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The Panerai Challenger Trophy 2019

Nominations for this year’s Panerai Challenger Trophy open on 04 March.

RYA OnBoard sailing clubs and training centres are encouraged to nominate a young sailor they feel has overcome physical, economic or social challenges to achieve a significant milestone in sailing or windsurfing.

The winning club will be eligible to receive the maximum £10,000 grant to purchase new equipment that further supports junior sailors or windsurfers. The successful individual will be eligible to receive the maximum £5,000 grant to continue their development in sailing, windsurfing or more broadly within the marine industry. 

In addition, up to three runner-ups will also be eligible for grants of up to £5,000 (clubs/centres) and £2,500 (sailor) towards achieving their ambitions.

Finalists will also enjoy a day out on beautiful classic yacht Eilean, followed by an awards dinner in London.

Nominations will close on 01 April 2019. For more information visit

DfE recognise the importance of character building activities

Education Secretary, Damian Hinds recently announced his vision to help children build character and resilience. The encouraging announcement highlights the importance of activities like sailing for young people to develop confidence and build character.

The RYA OnBoard programme was relaunched in 2017 with a new focus on the broader learning benefits of sailing and windsurfing. Following a landmark project with Professor Bill Lucas, Professor of Learning at the University of Winchester, the RYA concluded that sailing nurtures six key strengths; creativity, confidence, teamwork, communication, determination, and independence.

Of the recent Department for Education (DfE) announcement, Prof. Lucas commented: “It’s very encouraging to see the Department for Education actively embracing the contribution of informal activities like sailing to building character, along with the importance of creativity.”

Find out more about the broader learning benefits of sailing and windsurfing here. For more information about how to get your club involved with the RYA OnBoard programme visit –


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