Classic Young Sailors Foundation


Mission statement:

To provide opportunities for young people, primarily aged 16-25, and in particular those who would not otherwise have the opportunity, to benefit from the seagoing experience of sailing in classic and traditional yachts.

Also to encourage and develop in the next generation a love of sailing and an appreciation of the special qualities and heritage of classic and traditional yachts.

We are keen to encourage young people from all backgrounds to sail in our boats and take part in the Classic Channel Regatta and other classic regattas. The personal development benefits of going to sea under sail are well known, and we believe sailing in classic boats provides a particularly good experience.

We are also keen to introduce the special appeal of classic and traditional boats to young people so that an understanding and appreciation of their traditional qualities is kindled and carried forward to the next generation.

To help make these opportunities available to all young people, regardless of their background and financial resources, we have recently set up the Classic Young Sailors Foundation to provide financial support for those young people who would not otherwise have the opportunities or funds needed to experience going to sea in a classic or traditional boat.

The support will initially be provided in the form of bursaries to subsidise the cost of individuals sailing in appropriate sail-training yachts. These may be granted either directly to the individual or to a sail-training organisation where the organisation is bringing a yacht fully crewed by young trainees to a regatta. The bursaries subsidise the charges due to the sail-training organisation and also, where appropriate, the costs of regatta crew suppers ashore and homeward travel.

In the future it is hoped that the Foundation may be able to run its own sail-training yacht in a regatta (by chartering or the loan of a vessel) and possibly place young people on competing yachts.

The Foundation supports young people in the age range of 16 to 25. If you are a young person in this age range and would like to apply for financial support to take part in the next Classic Channel Regatta (2019) on a sail-training yacht, an application form will be available here soon.

If you are a Sail Training organisation bringing a vessel to the Classic Channel Regatta wishing to apply for funding, an application form will be available here soon.

The Classic Young Sailors Foundation is funded by donations and by the modest surplus we aim to make (to avoid making a loss) on each Classic Channel Regatta, which is run on a not-for-profit basis.

We would be delighted if you would like to make a donation to the Foundation.

You can make a donation to the Classic Young Sailors Foundation using the card payment box below

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or by sending a cheque to: The Classic Young Sailors Foundation, Blindwell, Staverton, Totnes, TQ9 6PA.

As a registered charity, the Foundation can claim back the standard rate of tax on all donations from UK taxpayers. You can download our Giftaid form here – please include it with your cheque.

The Trustees of the Charity are:

Peter Costalas

Steve Lacey

Ben Morris

Bruce Thorogood

Gary Walker