The Round Britain Challenge 2016 saw a team of veterans sail 2000 miles around the British Isles on board a 92-foot Tall Ship.

The challenge

On June 1, 2016 a chosen few embarked on the journey of a lifetime. Harnessing the power of the wind, 38 crew members challenged their mind and bodies to sail 2000 miles around the coast of Britain.

Turn to Starboard’s Round Britain Challenge 2016 offered serving or retired Armed Forces personnel affected by military operations the chance to rebuild their lives and focus on a successful future.


The Voyage

Departing from our base at Falmouth in Cornwall, the crew circumnavigated Britain anti-clockwise on board the 'Spirit of Falmouth', a 92-foot wooden gaff-rigged schooner. With a core crew of six which included our own highly experienced Yacht Masters, 'Spirit' was joined by crew members for shorter sections of the journey, all of whom have been affected by military operations at some point in their lives.

The team worked together to navigate Britain's spectacular coastline while visiting ports such as Newcastle, The Orkney Islands, Liverpool and the Isles of Scilly.

The voyage was FREE for successful applicants and all training, kit, food and refreshments were provided. Crew members also had the opportunity to gain internationally recognised marine qualifications.

Who are Turn to Starboard?

Turn to Starboard is a charity based in Cornwall using Royal Yachting Association (RYA) courses to support Armed forces personnel affected by military operations. Our focus is on re-integration, re-engagement and providing tangible experiences, expert training and career building opportunities in a supportive and unique environment.

We help retired and serving personnel to get perspective on past events and focus on a successful future. You can find out more about what we offer at

The Route

After spending two months sailing in an anti-clockwise direction around the British Isles, the team arrived home one day ahead of the planned schedule. The epic aimed to help participants gain new skills while raising awareness of the challenges some veterans face after leaving the military.

Our Partners

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