5 years ago the Scaramouche Sailing project was born. Greig City Academy- an inner London multi-ethnic school raised the funding to buy, restore and race a 1980s Admirals Cup yacht Scaramouche in the Rolex Fastnet Race which we successfully completed in 2017 and 2019.
Two of the sailors, Jaydon and Kai are 14 years old were the youngest in the last Fastnet and are keen to improve. Their long term ambitions lie in dinghy racing and have shown a lot of promise so far. They bought and restored a 420 which they aim to race competitively during 2020. They have set their sights on the long term and hope to demonstrate that sailing can be a sport which is exciting and accessible for people from all backgrounds.
Their aim is to raise the funding to buy a 29er, train and race it and be competitive in races. This would provide the right pathway from their grounding in 420s.
This is a different aspect of the Scaramouche project which is not budgeted for and without help cannot go ahead. We aim to use the right expertise of former GBR Squad members to mentor and coach the boys.
As anyone who has sailed competitively will know- the costs of transport and accommodation to race weekends for dinghy racing can easily exceed the cost of the boat. Undeterred they are training hard.
Around the 14th April Jaydon and Kai will show their commitment to the sport by sailing their 420 for a full lap of the Isle of Wight- anti-clockwise from Cowes. They can only sail during daylight hours so it could take them anything up to 16 hours to complete......
Any money they raise will go into paying for their 29er and the costs of preparing themselves for the races ahead. We believe that its important to show, in sailing, that with effort and commitment we can show a route into the sport which will inspire other youngsters into sailing how might otherwise not have thought it possible.