Croatia to Cornwall

“Unbelievable experience, the mixture of being on the water and chatting to like-minded people was worth more than any counselling session.”
Sailing participant
“Turn to Starboard has helped me on the road to recovery and I shall never forget it.”
Sailing participant
“Spending time as a family doing something we wouldn’t usually do was a brilliant adventure.”
Family Sail participants
“It’s been an amazing experience and feels like my soul has been recharged. Brilliant couple of days.”
Sailing participant
 ‘My daddy came back from Afghanistan – but when we went sailing, he really came back.’ 
Family Sail participant
“When I came to Turn to Starboard I felt scared and nervous … the week on the yacht was amazing … I felt part of a team.”
Sailing participant
“What an experience! … a chance to be a family. Thank you so much”
Family Sail participant
“For the first time in many years I have a purpose in life. I have goals to qualify as a RYA Yachtmaster. I feel alive again.”
Sailing participant
"We all had a fantastic time and not only acquired new skills but relished the family time we had away from all the distractions of everyday life and the stress of my injuries."
Family Sail participant
"Since my engagement with Turn to Starboard, life has taken on a new meaning and purpose. "
Sailing participant
"I felt in a better place and it markedly improved my interaction with others, delivering a new sense of purpose, value and belonging."
Sailing participant
"Turn to Starboard provides much-needed aid to a steady and growing stream of beneficiaries "
Charity Patron - Sir Dusty Miller
"We believe there is something immeasurable about seeing the world from the sea. Sailing promotes a can-do attitude, a sense of well-being and camaraderie amongst all who participate."
Turn to Starboard CEO and founder Shaun Pascoe

A team of veterans has set sail on Turn to Starboard’s latest endeavour – sailing 3000 miles from Croatia to Cornwall.

On March 27, 2018, a team of six veterans set sail on Turn to Starboard’s latest endeavour – sailing 3000 miles from Croatia to Cornwall.

The intrepid crew took to the sea on board a 43-foot Hans Christian yacht with the journey expected to take five or six weeks.

Kikila‘ was built in 1984 and gifted to the charity by a generous supporter before being sold by mutual agreement. Moored at Krk Island in Croatia, the expedition was planned as a way to deliver the boat to the UK for the new owner while acting as a way for crew members to gain new skills.

Expedition leader Paul Miller said: “This unique challenge is going to be hugely demanding, both physically and mentally, yet will be exceptionally rewarding to sail past some of the most beautiful countries in Europe. This journey is about showing that suffering from physical or mental injuries doesn’t have to mean aspiring to less, and will help crew members gain valuable miles towards their Yachtmaster qualifications.”

Supported by The Endeavour Fund, the voyage aims to help the recovery and rehabilitation of injured veterans while helping those with the ambition to create life changing experiences.

Some of the candidates on the trip were drawn from the charity’s Yachtmaster ‘Zero to Hero’ training programme. The crew are expected to arrive back at Falmouth Harbour on May 7.

Thanks to our generous supporters at YB Tracking, you can follow the crew via the live tracker below:

Our Partners and Supporters

  • Supported by The Soldiers Charity
  • Produly supported by Help for Heroes
  • Supported by The Royal British Legion
  • Supported by The Royal Navy & Royal Marines Charity
  • Supported by The Royal Marines Charity
  • Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund
  • Supported by Watson Marlow

  • Supported by The Confederation of Service Charities
  • Supported by The Endeavour Fund
  • Supported by International
  • Supported by Team Ethos
  • The Lest We Forget Association
  • Supported by Balfour Beatty
  • Superyacht Charities


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