Participation in sport, and especially in competition, has the potential to help young people develop self-confidence and independence. Competitors develop respect for themselves, for others, and also for the equipment they use.
We believe not many sports can match what sailing can contribute to the development of young people. That is why our core mission is about more than just silverware.
“Sport has the power to change the world. It has the power to inspire. It speaks to youth in a language they understand. It has a power to unite people in a way that little else does.”
– Nelson Mandela
The SailCoach philosophy is based on the development of the whole athlete, where success is defined as an individual realising their personal potential and developing life skills that will be of benefit beyond the realms of the boat park.
The preparation and sacrifices required of sailors in order to reach the Olympic Games stand them in good stead to meet nearly any challenges they will face in life. We have coached at six Olympic Games and have seen firsthand what a life-changing experience it is for athletes, seeing their increased self-confidence and maturity that comes out of the Olympic experience.
Support us, to support them
The Foundation helps our talented students to realise their dreams of becoming Olympians. It is inspiring to be part of an environment that fosters outstanding athletic prowess and provides the intensive training necessary to shine at an Olympic Games.
The cost of mounting a successful campaign just to compete at the Olympics has been increasingly steadily over the last 20 years. The bigger countries realized that their programmes had to be more professional and many more sailors are now training and competing full-time. The UK and Australia are perhaps the best example of this.
For sailors from countries without formal pathways, Olympic programmes or good training partners, competing against the bigger nations is getting harder and harder.
We have shown that a sailor from a small country, with little history of participation in the sport and only 46km of coastline, can successfully compete with sailors from the top nations and win Olympic medals – if the right funding and support is available.
With the Foundation, we aim to bridge the funding gap between what talented and promising sailors can afford and what is required. Our growing community of supporters help ensure our athletes can continue their studies unimpeded by financial constraints.
Funds are used to support our sailing athletes in a broad-ranging training programmes, world-class coaching facilities, and most importantly, to provide direct scholarship support to young athletes during their studies.
SailCoach is for sailing athletes a serious place to require the skills needed to do just this. We are seen as a primary destination when it comes to learning from the very best about becoming a Olympic sailor in the 21st century.
Whether you are a sailor who has been inspired by one of our athletes’ stories, or someone who simply wants to help, we hope that you will help us in our fundraising endeavours. The rewards are endless.