Rival Survival Challenge 2019

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Friday 10 to Sunday 12 May, 2019 

Get ready to put your survival skills to the test and survive
for 48-hours in an ancient woodland for charity. 

Go back to basics in a series of exciting and realistic survival challenges against others at a mystery rural location on the south coast of Devon. Working in teams, you will overcome a number of challenges to test your mental and physical stamina, speed and creativity to outscore your opponents and take home the winner’s trophy!

During the challenge you will be living out in the woods and given instruction in essential survival skills such as shelter building, fire lighting, bushcraft, water purification, self-sufficiency, foraging and navigation. Spread over three days, this unique experience takes place across varied terrain including secret beaches, smugglers coves, rivers and historic buildings.

Whether you are taking part as an individual, with friends or work colleagues, Rival Survival is a great event for team bonding, learning new skills and having plenty of fun!


Click on the link below to download a registration form 

Techniques will include:

  • Building survival shelters: Scavenge and hunt for the materials to provide shelter & warmth
  • Fire lighting: Light a camp fire without a match & build the camp around it
  • Medical emergencies: Acquire the basic skills to treat a patient in need
  • Rescue signals: Using established military techniques
  • Gathering water and food: Learn foraging skills and prepare water safe to drink
  • Natural navigation: Learn the art of finding your way using nature



Event date: Friday 10 to Sunday 12 May, 2019. Start time: afternoon (tbc)

Event location:
mystery location in Devon. You will be sent directions to the exact location 48 hours before the event. If you are planning to travel by train or bus to the venue, please book tickets for Plymouth city centre train and bus stations. 

What is the idea behind Rival Survival?

Rival Survival was inspired by several annual events at Turn to Starboard, including the successful 24-hour Life Raft Challenge and It’s A Knockout. We wanted to create an event where participants can put their primitive survival skills to the test and survive in a rugged landscape for charity. 
All funds raised from Rival Survival will go towards helping the charity support Armed Forces personnel affected by military operations and their families.

Do I need to be ‘military fit’ to take part in this event?

Not at all! Anyone can get involved in Rival Survival and it is suitable for all abilities from complete beginners to survival enthusiasts. Participants will have varied backgrounds from all walks of life and the challenge is all about having a fun time in a unique, natural environment. You can take a break from any of the activities whenever you like!

Is parking available at the venue? 

Yes, free parking will be available at the venue for participants and parking permits will be issued prior to the event. Spectators arriving on the final day (Sunday) and will need to purchase a parking ticket (price around £2). 

How much does registration cost? 

Registration costs £25 per person. 

Is there an age restriction? 

Entrants must be aged 16 years or over to enter. 16/17 year olds must have the permission of their parent or guardian to enter. Proof of age, identity and eligibility may be requested.

What should I bring?
Photo ID, email confirmation and a positive attitude! See kit list below for what to wear and other essential items.

What kit will be provided? 

Prior to the event each entrant will be provided with a fundraising kit to help raise sponsorship funds. On the day of the challenge you will be issued with a branded t-shirt, ration pack and emergency survival kit. A medal will be issued to each person who completes the challenge as a keepsake. 

What should I wear? 
We recommend you wear comfortable clothing that allows you move around. You will need: 

  • Waterproof jacket and trousers 
  • Layers of warm clothing with a thermal base 
  • T-shirt (plus spare) 
  • Walking shoes or boots 
  • Warm hat
  • Gloves
  • Warm socks (plus spare pair)  You will also need: 
  • Sleeping bag (3 or 4-season to help keep you toasty at night!) 
  • Roll-out sleeping mat 
  • Swimwear (shorts for men, swimming costume for women) 
  • Towel
  • Cutlery knife, fork and spoon
  • Metal mug/flask 
  • Toothbrush
  • Small wash kit (just the essentials) 
  • Rucksack with waterproof cover 
  • Individual safety kit, to include: small First Aid kit, headtorch, spare batteries, 2 litres of water in a camel pack or bottle. 
  • Personal medication (please let us know about any medication you will be taking in advance). 
    inhaler (if applicable)

A bag check will take place before the event starts. All phones, cameras, keys, wallets and purses must be placed in an additional small bag to be stored in a locked room at the venue until after the event. We advise you to bring a full change of clothes for after the event. 

Please do not bring any additional kit or tools, we will provide you with everything you need!

The following items are PROHIBITED. DO NOT BRING THESE:    

  • Alcoholic drinks (anyone found with alcohol or illegal substances in their possession will be asked to leave
  • Illegal substances
  • Food or drinks
  • Food coolers
  • Knives or weapons 
  • Cameras
  • Phones
  • Music devices/headphones
  • Inflatable items
  • Drones
  • Pets 

Can I sign up with a team?

Yes! Grab your friends, family or work mates and enter as a team. Each  person must register individually yet state in their booking they are entering as a team.  Depending on the number of people taking part in the event, it is likely individuals and groups will compete as part of larger teams. Entry cost is £25 per person and includes a branded t-shirt, ration pack and finishers medal and barbecue (weather permitting). 

How do I raise sponsorship? 
Once you have booked your place you will be sent a fundraising kit to help give you an ideas on ways to raise sponsorship. The easiest way to raise funds is to set up a BT MyDonate page. Visit https://www.btplc.com/mydonate/ and follow the simple steps. Don’t forget to personalise your page with a photo and a few words about what you’re doing for Turn to Starboard. 

Is there a MyDonate app?

Yes. As long as you’ve registered with MyDonate, you can download an app for the iPhone and the Android for free. Just click on the app icon on the MyDonate homepage to find out how to do this.

Can I raise sponsorship funds using another provider?

We would prefer you to use MyDonate, a not-for-profit, online fundraising service for UK charities. The service provides a secure, easy-to-use way for millions of people to raise money for the charity of their choice. Unlike many other providers, MyDonate does not charge a commission fee nor charge the charities to be a member. The only charge made against your donation is the credit/debit card charge (1.3% of donation on credit cards and 15p for each debit card transaction). 




Although you are not required to hit a sponsorship target in order to take part in Rival Survival, we would really appreciate it if you could try to raise some extra money as your registration fee only covers the cost of running the event, and providing you with a branded t-shirt, ration pack and medal. 
We believe with a little bit of commitment and plenty of time you shouldn’t have any difficulty raising a minimum of £200. All the money you raise will go directly towards helping us support Armed Forces personnel affected by military operations and their families. However small the amount it all adds up, so please consider asking everyone you know!



What about potential sponsors who don’t use the internet? Can I add their money to the donations raised online?
Yes. Each entrant will receive a sponsorship form. Just add this money to your ‘offline donations’ total. See the help guide for details on how to do this. Once you have filled out the form, please send it to:

Turn to Starboard
North Parade
Falmouth Marina
Cornwall, TR11 2TD

Please don’t send cash in the post. Cheques should be made payable to ‘Turn to Starboard’ and remember to include your full name and address so we know where to allocate the funds.

How do I promote my link on social media?
We encourage you to let everyone know about your fundraising on social media! You can share your link to your online sponsorship page via My Donate. Don’t forget to follow Turn to Starboard on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram we will do our best to retweet and share your posts:

Facebook: facebook.com/turntostarboard
Twitter: twitter.com/turntostarboard
Instagram: instagram.com/turntostarboard

When sending tweets out about your fundraising please mention #RivalSurvival and @turntostarboard this will get your story seen by our online community. And don’t forget to send us images from any preparation or training to use on social media!

Will I be on my own or be part of a team?

All entrants, whether individual or group registrations, will be placed into a number of larger teams for Rival Survival. Team numbers will depend on the number of participants on the day.

Are spectators (family & friends) allowed?
Due to the location of the venue, it is not possible for spectators to attend for the duration of the course. However, supporters are welcome to join us for a post-event celebration barbecue (weather permitting) on Sunday afternoon. 

Can I bring my dog/cat/horse?

For the safety of all participants and furry friends, animals are not permitted at the event.

Is Rival Survival safe?

Led by a team of highly professional military instructors from an established events company, all entrants can be assured their health and safety is of paramount importance. All survival instructors have had unique wilderness experiences and a combined 60 years of training people for expeditions and operations worldwide with real experience of survival in extreme hostile environments.

What time should I arrive on the day?
We will confirm your required arrival time by email in the near future. 

Check-in instructions

Our helpful team will be on hand at the venue to check you in and answer any questions you may have on the day. 

Will I get wet?

Yes! Rival Survival involves water, so be prepared for your clothes and shoes to get wet … and don’t forget to bring a change of clothes for the end of the event. 

What about going to the loo? 

An enclosed portable toilet will be located on site to ensure the health and safety of all participants. 

Will there be photographers at the event? 

Yes! Event photographers will be at the location and will be capturing the event from start to finish throughout weekend. A photo gallery available on our social media channels and website a few days after the challenge is completed. All participants will be required to sign a media disclaimer form before the event. Unfortunately, it is not possible to take part in Rival Survival without signing this form. 

Can I take my own photos? 
Phones and cameras are not permitted during the challenge, yet there will be an opportunity to take your own photos at the start and end of the event. 

Can I skip any of the challenges?
Although we will encourage you to give 100% effort during the event, you are able to skip a challenge if you do not feel able to physically compete. However, skipping challenges will incur penalties for your team. 

Showers/changing area 
As there is only one shower available at the venue, a mobile shower unit with changing area will be provided. 

Food and drink 
All participants will be issued with a carefully calculated ration pack containing a set amount of calories to sustain you through throughout the event. Additional food items and ‘treats’ will be issued to teams winning individual challenges. You will need to bring along at least 2 litres of water in a bottle or camel pack to keep in your rucksack. 


What happens if it is raining or there is bad weather?
We won’t let a few drops of rain stop Rival Survival – it will just add to the challenge. If there are major weather warnings in the area on the run up to the event, check this webpage and your email for updates.


Can I use Turn to Starboard’s logo?
There is a special Turn to Starboard Rival Survival logo which you are welcome to use with your social media posts. Requests can be made by email to Izzy at izzy@turntostarboard.co.uk.

What happens if I can’t attend? Will I g
et a refund? 
If you are unable to participate in the challenge, please contact Ellen soon as possible at 01326 314262 or ellen@turntostarboard.co.uk. Due to the significant cost of setting up the event, we are only able to refund registration fees up to 14 days after your place is booked.  

Can I transfer my registration to another person?

Unfortunately registrations are non-transferable. If you are not being able to attend the event, please let us know as soon as possible.

I can’t take part in my event, what happens to donations?

If you are unable to take part in the event, please contact us as soon as possible to organise a refund of any sponsorship donations you have received. 

How do I book my place?

To confirm your place, contact  Ellen on 01326 314262 or ellen@turntostarboard.co.uk. 

What if I have another question? 

There’s no such thing as a silly question, so feel free to contact Ellen by email at ellen@turntostarboard.co.uk or call 01326 314262 for more information. 

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