The 1851 Trust has partnered with UKSA to deliver Go Sail, a programme that combines sailing opportunities with a visit to the TECH DECK Education Centre at Land Rover BAR. In 2016 & 2017 almost 2,000 young people from across the Solent area took part in the programme, harnessing the excitement of the 35th America’s Cup which took part in Bermuda in 2017 .
With funding from Sport England, the 1851 Trust’s aim was to build on the inspiring story of Sir Ben Ainslie’s Land Rover BAR team competing in the America’s Cup and encourage a new generation of 14-16 year olds into sailing and water sports, giving them the chance to experience a new activity and build character through time spent on the water.
As part of the project, each participating group enjoys a visit to the TECH DECK Education Centre, at the Land Rover BAR team base in Portsmouth.
The Tech Deck offers a unique behind-the-scenes experience with hands-on interactive exhibits, enabling students to get close to the boats, people, and technologies that will allow the Land Rover BAR team to fly faster and sail smarter. The visit also includes a workshop which builds on the schools curriculum, bringing STEM subjects to life.
The Go Sail scheme has, to date, focused on Portsmouth, the home of Land Rover BAR, and its immediate neighbours. The professional sports team’s facilities in Portsmouth have raised awareness and excitement around the sport of sailing. Local young people who might not ordinarily have been aware of the sport will, by now, be conscious of the buzz and thrill of activity in this area, especially after the America’s Cup World Series Events which were hosted in Portsmouth in July 2015 & 2016.
In addition to helping young people with their personal development, encouraging them to try and continue in sailing, the programme also helps signpost the variety of career pathways in the marine industry.
The programme for Go Sail 2018 will be released in early 2018. Please contact your school if you would like to take part. If you are a local school, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to register your interest.