Three hundred years old! That's a lot of candles to blow out.

The Royal Artillery Yacht Club is launching the first regimental ocean-crossing expedition in decades.

The major undertaking will include two trans-Atlantic passages, sailing in the Canary Islands, the Caribbean and the Eastern Seaboard of North America.

Sounds like quite the jaunt.

However, the expedition will provide deep water experience and adventurous training to 150 regular and reserve soldiers, improving the army’s offshore sailing capability and fostering ésprit de corps.

The St Barbara, the regiment’s flagship vessel, will launch from Gosport this month and return in August 2016, the year the regiment celebrates its 300th anniversary.

Better start blowing up the birthday balloons now.

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