“The endeavours, like what we’re doing now, shows you that you are worth again”

Dan Fielding took part in last year's Turn 2 Starboard Round Britain Challenge as First Mate. Thanks to his experience he's now leading this year's expedition


You took part as a participant last year and are now leading the whole expedition as skipper. How do you feel about that?
To come from last year, getting around and being a participant to actually leading it this year and getting everything ready. It’s a big step up but a nice step up to carry on in my sailing career. It’s quite a big thing, it’s exciting though!

What did you learn from last year’s challenge that will help you lead this year’s expedition?
Looking at last year I was First Mate and the skipper Shaun, who took it round last year, let me do quite a lot of the planning and got me really involved in it. So I learnt a lot last year about plans changing, getting into places I’ve never been into and just looking at that bigger picture as well and managing crew expectations. A lot of last year really got me ready for this year.

Did you learn anything from taking part last year that is now helping you in day-to-day life?
Yes definitely. As I said I learnt a lot about managing expectations but my own expectations – what I can achieve, what I can’t, living with others. A lot of patience as well, dealing with different characters, you just have to be accepting of everyone. In my day-to-day life it’s made me a bit more patient with people, that was a big thing for me.

Why is it important for wounded, injured and sick Servicemen and women to get involved with endeavours like Round Britain?
The endeavours, like what we’re doing now, it shows you that as part of a team that you are worth again, you are a worthy team member. You might not be able to do everything but you can do something. And if you do something therefore the team can do everything. So we’ve all got a part to play rather than being sat in our own little world of thinking “I’m not good enough anymore.” It gets you out of your comfort zone, challenges you, shows you that you are important and able to do more than what you think.

Why did you want to get involved in the Round Britain Challenge?
Last year it was a big challenge for me coming through the programme, seeing if I could get through it. This year it was really pushing that responsibility onto myself and being able to look after people and really forcing myself out of another comfort zone. That was the big thing, pushing my boundaries. Spreading the word about Turn 2 Starboard and the Endeavour Fund and what they do for people like me and other veterans. It’s about giving back.

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