A Cornish charity has launched a campaign to find a team of wounded veterans for an ambitious 2,000-mile sailing expedition from Land’s End to John O’ Groats – and back.
Turn to Starboard is offering a unique opportunity for 24 veterans who have been affected by military service, with physical injuries or mental trauma, to join the epic challenge for a one-way voyage in either direction.
The Long Way Up will see a fleet of three 40-foot yachts set sail from Land’s End on June 10. Crew members will spend around three weeks at sea navigating the west coast of mainland Britain while learning to sail under expert tuition from professional instructors.
Turn to Starboard CEO and founder, Shaun Pascoe, said: “The aim of this exciting challenge is for wounded veterans to experience the therapeutic effects of sailing and the sea, meet people facing similar challenges as their own and gain valuable new skills.
“Crew members can choose to either set sail from Land’s End or John O’Groats on a 1,000 nautical-mile trip and enjoy stunning views along Britain’s wild coastline. Each participant will get the chance to develop their sailing ability and skippering skills, learn about navigation, meteorology, safety and signals.
“There’s no doubt each person will return as a competent sailor and have the option to continue their training with the charity and put themselves forward for an RYA Yachtmaster Offshore assessment. This valuable qualification allows the holder to work professionally in the boating industry as a delivery skipper, on a superyacht or as a sailing instructor and is recognised worldwide as a certificate of competency.
“All places are provided free of charge and include three meals a day plus the loan of waterproof kit and safety lifejacket. Anyone who would like to apply will need at least one week’s yacht sailing experience, which may be able to be take place from our base at Falmouth in Cornwall before the expedition.”
Organisations across the UK are being invited to sponsor the Long Way Up expedition. Turn to Starboard is looking for businesses or groups who would like their logo featured on all of the yachts, and enjoy complimentary use of a yacht at the launch regatta, or take part in employee or client sailing experiences on a traditional tall ship.
Various corporate packages are available. If you are interested in sponsoring the event and showing your support for wounded veterans, contact Jane Higgins, events and fundraising manager, on 01326 314262 or by email at email@example.com.
For more information or to apply for a place on the Long Way Up expedition, contact Helen on 01326 314262 or email firstname.lastname@example.org