The Classic Young Sailors Foundation exists to provide sailing experiences, financial support and encouragement for young people who would not otherwise have the opportunity or funds needed to go to sea in classic and traditional boats. The Foundation helps make these opportunities available to all young people and particularly those from disadvantaged backgrounds.

We are keen to encourage young people from all backgrounds to sail in our boats and take part in seagoing voyages and 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.

The Foundation also aims to introduce the special appeal of sailing in classic and traditional boats to young people so that an understanding and appreciation of their traditional qualities and heritage is kindled and carried forward to the next generation.

The Foundation’s support is initially in the form of bursaries to subsidise the cost of individuals sailing in accredited 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. In the future it is hoped the Foundation will be able to place young people directly on private yachts competing in events, and possibly run its own sail-training yacht in regattas by chartering or the loan of a suitable vessel. The Classic Young Sailors Foundation is funded by donations and by the modest surplus the organisers of the Classic Channel Regatta aim to make (to avoid making a loss) on each regatta – which is run on a not-for-profit basis.

The Foundation’s Project for 2022

The Foundation’s main project for 2021 is to financially support a crew of nine young people on a nine night voyage in the Island Trust’s replica Bristol Channel Pilot Cutter ‘Pegasus’ in the 2022 Classic Channel Regatta. They will be on board for nine nights in early July, initially sailing from Plymouth to Dartmouth for two days of racing there, before racing across the English Channel to Paimpol where there will be a final race around the Île de Bréhat before sailing back to Plymouth. This will be wonderfully beneficial sea-going experience which is rarely available at so little cost (or no cost in deserving cases) to the trainees.

The Island Trust is an accredited sail-training organisation affiliated to the Association of Sail Training Organisations and the Royal Yachting Association. The Foundation has had a highly successful collaboration with The Island Trust in running voyages on Pegasus in 2019 and 2021.

What Next?

The Foundation’s Mission statement is:

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.