What We Do

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. 

We offer:

  • RYA courses – the opportunity for individuals affected by operational tours to undertake RYA Day Skipper and Competent Crew courses.
  • Family sailing – we enable Service families who have been affected by operations to spend some time together on a skippered yacht off the beautiful Cornish coast.
  • Tall ship sailing – for those with an adventurous streak to join us on board the Spirit of Falmouth, a 91ft gaff-rigged traditional Pilot Schooner, for day sails or longer trips.
  • Zero to Hero programme – a training programme with flexible, expert tuition culminating in a RYA Yachtmaster and commercially endorsed Cruising Instructor qualification. The training modules take 16 weeks to complete, but T2S participants can schedule the training and mileage building over a period to suit them.  Typically our participants would complete the course within one year.
  • Volunteer opportunities – work with a group of like-minded people on tasks such as marine engineering, carpentry, painting, fundraising, corporate events, photography, film, graphic design, social media, copywriting, PR, marketing or administration.

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.

"Since my engagement with Turn to Starboard, life has taken on a new meaning and purpose. "

T2S beneficiary

Our Partners

  • Produly supported by Help for Heroes
  • Supported by the Royal Air Forces Association
  • Supported by The Soldiers Charity
  • Supported by The Royal Navy & Royal Marines Charity

  • Supported by The Endeavour Fund
  • Supported by The Royal British Legion
  • Superyacht Charities
  • Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund