Turn to Starboard has moved into the world of competitive sail racing.
In partnership with The Endeavour Fund and Help for Heroes, the charity has launched a new racing division from a new office at Gosport near Portsmouth.
According to Chief Executive and founder Shaun Pascoe, the new venture helps to increase the number of sailing opportunities for those affected by their time serving in the Armed Forces while honing skills for aspiring Yachtmasters on the charity’s training course.
“We are honoured to enter into the world of competitive racing which is a natural progression of what we offer and provides a great way for those affected by operations to learn new skills, rebuild confidence and connect with other veterans,” he said.
“Thanks to the incredible support from Help for Heroes and The Endeavour Fund, this exciting new venture will help show that suffering from physical or mental injuries doesn’t have to mean aspiring to less, while serving as a gateway to future opportunities in the sport.”
Turn to Starboard plan to enter a series of local races and regattas throughout the racing season. In July, a crew of nine beneficiaries on a 40-foot racing yacht made waves at the legendary Round the Island Race at Cowes. More than 1200 boats and around 15,000 sailors entered the annual race, making the one-day event the largest and most spectacular yacht race of its kind in the world. The course runs approximately 50 nautical miles around the Isle of Wight and the crew finished in 367th place out of 656 boats completing the race, and took around 11 hours.
Turn to Starboard was set up four years ago and believes sailing has a therapeutic effect on those affected by military operations. It recently reached a major milestone after providing 1200 sailing opportunities to veterans and has helped many gain sailing qualifications to help start new careers in the marine industry.
To celebrate the launch of the racing division, the charity held a 3-day sailing regatta from July 18 at Haslar Marina in Gosport. Sixty injured veterans from all over the UK applied to sail on board 10 racing yachts especially chartered for the event.
“Whether you’re new to the sport or a seasoned sailor, come along and join some like-minded individuals and enjoy some time on the water. You can choose to pull on a few ropes or just sit back and enjoy the ride, it’s totally up to you. Competitive racing is about experiencing life on the water with other veterans affected by operations and having some fun, as well as maybe winning a trophy or two.”
To get on board, contact Turn to Starboard Operations manager Tamsin Mulcahy on 01326 314262 or email [email protected].