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Transglobe race participants muster at Heathrow?s Terminal 3

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: 16 December, 2009  (Company News)
Servisair is hosting RAF personnel taking part in the Exercise Transglobe Rolex Sydney Hobart yacht race as they prepare to fly to Sydney
Servisair’s Heathrow T3 lounge will play host to 13 members of the Royal Air Force before they fly to Sydney to complete leg six of the gruelling Exercise Transglobe – the Rolex Sydney Hobart Race.

Rest and relaxation will be on the cards as they prepare to take part in one of the greatest ocean races in yachting’s grand prix calendar and, in recognition of the tough challenge ahead, the team at Servisair are giving them free use of the lounge.

Exercise Transglobe is a year long expedition which involves teams from the Royal Air Force, Army and Royal Navy sailing three Challenge 67ft yachts around the world over a 12 month period.

With 13 separate legs, each of which will have a different skipper and crew, the aim is to develop skills and personal qualities that are essential for armed forces deployed in Afghanistan and other areas of high tempo operations around the world.

Julie Renshaw, General Manager Lounges, at Servisair, said: “The day to day challenges that are faced by our armed forces around the world are unimaginable and this exercise will assist them in personal and professional development.

“We were approached by one of our travel partners Wexas, who learnt of the exercise when Flt Lt Morwenna MacGillivray contacted them for travel advice.

“After hearing about the task they were facing we were more than happy to offer our lounge free of charge as it appears this is the only time they are going to get to relax for a while.

“Of course, we wish them every success for the journey that lies ahead of them.”

Flt Lt Morwenna MacGillivray added: “We are very grateful to Servisair for allowing us to use their lounge and plan to make full use of the facility to prepare ourselves for what’s ahead.

“During the race we will be sleeping in cabins of three, with a canvas sling for a bed and a single small drawer for our possessions. With shifts of four hours on and four off, you can imagine the luxury of the lounge will be the last we see for quite a while.”

The Royal Air Force boat being used for Exercise Transglobe is HMSTV Discoverer and skipper, Becky Walford, is already in Sydney making preparations.

Team captain, Flt Lt Peter Cooper, will fly from Heathrow on December 17th with the 12 other crew members.

The Heathrow T3 lounge offers a wide range of complimentary beverages and snacks, self service bar facilities and work areas equipped with phone, fax and WiFi connections.

Seats can be booked by all business passengers and holidaymakers at Heathrow airport no matter what airline they are using, class they are travelling or international destination they are headed to.

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