Zero To Hero Programme

“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

Have you ever dreamed of becoming a fully qualified RYA Yachtmaster Offshore,
learning to be an expert sailor and taking charge of your own yacht?

Zero to Hero is our Yachtmaster Development programme. It is designed to offer light at the end of the tunnel for those who are finding it difficult to establish a positive path for their future.

In a supportive and understanding environment we provide flexible expert tuition and mentor support to help those on the course achieve an internationally recognised marine qualification that can lead to a new career anywhere in the world.

If you are interested in hearing more about our Zero to Hero programme or are considering sponsoring this programme, or one like it, please get in touch.

Tel: 01326 314262


What does it involve?

Zero to Hero is a sail training programme offering flexible, expert tuition towards an RYA Yachtmaster Offshore qualification. The training modules can take around 16 weeks to complete yet participants can spread the training and mileage building over a longer period to suit their needs –  typically completing the whole course within a year.

We provide experienced instructors and an incredible network of individuals who are able to support those on the programme with their pastoral and welfare needs. Offering this degree of flexibility is vital to delivering a programme that caters for everyone’s needs. 

Course modules cover subjects such as First Aid, Diesel Engine Maintenance, Navigation, VHF radio operation, and all aspects of sailing.

If you are interested in finding out more about our Zero to Hero programme or are considering sponsoring this programme, please get in touch.

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