Thank you for visiting my crowdfunding page.
The aim of this crowdfunding page is to raise the money needed for myself and my sailing team, three under 25 year old's, to compete in the Youth Foiling World Cup 2021 which is being held in Hong Kong in a boat called a Persico 69F (photos are below).
The event is due to take place in February and March 2021, with pre-event training for a few weeks beforehand.
Teams consisting of three or four world class sailors under the age of 25 years old from around the world will enter this event. It is a replacement event for the Youth America's Cup 2020, which was to be held in New Zealand, but due to New Zealand's new immigration rules the event had to be unfortunately cancelled.
Upon hearing this news, the Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club organised a substitute event and have named it the 'Youth Foiling World Cup'. They hope to continue this new event as an annual occurrence and to attract the most talented youth sailors in the world.
This event is at the pinnacle of performance sailing and is forging the future of sailing. It will be a technologically advanced event with results not just based on the first boat to finish the race but factors such as top speed, shortest distance sailed and delta time.
How much funding do we need and where will it be spent?
As a team we are looking to raise £25,000. This will cover our entry fee for the event, charter of the boat, travel to Hong Kong and living costs for 5 weeks in Hong Kong. We also hope to be able to bring a coach with us to Hong Kong if we go above and beyond our target.
Our first payment deadline for this event is 30th October 2020, in which a deposit of $5000 (approx £3855) for the entry fee is due. We hope that this crowdfunding page will fund the deposit.
Why support us?
Our team consists of three highly passionate, talented, and dedicated sailors. Between us, we have been part of the British Keel Boat Academy and the Royal Yachting Association (RYA) Youth Sailing Squad, as well gaining top results throughout our junior and youth racer careers such as Topper World Champion, Topper 3rd Female National Champion and Youth Match Racing National Champion. We all strive to be the best sailors in the world but often fall short due to the expenses required to meet our full potential. The sport of sailing is one of the most expensive sports and to become the best it is essential that you have a strong financial backing.
This could be a once in a lifetime opportunity to not only compete at a high level and further our sailing careers but also experience a different part of the world with a very different culture.
Thank you for your time and interest in our cause. We welcome you to share this crowdfunding page with friends, family and colleagues and also via social media. I shall be posting regular updates with our progress too.
Studio Borlenghi. (2020). PERISCO 69F. Retrieved from: https://www.sail-world.com/news/230241/Persico-69F-Cup-on-Lake-Garda-day-2