05:38AM, Tuesday 06 December 2011
Injured soldiers from the Household Cavalry Regiment have mastered a new challenge after sailing through a tropical storm in the British Virgin Isles.
The men on the trip - which is designed to help their recuperation - were wounded in Afghanistan in early 2010 and 2011. Most have never sailed before. They set off on Thursday and are being accompanied by the medical officer and two qualified sailing instructors from their regiment.
Leading the expedition is Captain Paul Chishick, who said the men had to learn fast when they encountered unexpected rain and a small tropical storm.
He said: "We weren't expecting it. The rain is not a problem but the wind can be. The men all knuckled down. A couple were slightly seasick but they have their sea legs now."
Trooper Clifford O’Farrell, 31, is one of the crew taking part in the trip. He was seriously injured when his armoured vehicle was blown up in Helmand province. He had to undergo major surgery on his legs, but is now back on his feet and taking part in the swimming and cycling phases of triathlons and Iron Man competitions.
The trip is being supported by the charities Help for Heroes and the Household Cavalry Operational Casualties Fund.
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