Medics take on sailing challenge

5th December 2015

Trainee medics from the British Armed Forces swapped bandages for boats with a sailing charity.

Sixteen defence medics spent a fortnight on a team-building exercise at Turn to Starboard, a Falmouth-based organisation that helps injured veterans by taking them sailing.

The recruits, who are training to become medics in the Armed Forces travelled from the Defence Medical Services at Whittington Barracks in Staffordshire.

The all-female group aged between 17 and 28, were led by Leslie-Anne Connor, an instructor at the school, who said: “All the trainees enjoyed their time in Falmouth and the exercise has allowed them to develop as a team, work outside their comfort zone and learn a range of new skills.”

The medics took part in tasks including steering, sail handling, heaving the ropes and climbing the rigging. Tuition took place on board the Spirit of Falmouth, a 92ft replica tall ship donated to the charity by The Princes Trust last year. Crew members also visited the National Maritime Museum Cornwall, spent time gig rowing and were involved in general maintenance tasks.

Turn to Starboard’s founder Shaun Pascoe said: “The effort of the medics has been invaluable to Turn to Starboard. Not only have they managed to get something out of the experience, but they’ve managed to complete some maintenance tasks on the ship which will further the cause to support our beneficiaries.”


Published in The West Briton and The Lichfield Mercury. 

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