A team of military veterans on a round-Britain sailing expedition have arrived in
The Turn to Starboard Round Britain challenge set sail from Falmouth harbour at the
beginning of August with seventeen crew members - many with little or no sailing
experience - working together to circumnavigate Britain on board a 92-foot tall ship.
The 2000-mile expedition has been organised by Turn to Starboard, a charity based
at Falmouth that helps hundreds of military personnel suffering with physical injuries
or mental trauma by providing sailing courses and family sailing trips.
The aim of the epic voyage is to help participants re-engage, reintegrate and gain
new skills to help start new careers.
The crew are sailing in a clockwise direction to navigate Britain's spectacular coastline.
Turn to Starboard was set up four years ago by former RAF leader and CEO, Shaun Pascoe
who was the leader of a helicopter medical emergency response team in the RAF, yet
after finding it difficult to adjust to normal life outside of the forces he embarked
on a Royal Yachting Association (RYA) Yachtmaster course and within two weeks of
sailing he felt in a better place.
He now invests his time in helping others to feel the same and skippered the vessel
on a similar expedition last year.
Shaun said: “Following the success of last year’s Round Britain Challenge, we are
excited that The Endeavour Fund has agreed to support a second expedition to sail
a group of veterans affected by military operations around the British Isles.
“Once again the aim of the challenge is to help participants re-engage, reintegrate
and gain new skills while raising awareness of the challenges veterans can face after
leaving service life.
"Since completing last year's challenge, 15 crew members have gone on to achieve
Yachtmaster status or are close to gaining the coveted qualification.
“Our follow up research also found that the experience had a positive impact on participants
lives and many are now engaged in another form of activity or employed.
“We hope it will help those taking part to regain the sense of value and belonging
they were once so proud of."
The team live, sleep and work on board the tall ship donated to the charity by The
Prince’s Trust. At 92 feet, and weighing in at 88 tonnes, the vessel is as long as
seven cars and weighs the equivalent of a blue whale.