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AkzoNobel supporting veterans bid to sail round Britain

An intrepid team of 38 military veterans is attempting to sail 2,000 miles around the British Isles as part of a project sponsored by AkzoNobel’s International paint brand.

Expected to take two months, the voyage has been organized by the Turn to Starboard charity, which helps military personnel suffering with physical injuries or mental trauma.

The charity was set up by CEO and former RAF leader Shaun Pascoe after he discovered that sailing can help people to cope with the unique demands of active service.

“For most of our participants, leaving the military – particularly on medical discharge – sees them facing significant challenges, with some losing the true comradeship and sense of purpose that is so important in a military setting,” explained Shaun.

“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.”

Added AkzoNobel’s Stuart Melville: “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 sailors are ready to conquer the challenge.”

The company has supplied products from its International paint range, which will provide essential protection for the 92-foot replica tall ship (The Spirit of Falmouth) as it makes its way round Britain in an anti-clockwise direction.

Some of the 38 veterans will sail the complete expedition – which set off on June 1 – while others will join for shorter sections of the voyage.

Continued Shaun: “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.”

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