Free sailing sessions for children in wake of America’s Cup World Series

Youngsters are being encouraged to take up free sailing sessions   Picture: Jak Bennett/Andrew Simpson Sailing Foundation
Youngsters are being encouraged to take up free sailing sessions Picture: Jak Bennett/Andrew Simpson Sailing Foundation
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Portsmouth families are being urged to take up free sailing sessions on offer in the wake of the America’s Cup World Series races.

The sessions are being organised for nine-to-14-year-olds by the 1851 Trust and the Andrew Simpson Sailing Foundation, to inspire young people and give them a taste of the sport.

This sort of experience could inspire a young person to be the Sir Ben Ainslie of their generation

Cllr Donna Jones

Portsmouth City Council leader Donna Jones said: ‘This is an amazing opportunity for our young people. In Portsmouth we all live so close to the sea, but not so many of us know what it’s like to get on to the water and experience the thrill of sailing.

‘These sessions will take place immediately after the exciting World Series races, on the same stretches of the Solent.

‘Youngsters will be following in the wake of some of the best sailors in the world, including Sir Ben Ainslie and his Land Rover BAR team, who are based here.

‘This sort of experience could inspire a young person to be the Sir Ben of their generation.’

Portsmouth Sailing Club will host the sessions for disabled and able-bodied young people from July 27 until August 30. To register for the taster sessions go to 
portsmouthsailingproject.org.