Major support for military sail training charity Turn to Starboard
Organisers of the MailASail AZAB 2019 Race (Azores and Back Race) have chosen Turn to Starboard as their nominated charity.
The challenging 2500-mile race from Falmouth tothe Azores islandsin the mid-Atlantic and back has been held for the past 43 years and is organised by the Royal Cornwall Yacht Club. This year’s event, involving around 60 boats, will support Turn to Starboard, a charity based in Falmouth, Cornwall, which – through sail training – supports Armed Forces personnel affected by military operations.
Says MailASail AZAB race director Ian Munday, ‘As a Veteran myself I can fully appreciate the immensely valuable and life-changing work that Turn to Starboard does with Veterans and their families. We are delighted to be able to support the charity through the MAZAB and increase awareness among fellow mariners of the impact the charity achieves.’
The AZAB race, which takes place every four years, starts on 1 June, with each leg covering approximately 1220 miles. The majority of yachts take between seven and ten days to reach the race destination, Ponta Delgada, one of nine Azores Archipelago Islands approximately 750 nautical miles off the coast of Portugal.
Ready to race (from left to right): AZAB race director Ian Munday with Turn to
Starboard team members Tamsin Mulcahy, Steve Richards and Izzy Galloway at Falmouth Marina
Turn to Starboard uses sail training to support Armed Forces personnel affected by military operations to start new careers in the marine industry. Launched in 2014, it has provided more than 2,000 sailing opportunities to injured Veterans and their families, with many going on to gain valuable sailing qualifications.
Tamsin Mulcahy, operations manager at Turn to Starboard, says: ‘We are delighted to be chosen by the organisers of the Azores and Back Yacht Race 2019 and warmly welcome the support from this iconic race. This partnership will help to raise awareness of our work supporting Veterans suffering with physical or mental health injuries, as well as highlighting some of the challenges individuals can face after leaving Service life.’
About Turn to Starboard
Turn to Starboard is a Cobseo registered charity that uses RYA sailing courses to support Armed Forces personnel who have been affected by military operations. It supports those who are serving or retired, and their families, to get perspective on past events and focus on a successful future. Beneficiaries gain tangible experiences, expert training and career-building opportunities – including the chance to gain internationally recognised marine qualifications.
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