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Charity fun day is a knock-out

by Mark Hardaker 16 Jul 2017 13:08 BST 9 July 2017

Men dressed as penguins and a group decked out in pirate costumes were just some of the sights on show when a sailing charity held an It's a Knockout contest.

Turn to Starboard – a charity that help injured veterans by taking them sailing – hosted the event at Boscawen Park in Malpas near Truro on Sunday July 9 in front of hundreds of spectators.

Thirteen teams in different levels of fancy dress and ranging in age from adults to young children competed for top scores in a series of inflatable obstacle challenges.

Events included having to dive through a foam-filled inflatable tunnel while carrying a piece of a jigsaw before having to stick the piece on an inflatable wall and solving a puzzle. Another event was a human caterpillar race where teams had to balance a jug of water without spilling a drop.

Turn to Starboard event organiser Lou Pearce said she was delighted with the turn out and that money raised will go towards supporting those affected by military operations.

"It's been a hugely successful day and we would like to say a huge thank you to all the teams who entered, all the sponsors and exhibitors and everyone who attended," said Ms Pearce. "We also managed to raise lots of awareness about the service the charity offers."

She added that cash raised will go towards helping injured veterans gain RYA sailing qualifications which help start new careers in the marine industry.

Winning team spokesperson Kat Barbery-Redd, 35, of Newquay Ladies Hockey Club said: "It feels awesome to have won. We didn't come expecting to win and just came along for the laugh, although we are quite competitive so when we realised we were in with a chance of winning at half time we thought 'right, let's go for it' It's been lots of fun and everyone has been really friendly which has made it a fantastic day."

Martin Haseman, 52, of Watson Marlow in Falmouth said: "It's been a brilliant day and we've all had a great time. We entered two teams from our company so there has been a bit of rivalry but in a friendly way. All the events have been brilliant, particularly the blind-folded horses which made us laugh the most."

Rachel Spargo, 37, from Inkfish Hair and Beauty in Truro said the salon team jumped on the opportunity to take part in the challenge. She said: "It's been an amazing day and we've loved every minute. We've done this kind of event twice before and as soon as we heard about Turn to Starboard's event we all said 'we've gotta do it!' We've all had a great day and look forward to taking part again next year."

More about the charity

Turn to Starboard is a Cobseo-registered charity using RYA sailing courses to support Armed Forces personnel who have been affected by military operations. We support those who are Serving or Retired and their families.

We help those retired from the forces and those still serving 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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