23rd April 2017
A documentary film about a team of veterans who took part in the Turn to Starboard Round Britain Challenge sailing expedition was shown at the National Maritime Museum in Falmouth on Thursday [20 April].
A team of 38 veterans – many with no sailing experience – circumnavigated Britain anti-clockwise from Falmouth on board the ‘Spirit of Falmouth’, a 92-foot long tall ship and two support yachts in June 2016. Fourteen veterans completed the 2000 nautical mile voyage with the rest completing shorter sections of the route, along with beneficiaries of The Prince’s Trust and a documentary film crew.
The epic expedition aimed to help participants gain new skills while raising awareness of the challenges some veterans face after leaving the military.
Turn to Starboard CEO Shaun Pascoe said: “For most of our participants leaving the military, particularly on medical discharge, sees them facing significant challenges, with some losing the true comradeship and sense of purpose. The Round Britain adventure aimed to help them readjust by providing the same level of challenge in the company of those who have experienced the same testing conditions. The documentary film highlighted how the crew faced incredible difficulties throughout the journey, from rebuilding the tall ship’s gearbox after it malfunctioned near the Isle of Wight to braving huge waves in the Irish Sea, the team showed incredible resilience in every situation.”
All three vessels stopped at ports including Newcastle, the Orkney Islands and the Isles of Scilly. In Liverpool, the tall ship was invited to berth outside Merseyside Maritime Museum in celebration of an exhibition marking 250 years of the Pilotage Service. The replica pilot schooner played a part in telling the story of the Liverpool pilots and their vital role in navigating ships in and out of the port.