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HEALTH & WELLBEING


Turn to Starboard’s training yacht Bluster on the water in Falmouth Harbour.


Turn To Starboard


On Cornwall’s south coast, aformer RAF Squadron


On Cornwall’s south coast, a former RAF Squadron Leader has set up acharity that takes military


Leader has set up a charity that takes military personnel affected by operations out on the open


personnel affected by operations out on the open water to help them adjust to life in the ‘normal’ world.


water to help them adjust to life in the ‘normal’ world. Envoy magazine finds out how sailing can treat injuries


Envoy magazine fi nds out how sailing can treat injuries that are not always visible.


that are not always visible. When two boats are heading towards each other,they avoid


collision by both turning to starboard (to the right). Turn to Starboard is the brainchild of Shaun Pascoe, who


When two boats are heading towards each other, they avoid collision by both turning to starboard (to the right).


rn to Starboard is the brainchild of Shaun Pascoe, who served for 16 years in the Medical Emergency Response Team, undertaking tours in Sierra Leone, Kosovo, Iraq and Afghanistan.


served for 16 years in the Medical Emergency Response Team, undertaking tours in Sierra Leone, Kosovo, Iraq and Afghanistan.


36 Envoy Summer 2017 Shaun joined the RAF in 1997 and went on to become


Shaun joined the RAF in 1997 and went on to become Commander of the Medical Emergency Response Team (MERT),


Commander of the Medical Emergency Response Team (MERT), leading small teams of highly trained medics who fly out to the


leading small teams of highly trained medics who fl y out to the frontline in Chinooks to rescue and treat medical emergencies.


frontline in Chinooks to rescue and treat medical emergencies. Shaun explains, “Apache helicopters were used to clear the


Shaun explains, “Apache helicopters were used to clear the ground ahead of us, but the Chinook is much faster,sotoget


with no cover whatsoever, that certainly concentrates the mind.” Finding it increasingly difficult to adjust to normal life


groups of ex-military servicemen who were struggling with PTSD, physical injuries or other mental traumas.


ground ahead of us, but the Chinook is much faster, so to get to the wounded as quickly as we could, we often arrived first


to the wounded as quickly as we could, we often arrived fi rst with no cover whatsoever,that certainly concentrates the


mind.” Finding it increasingly diffi cult to adjust to normal life after returning from these war zones, Shaun started sailing with


after returning from these war zones, Shaun started sailing with groups of ex-military servicemen who were struggling with PTSD, physical injuries or other mental traumas.


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