resilience in military personnel.
LH Fulton is sailing in one of two 72ft yachts from Perth, on the west coast of Australia, to Sydney, on the east, and then down to Hobart.
Following that, the yachts will continue to New Zealand where a crew change will take place before travelling on to Montevideo and Miami – returning to the UK in summer next year.
The 45-year-old, who works full-time as an archaeological adviser for the Scottish Government, chose to take part because of the adventure that lay ahead.
He said: “I’m immensely proud to be representing the Royal Naval Reserve in the Transglobe. This exercise is a team effort and it’s something I wanted to take part in because of what lies ahead. I cannot wait for the Sydney to Hobart race.”
Exercise Transglobe got under way from Gosport, Hampshire, at the end of July with Andrew having joined the crew in Perth.
The keen sailor joined the Royal Naval Reserve in 2002.
He added: “This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to sail around Australia with the Royal Navy. I’ll be in the company of fellow sailors and we intend making a real impression in the Sydney to Hobart.”
There are two yachts racing one another – Adventure of Hornet and Discoverer of Hornet – with the venture being funded by the Army Sports Lottery and the Joint Service Expedition Trust Fund.
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.
“It has been two years in the planning and we are all delighted that it is going well.
“The two yachts are in excellent shape and I believe all those who take part will have experiences and challenges that develop their ability to do their military jobs.”