How youngsters in Portsmouth can try out sailing this summer

1851 Trust patron The Duchess of Cambridge visits the BAR headquarters in Old Portsmouth during last year's America's Cup
1851 Trust patron The Duchess of Cambridge visits the BAR headquarters in Old Portsmouth during last year's America's Cup
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A SAILING project to encourage children across the Solent to experience life on the water has been expanded.

The Go Sail initiative is now offering the chance to learn sailing skills to children aged 14 to 16 years old throughout the school holidays in Portsmouth and Cowes.

It has been set up by the 1851 Trust, the official charity of the Portsmouth-based British America’s Cup team, Land Rover BAR, led by Ben Ainslie and has been funded by Sport England.

Ben Cartledge, the CEO of 1851 Trust said: ’We’re keen to make sailing available to as many eligible young people in the Solent area as we can by putting on additional sessions through the holidays.

‘We know from experience how much sailing has to offer young people, not just learning a new skill but the team working and confidence gained.’

There is a free three-hour taster session and a four-day RYA Start Sailing course for only £30 which gives students the chance to gain their RYA Stage One and Two certificates.

The four-day course runs from 9am to 5pm each day and courses are run at either Portsmouth Watersports Centre or UKSA in Cowes, Isle of Wight by qualified RYA instructors with full supervision throughout.

The 1851 Trust, which was set up in 2014, runs sailing and education programmes to enable, engage and encourage young people to broaden their horizons and take up new opportunities.

It uses the power of sport and inspiration of Land Rover BAR to encourage the next generation of designers, engineers and sailors by engaging young people in STEM activities.

Patrons of the Trust include HRH The Duchess of Cambridge and four time Olympic gold medal winner, Sir Ben Ainslie.

To view dates available and to book a place, please visit: gosail.org.uk/parents