1851 Trust: Inspiring young people through sailing

by Rebecca Saunders in Portsmouth, England, United Kingdom

We did it
On 22nd August 2018 we successfully raised £887 with 17 supporters in 14 days

In 2019, the 1851 Trust wants to use sailing as a way of inspiring over 150,000 young people to think differently about their futures.

by Rebecca Saunders in Portsmouth, England, United Kingdom

Official Charity of Cowes Week 2018

The 1851 Trust is honoured to be the Official Charity for Cowes Week 2018, which is fantastic recognition of what we’ve achieved in the first two years of delivering activity; with our sailing inspired programmes reaching over 90,000 young people in the last academic year.

As a key sponsor of Cowes Week 2018, aql have supported this crowdfunding campaign and Professor Adam Beaumont will launch it at the aql Cowes Week party on Wednesday 8th August.

About the 1851 Trust

We were established by our Patron, Sir Ben Ainslie, as a legacy for the British America’s Cup team as a way for them to use their journey to the cup to inspire young people.

As an elite sports team, the equipment they use and the boats they build are at the cutting edge of today’s technology. This provides an amazing opportunity to bring to life STEM subjects in a way that learning in a classroom simply cannot do. By using real-life examples of exciting sport and the people involved in the team, we have found a model that engages young people in context-based learning which opens the door for them to explore STEM careers that they may not have considered before.

We offer the chance for young people to try sailing because it is traditionally a sport where cost is a barrier to access. We are removing those barriers and offering the opportunity for young people to experience sailing at no or low cost.  Sailing is also a very good way of demonstrating, practically, many of the science and engineering theories that the young people explore in our workshops and on our STEM Crew platform.

All of our programmes are free of charge for young people, schools and teachers. It is really important that we keep our offer accessible to all, regardless of economic background.

Our core programmes are:

Tech Deck visits at our base in Portsmouth - a behind-the-scenes look at the America's Cup combined with a hands on workshop that brings alive science and engineering – this costs the Trust £500 for a class of 30, £15 per child.


Go Sail combines a Tech Deck session with sailing taster day, followed by RYA Level 2 dinghy course for those young people who want to take a 5 day follow on course (free to young person) - this costs the Trust £65 per young person including the follow on course.


Roadshows (national) provide a day of engaging STEM activities for young people including a sailing session; which, for many of our young people, is the first time they will have experienced being in a dinghy  - £6,500 per day, approx. 120 children reached per day.


STEM Crew digital platform gives teachers the opportunity to use our resources in their own classrooms combining syllabus linked lesson plans with videos, worksheets and experiments that can bring the excitement of America's Cup sailing and the everyday application of technology, to life. It currently benefits from overall sponsorship form BT and individual modules sponsored by other organisation, such as The IET.


In the 2017/18 academic year, the 1851 Trust reached 90,000 young people across the UK and doubled the number of secondary teachers using our resources to over 1300 registered throughout schools.  

We are changing perceptions, challenging young people to aim higher and think differently about their future.

"The trip opened my eyes and I realised how amazing the world of engineering really is."

Our Future Plans

We want to raise £10,000 during Lendy Cowes Week 2018 to enable us to reach more young people in 2019. £10,000 could help us to provide;

- 600 young people with a school trip to the Tech Deck in Portsmouth

- 300 young people with an exciting day of workshops and sailing at on our national Roadshows 

- 280 young people with their first America's Cup sailing experience, investing in not only their physical health but also their confidence, team work and communication skills.


This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£100 or more

Sponsor a young person to Go Sail!

Sponsor a young person to try sailing for the first time, they will visit our tech deck and grow their confidence through a RYA Dinghy Level 2 course.

£500 or more

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Nominate a school for a Tech Deck visit

We will host a school of your choice on our Tech Deck for a behind-the-scenes look at the British America's Cup team combined with an exciting hands-on workshop.

£1,000 or more

Inspire a class with Go Sail

A class of young people will get to experience the excitement of America's Cup sailing with a day at the INEOS Team UK base in Portsmouth, combining an engaging hands-on workshop with their first taste of dinghy sailing in the Solent.

£10,000 or more

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Bring a Roadshow to your home town

We will host a Roadshow for up to 150 children from local schools, in your home town. A roadshow combines sailing and exciting workshops to bring the America's Cup to life and inspire young people to think differently about science, technology and engineering.

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