International Paint, a coatings brand of AkzoNobel, has given its support to the Turn to Starboard Round Britain Challenge. The International Paint sponsored event will see 38 veterans sailing 2,000 miles around the British Isles. The event kick starts on Wednesday June 1.

The voyage, which is also being supported by The Endeavour Fund, will begin in Falmouth with the journey expected to last eight weeks, stopping at ports including Ipswich, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Glasgow and Liverpool.

The team – many with little or no sailing experience – will circumnavigate Britain anti-clockwise on board a 92-foot replica tall ship to help participants re-engage, reintegrate and gain new skills to help start new careers across the world.

Some of the 38 veterans will sail the complete expedition whilst others will join for shorter sections of the voyage. They will be joined by two additional yachts also crewed by ex-serviceman and women to meet the unexpectedly high number of applicants.

Turn to Starboard was set up three years ago by former RAF leader and CEO, Shaun Pascoe. The charity has helped hundreds of military personnel suffering with physical injuries or mental trauma by providing RYA courses and family sailing trips in a unique and supportive environment.

“The Round Britain adventure aims to help them readjust by providing the same level of challenge in the company of those who have experienced the same testing conditions. The crew are expected to experience physical exertion and sleep deprivation while overcoming the psychological challenges of living and working in a turbulent natural environment. We are looking forward to the challenge and helping those taking part to regain the sense of value and the belonging they were once so proud of,” Shaun comments.

AkzoNobel’s International coatings brand supports the project and is providing essential products from the International Paint range of yacht coatings to help prepare the boats for the challenge.

Stuart Melville, global marketing support specialist at AkzoNobel, comments: “This is a fantastic challenge for such a worthy charity and we are delighted to be supporting the team as they fulfil the two month journey. Our team will be offering advice and support to ensure the boat is in top condition and the team are ready to conquer the challenge. We are looking forward to giving them a big welcome at a number of the stops along their journey.”