Turn to Starboard was created from the personal experiences of its founder, Squadron Leader (Rtd) Shaun Pascoe.
Turn to Starboard was founded by RAF Squadron Leader (Rtd) Shaun Pascoe. The idea of using sail training to help Forces personnel overcome the challenges of transition to civilian life was inspired by Shaun’s own personal experience.
Shaun served on numerous tours during his sixteen years in the RAF, including Kosovo, Sierra Leone, Iraq and repeatedly to Afghanistan as Officer Commanding (OC) of the Medical Emergency Response Team (MERT).
MERT is a medical team that flies forward using the Chinook aircraft to retrieve those significantly injured at the point of wounding, often in extremely austere conditions, under heavy enemy fire. The high-intensity nature of his operational work meant the transition on coming home became an increasing challenge. Shaun found it difficult adjusting to normal life, he felt isolated and found it difficult to share his experiences, even with his loved ones.
After his second tour of Afghanistan Shaun raised £8,300 from various charitable sources and purchased windsurfing equipment and a rescue boat. As a windsurfing instructor Shaun taught those returning from operations with an emphasis on meeting others in similar positions.
Approaching his last year in service, Shaun decided to spend his resettlement time and money on a Royal Yachting Association, Yachtmaster Offshore course with Cruising Instructor. Within two weeks of sailing he felt in a better place.
Using this qualification Shaun began providing sailing opportunities for others. As he came to the end of his sixteen years service he was able to focus on this activity full-time and has since amassed a significant following and support. In order to ensure the robustness and governance of what he was doing, Shaun registered as a charity with the Charity Commission in July 2012 and Turn to Starboard was born.
Squadron Leader Shaun Pascoe (Founder)