Laura Penhaul

Turn to Starboard Patron

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Laura Penhaul set two world records when she led the first all-female crew to row across the Pacific Ocean. After 4 years in preparation, they set off from San Francisco in April 2015, rowed 9,000 nautical miles and after 9 months arrived in Cairns, Australia in January 2016.

Laura is a Physiotherapist by trade and she was Lead Physiotherapist to the Paralympic Programme for British Athletics, where she supported the athletes at the Rio Paralympic Games 2016. After having been to Vancouver Winter Paralympics as Lead for Paralympic skiing and then working at London 2012, she thought that rowing an ocean would give her an insight into what her athletes go through when faced with the question of wanting to give up.



"I believe in highlighting to anyone and everyone, that we need to recognise our own abilities and not our limitations. Turn To Starboard epitomises this by creating a platform for injured service personnel to be tested and pushed in an environment where they can also learn new skills, showing everyone and themselves what their abilities are over and above their disabilities. Turn To Starboard is a great charity that I am proud to be a part of and to top it off, Cornwall is its home! "

Laura Penhaul

Our Partners

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

  • Supported by The Endeavour Fund
  • Supported by The Royal British Legion
  • Superyacht Charities
  • Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund