Our Purpose and Values

“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

Our mission

To use sail training to support Armed Forces personnel
affected by military operations and their families. 

Our Objectives

  • To help serving and retired Armed Forces personnel and their families readjust after operations and assist them in meeting the unique demands placed on them by Service life. 
  • To focus on re-integration , re-engagement and reinforcing a sense of value and belonging for beneficiaries 
  • To provide Royal Yachting Association (RYA) sailing courses and career building opportunities to help make beneficiaries make ‘the right turn’. 

Our Values

Our values define who we are; they are driven by a desire to help serving and retired Armed Forces personnel and their families, who have been affected by military operations.

Through holding these values at the heart of everything we do, we have created a vibrant charity where ideas blossom and our beneficiaries and team thrive on success and flourish.



We believe our core role involves helping people to connect and re-evaluate where they belong.


By providing a supportive environment where a person can take stock, we enable people to relearn who they are and what drives them.



It is important to remember that the concept of success varies depending on person and life experience. Some of the challenges we face with our beneficiaries are connected to what success looks like to the individual – as a serving person and then as a civilian. We all need encouragement at some time in life, our role is to focus on helping individuals identify what success is to them and then help them to achieve it.

Our Partners and Supporters



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