Who We Are

At Turn to Starboard know what it is like to return from military operations. Many of us have experienced the challenges of returning to civilian life and the need to fit back into everyday routines.

When two boats are heading straight towards each other, they avoid collision by following a simple rule of sailing –  turn to starboard (turn to the right). We use sailing to help Armed Forces personnel and their families make the right turn.

Based at Falmouth Marina in Cornwall, we are a group of Yachtmasters and volunteers – civilian, ex-service and serving who help military veterans get on the right track.

We use Royal Yachting Association (RYA) sailing courses to support Armed Forces personnel who have been affected by military operations.  We also provide sailing trips to enable Service families who have been affected by operations to spend some time together on a skippered yacht, plus volunteer opportunities with a wide variety of roles.

Service personnel who have experienced hostile conditions on deployed operations often have difficulty readjusting to normal life. It can sometimes be difficult  to share these highly stressful experiences and emotions with friends and family.  The instinct can often be to try and protect families and loved ones by not discussing how we feel.

At Turn to Starboard we regularly witness that it is easier to share experiences with others who have served in the Forces. By grouping these individuals together, we allow them to begin their journey of readjustment.

We aim to help people leaving the Armed Forces gain qualifications that will help them find new careers in the marine industry.

The comradeship through shared experience can prove invaluable… but we are not just about that. By providing internationally recognised courses through the Royal Yachting Association, we support our beneficiaries to develop new careers while setting them on a more positive path for their future.

Turn to Starboard was founded by RAF Squadron Leader (Ret’d) Shaun Pascoe.

Our history will tell you more and you can read some of the things that people say about us.

"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."

Squadron Leader Shaun Pascoe (Founder)

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