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Sunsail helps fund the future of sailing with exclusive new competition for clubs

Published on: 17 November 2016

Are you a member of a sailing club? If so, British Marine member, Sunsail, has announced the launch of its Funding the Future for Sailing Clubs campaign, an opportunity for sailing and yacht clubs across the UK to win £5,000 to invest in their sailors.

Entrants have to submit an innovative business plan detailing what they would do with the funding, whether that be improving club facilities, investing in equipment, developing inventive ideas to drive membership numbers within the local area or launching their own youth academy to find the next Olympic medallist.

The club with the best idea will win the £5,000 cash injection to make their plans a reality. They will also have the opportunity to meet record-breaking British sailor, Dee Caffari MBE, who will come to their club for a Q&A and celebration evening. In addition, they will earn a place on Sunsail’s stand at the London Boat Show 2017, to help promote their club to sailors from across the country.

Judging the entries will be Sunsail ambassadors, Dee Caffari MBE and Helena Lucas MBE, as well as seasoned sailor Mark Jardine, Editor of Yachts & Yachting Online, and Sunsail’s Event’s Director, Simon Boulding.

Speaking about the competition, Dee Caffari MBE, said: “I was never part of a sailing club growing up, but now I’m in a position where I’m in more of an influential role and I see it as my responsibility to let the general public know that sailing clubs welcome new people to give them that experience on the water and hopefully get them excited about the sport of sailing.”

Helena Lucas MBE, also commented: “I was part of the Crawley Mariners sailing club growing up and the members were so friendly and supportive of us youngsters learning how to sail and getting into racing. It’s important to be part of a club to help you get on the ladder, and if you’re serious about what you want to do then they have the contacts you need.”

Simon Boulding, Events Director at Sunsail, added: “Sailing clubs around the country, run by dedicated volunteers, are the heart and soul of sailing, and Sunsail is proud to be able to give something back to the grassroots of our sport. Without these coastal and inshore clubs, thousands of sailors would lack access to the facilities they need to get on the water and nurture their love of our wonderful sport. Sunsail is run for sailors, by sailors, and we want to help clubs nationwide continue this vital work. We can’t wait to see their ideas!”

Clubs have until Thursday 8 December 2016 to submit their entries and the winner will be announced on the Sunsail stand at the London Boat Show on Friday 6 January 2017.

For more details on entering the competition, and to view the terms and conditions, please visit or email