A team of veterans affected by military operations on a round-Britain sailing expedition are due to arrive on the Isle of Wight later this month.

The ‘Turn to Starboard Round Britain Challenge’ set sail from Falmouth in Cornwall on 5th August with 17 crew members – many with little or no sailing experience – working together to circumnavigate Britain on board a 92ft tall ship.

The 2000-mile expedition has been organised by Turn to Starboard, a Cornish charity that helps military personnel suffering with physical injuries or mental trauma by providing sailing courses. The aim of the epic voyage is to help participants re-engage, reintegrate and gain new skills to help start new careers.

The crew are sailing in a clockwise direction on the 8-week voyage, navigating Britain’s spectacular coastline and visiting places such as Liverpool, Stornoway, Newcastle, Ipswich and the Isle of Wight. The Isle of Wight follows stops in Newcastle and Ipswich and depending on weather conditions, the crew are expected to arrive on Wednesday 20th September.

After experiencing heavy storms, damaged sails and 40 knot winds Expedition leader and former Royal Marine Dan Fielding said:

“The team has overcome huge waves and stormy weather during the expedition, yet we have all pulled together”

Some of the team, which is comprised of military veterans suffering with physical injuries or mental trauma, will gain new skills during the 8-week journey to help start new careers in the marine industry. Others have set themselves a personal challenge as they battle with their own issues after Service life.

The epic expedition has been organised by Turn to Starboard, a Cornish charity that helps military personnel affected by military operations by providing sailing courses. Lead supporter of the initiative is The Endeavour Fund, which plays an important role in ensuring that more servicemen and women have the opportunity to rediscover their self-belief and fighting spirit through physical challenges.

Stuart Croxford, Programme Manager at The Endeavour Fund commented:

“I’m thrilled that we’re able to once again support this incredible challenge. Turn to Starboard does a fantastic job in supporting wounded, injured and sick Servicemen and women on their journey to recovery and helping them rediscover their fighting spirit. This Round Britain Challenge will not only be a once-in-a-lifetime experience but it will give all participants the chance to gain new skills and qualifications which will help them long after they return.”

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