Royal Air Force Officer from Sheffield to help sail yacht around the world

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A Royal Air Force officer from Sheffield is on a high after being selected to take part in a round-the-world yacht expedition.

Flight Lieutenant Amy Hill, aged 26, has been chosen to play a part in the Exercise Transglobe expedition, which gives airmen, soldiers and sailors an opportunity to sail the world on two yachts.

The expedition, which is intended to develop leadership, initiative and resilience in military personnel, started from Gosport, Hampshire, in July and will sail 35,000 nautical miles stopping at destinations including Cape Town and Sydney.

A total of 392 women and men, from both the reserve and regular services, are set to take part in one of the 13 legs of the journey, which is due to end in Gosport in August.

Amy will be crewing the Adventure of Hornet yacht on the ninth leg of the trip, which starts in Montevideo, Uruguay and ends in St Lucia, in the Caribbean.

Amy attended High Storrs School in Sheffield before she joined the RAF Reserve in 2014.

She is now based at RAF Brize Norton in Oxfordshire, where she works as a physiotherapist.

“As a newly graduated reservist I think Transglobe will be an exciting and unique way to start my RAF career,” she said.

“From previous expeditions mountaineering and climbing I’m excited to take my adventuring spirit to water for a new challenge to sail around South America.”

Amy is a former GB rower, bobsleigh and heptathlete.

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.”