The World League’s eight national teams partner with local clubs to support youth sailing programs in and around Sydney, Australia
Sydney, AUSTRALIA – November 25, 2021 – SailGP Inspire’s Adopt-a-Club community outreach program makes its Sydney debut at the Australian Sailing Grand Prix presented by KPMG, which runs from December 17-18. Initiating partnerships through local sailing clubs and organizations, the program is designed to expand opportunities in sport for diversity and inclusion as part of the race for the future of the World League – towards a better sport and a better planet.
In each SailGP host city, the eight national SailGP teams – comprising the best athletic athletes – maintain relationships within the respective communities. Recognizing that sailing organizations and clubs are the entry point for many young people into a world of water sports, the aim of the program is to have a positive influence on their future by inspiring the next generation, by providing information about the industry and opening their eyes. to potential career paths in the marine industry.
Australian SailGP Team Pilot Tom Slingsby said: “SailGP’s Adopt-a-Club program has been a brilliant initiative for Season 2, facilitating direct contact between SailGP teams and an engaged local audience every time. event. As we now head to our home event in Sydney, we look forward to meeting the local sailors from the Woollahra Sailing Club, using the power of sport for good and inspiring the F50 athletes of the future.
The Woollahra Sailing Club – newly mated to the Australia SailGP team – plays a vital role in introducing children to sailing in a fun, safe and accessible way. By providing access to programs on the water, young people are able to develop their self-esteem and confidence through sailing activities, an experience that could not otherwise be achieved in their daily lives.
Woollahra Sailing Club Commodore Jay Harrison said: “Club members and volunteers are extremely excited to partner with the Australian team for the SailGP Adopt-a-Club program in Sydney. We want to maximize the interaction, impact and spectacle of this Sydney global youth sailing event. We hope that many young people, who do not normally engage in activities on the water, will be inspired to try and discover the joys of a sport that we are all passionate about.
Matches for the Adopt-a-Club program at the Sydney Sail Grand Prix presented by KPMG include:
Woollahra Sailing Club with Australia SailGP Team, Connells Point Sailing Club with Denmark SailGP Team presented by ROCKWOOL, Hornsby Ku-ring-gai Sailing Club with Spain SailGP Team, Vaucluse Amateurs 12ft Sailing Club with France SailGP Team, Concord & Ryde Sailing Club with Great Great Britain SailGP Team, Lane Cove 12ft Sailing Skiff Club with Japan SailGP Team, Hunters Hill Sailing Club with New Zealand SailGP Team and Port Hacking Open Sailing Club with United States SailGP Team.
Each SailGP Season 2 event featured new partnerships that all eight national teams can build on. The Adopt-a-Club program in Sydney enjoys strong relationships with supporters such as the governing body of the sport of sailing in Australia, Australian Sailing.
Playing a vital role in developing the skills of young sailors, SailGP has partnered with Australian Sailing in Season 2 to help establish a base upon which young people enrolled in sailing clubs or sailing centers can develop. .
Australian Sailing Manager for NSW & ACT Emma Humphries said: “Eight of our local clubs have been selected to be matched with a SailGP team as part of the league’s Adopt-a-Club program. The clubs will act as the home club for each team during their time in Australia, supporting them on and off the water, hosting country-themed events and cheering on teams from the sidelines.
“This partnership means as much to SailGP athletes as it does to local clubs, as friendships will be formed and information shared. Two young sailors from each club will live the experience of a lifetime at RS Fevas SailGP racecourse generously loaned by local clubs. SailGP has offered to refurbish these boats, which will leave a lasting legacy for these clubs. Australian Sailing is very happy to facilitate this program for the benefit of our local clubs.
SailGP’s high-flying F50 foiling catamarans head to Sydney Harbor for the Australian Sailing Grand Prix presented by KPMG on December 17-18. Tickets for the Fan Experiences are on sale and are selling fast. To find out more and secure your tickets before they are sold out, visit SailGP.com/Sydney.