Local teenagers set to Go Sail with the 1851 Trust in partnership with UKSA.


Local teenagers set to Go Sail with the 1851 Trust in partnership with UKSA.

Official Charity of Land Rover BAR, the 1851 Trust has today launched the Go Sail project 2017 for local schools.  It will provide students living in the Solent area new experiences both on and off the water. Funded by Sport England, the project will include free sailing opportunities coupled with a STEM education programme.

Go Sail will introduce a new generation of 14-16 year olds to the sport of sailing and give them hands-on experience of the real-world science, technology, engineering and maths challenges faced by Land Rover BAR in their challenge to Bring the America’s Cup Home through a workshop in the Tech Deck at the team’s base in Portsmouth.

Go Sail has been developed by the 1851 Trust, the official charity of Portsmouth based America’s Cup team, Land Rover BAR, led by Sir Ben Ainslie. The 1851 Trust works to enable, engage and encourage young people from a wide demographic to not only experience sailing but also to understand the Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) principles at use every-day in professional sport. A visit to the State of the Art Tech Deck at Land Rover BAR means young people can see for themselves the technical innovations being developed to Bring the Cup Home and see the real-world applications of the concepts they learn at school.

Go Sail hopes to capitalise on the buzz surrounding Sir Ben Ainslie and his team’s America’s Cup challenge, which to date has seen Portsmouth host two separate rounds of the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series. The America’s Cup will culminate in June 2017 in Bermuda and in turn, inspire young people to try sailing, watersports and the opportunities afforded through STEM.

Jo Stocks, 1851 Trust CEO said: “With just over four months until the start of the America’s Cup, both Land Rover BAR and the 1851 Trust are keen to engage and excite young people to be part of this exciting journey.  We believe that the opportunity to get out on the water, perhaps for the first time, and come to the home of a professional working sports team – to see how the Land Rover BAR team work through STEM challenges and principles in their everyday working lives – will serve to inspire young people and broaden their horizons to the possibility of an exciting career in STEM.   Our digital education programme BT STEM Crew is a partner programme to the Tech Deck experience and includes modules on D&T, Maths, Physics and Chemistry for Key Stage 3 with more in development.  Students can follow the team in Bermuda with real-time challenges during the America’s Cup.”

Isle of Wight-based charity UKSA will be responsible for delivering the sailing elements of the Go Sail programme. UKSA has been chosen as the delivery partner because of their extensive experience in using sailing and watersports as a catalyst to transform young people’s lives through their youth development programmes.   Sailing delivery will take place both at Portsmouth Watersports Centre on the Eastern Rd and at UKSA in Cowes for schools based on the Isle of Wight.

UKSA’s CEO Ben Willows added: “As a long established and experienced youth development sail training provider, we are privileged to be delivering these opportunities for the 1851 Trust. Through providing pathways into local sailing clubs, we will be enabling young people to continue their participation with the aim of making sailing a sport for life. UKSA can also offer participants a variety of destinations into education, employment or training through our Professional training courses and relationships with marine industry partners.”

Go Sail will be engaging with local schools in the coming months throughout Portsmouth, Gosport, Havant, Fareham and the Isle of Wight to encourage schools to sign up their young people for the opportunity.


For further information, please contact: andy.hooper@uksa.org or visit www.gosail.org.uk



Editors’ Notes

About The 1851 Trust

The 1851 Trust is the official charity of Land Rover BAR, the British America’s Cup team. The Trust works to enable, engage and encourage young people from a wide demographic to:

  • Experience sailing and give them options to continue in the sport.
  • Understand the career choices and wider opportunities in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM).
  • Consider the environment and act sustainably.

The 1851 Trust runs sailing and education programmes to enable, engage and encourage young people to broaden their horizons and grasp new opportunities. The 1851 Trust’s Patrons are HRH The Duchess of Cambridge, herself a keen sailor, and four-times Olympic gold medal winning sailor Sir Ben Ainslie.


For further information, please contact: Enquires@1851trust.org.uk  or t. (01489) 587852


About UKSA

UKSA are a youth charity that uses the power of the sea to transform the lives of thousands of young people each year, from all around the UK. Over 10,000 people are welcomed through their doors every year.

UKSA’s activities fall into two areas:

Sea. Change – UKSA provide life-changing opportunities to schools and groups, disadvantaged and disaffected young people who are not in education, employment or training (NEETs) and young offenders. A common theme for many of these individuals is the low expectation they have of themselves and UKSA challenge them to transform and to create opportunities for themselves.

Sea. Careers – UKSA are the world’s largest provider of marine training ranging from watersports instruction through to training officers working on vessels up to 3,000 gross tonnes. This work supports the delivery of their ‘Sea Change’ activities thanks to the transformational opportunities it offers. UKSA are proud of the large number of students who leave them to start their first jobs in the maritime industry and go onto a lifetime of opportunity.


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