What We Do

“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

Sailing is known to provide elements that mirror the ethos of Armed Forces life, such as team cohesion, the challenge of adventure training and leadership skills.

What we offer

We support serving and retired Armed Forces personnel, and their families, who have been affected by military operations. Our support does not distinguish between Reservists and Regulars. 

To deliver our training, we charter yachts through local companies and use our own 91ft traditionally built Pilot Schooner, the Spirit of Falmouth, donated to us by The Prince’s Trust.

Thanks to our supporters our programmes come at no cost to our beneficiaries. If you are interested in any of our activities or you know someone you think would benefit from our support, then please do get in touch.
Tel: 01326 314 262
Email: info@turntostarboard.co.uk

How we help

Research has shown that for a significant number of Armed Forces personnel moving back in to civilian life after time spent on deployed operations can be a huge shock.  Readjusting to ‘normal’ life can be a real challenge.

Those who have experienced hostile and often austere conditions can find it difficult to share their experiences, even with their loved ones – yet the same may not always be said for Armed Forces personnel in a group. We have repeatedly witnessed that it is often easier to share experiences with others in a similar position.

It is vital that, as a country, we provide these individuals with opportunities for sharing and understanding if they are ever to move towards a successful future with their families.

Many of us at Turn to Starboard know what it is to return from military operations and the challenge this transition can impose on us. We understand what it means to meet the unique demands placed on us by service life and we are committed to supporting these individuals on a positive path for their future.

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