1851 Trust gives 200 local young people exclusive preview of Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series Portsmouth Race Village
Over 200 young people from Portsmouth and the surrounding areas today had the opportunity to learn more about the America’s Cup environment and the technology behind sailing by taking part in educational activities focused on team work, sustainability and ocean health.
This was organised by the 1851 Trust, the Official Charity of Land Rover BAR the British America’s Cup Team , ahead of the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series Portsmouth this weekend. The Trust works to enable and encourage young people from a wide demographic to experience sailing, engage in STEM subjects and consider their impact on the environment. The Trust builds on the inspiration of the British America’s Cup challenge, to inspire and excite young people into the sport of sailing, design, engineering and the wider maritime industry.
The young people, aged between 9-16, and a number of whom are already benefiting from the 1851 Trust’s programme, came from a local schools, youth organisations and local sailing clubs.
The young people were split into different groups, each named after one of the sailing teams taking part in the racing this weekend. They took part in a Single Use Plastic hunt, where they had to find out various facts and identify alternative uses for the plastics. They then used the items they found during the hunt to create boats made from recyclable items for gutter boat racing.
The third activity in the morning gave young people the chance to learn more about the America’s Cup environment and gain a greater understanding of the technologies behind sailing. This gave them the chance to use interactive equipment, including the stable flight and wind tunnel, which can usually be found at Land Rover BAR’s base in Portsmouth in The Tech Deck and Education Centre. This centre offers a unique behind-the-scenes experience with hands-on interactive educational exhibits, enabling young people to get close to the boats, people, and technologies in development.
The morning was rounded off with the 200 young people meeting sailors from each competing team.
Today’s activity was supported by 11th Hour Racing, which works with the sailing community to advance solutions and practices that protect and restore the health of the oceans. 11th Hour Racing provided all the participants with a reusable, BPA free, locally sourced water bottle. Each bottle carried the message ‘Say no to single use plastics’ and contained a special note from Sir Ben Ainslie to promote responsible environmental practices. 11th Hour Racing also provided a Pledge Board for young people to highlight their commitment in refusing single use plastics.
Jo Stocks, CEO of the 1851 Trust said: “We are thrilled that we could involve over 200 young people from Portsmouth and the surrounding areas with the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series Portsmouth this morning. This is such an exciting time for sailing in the UK and we’re keen to use it to inspire a new generation into sailing, the marine industry and caring for the environment. Eight million tonnes of plastic rubbish enters our oceans each year, with this figure set to increase tenfold over the next decade – meaning that by 2050, there will be more plastics in the sea than fish. It’s essential that we educate young people about the role they can play in helping us safeguard our oceans.”
Tayah Winslade from Active Community Networks in Leigh Park who took part in this morning’s activities, explains: “I had a really good time today. There were lots of entertainment and activities that I enjoyed and it was really good for team building. I learnt so much about single use plastic and the environment.”
The second Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series to take place in Portsmouth begins tomorrow. HRH The Duchess of Cambridge, 1851 Trust Royal Patron, HRH The Duke of Cambridge will visit Land Rover BAR and The 1851 Trust at the America’s Cup World Series Portsmouth this Sunday. Their Royal Highnesses will visit the Land Rover BAR team base, to see their state of the art testing boats, and meet members of staff driving the advanced design and technology forward to help the team achieve their goal to bring the Cup home. They will then watch the teams from USA, France, New Zealand, Japan, Sweden and the British Challenger compete in three races on the Solent, alongside the thousands of fans watching on from the Race Village on Southsea seafront. Their Royal Highnesses will then head to the main stage to present the event winners with their trophy.