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Acrew of veterans manning the rigging on board the charity’s tall ship Spirit of Falmouth.


Akeen sailor,hehad noticed the calming effects of the sea and began providing sailing opportunities for others. In 2012 he set up the charity to help those in similar situations. “There is something really quite special about sailing,” says Shaun. “It can provide atherapeutic and calming effect and when you’re out at sea there is nothing to trigger the unwelcome memories that are associated with past traumatic experiences.”


Within two weeks of sailing Shaun started to feel in abetter place and could also see the positive impact sailing had on other individuals, so decided turned down ajob with the NHS to concentrate on setting up the charity.


Based at Falmouth in Cornwall, Turn to Starboard has anational remit to work with veterans who have


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been affected by military operations, helping to get them back on track with their lives. The charity runs several different programmes, from Royal Yachting Association-accredited courses for beginners to week-long family trips, as well as an extensive Zero to Hero Yachtmaster development programme, which gives participants the necessary qualifications to begin a career in sailing.


Drastic transformations are not uncommon at Turn to Starboard. ‘Wehad one guy who had been locked inside his house for years. We picked him up and took him sailing. Since then, he’s really engaged with life and sails every day with his local club,’ says Shaun.


It’s testament to Shaun’s determination that all the major veterans’ charities are now on board, including Royal Air


Force Association, Help for Heroes and the Royal British Legion. HRH Princess Anne visited the charity last year to lend her support and the Prince’s Trust gifted the organisation 92 foot tall ship – Spirit of Falmouth –which was used on aRound Britain Challenge expedition last year.The epic voyage aimed to help participants gain new skills while raising awareness of the challenges some veterans face after leaving the military.


“Leaving the military,particularly on medical discharge, can see some individuals face significant challenges,” explains Shaun. “Wetry to help veterans regain that sense of value and the belonging they were once so proud of.”


To find out more or to make a donation, call 01326 314262 or visit turntostarboard.co.uk.


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