Duchess of Cambridge Named Royal Patron of Ben Ainslie's New Sailing Charity
Since a young age, the Duchess of Cambridge has been a sailing enthusiast. She recently became the royal patron of the 1851 Trust, the charity set up in conjunction with Ben Ainslie’s America’s Cup British team campaign.
The new charity hopes to encourage young people under the age of 25 from a range of backgrounds to find work experience and enjoyment out of being exposed to sailing and the British marine industry. Kate was unable to visit Ben Ainslie’s America’s Cup Team headquarters in Portsmouth yesterday due to her pregnancy, but still made a statement confirming her support for the 1851 Trust.
I feel very fortunate to have enjoyed sailing from a young age and I know it is a great way of providing young people with the opportunity to develop skills and confidence.
It is a hugely exciting time for sailing as the British challenger bids to bring the America’s Cup back to Britain.
I am looking forward to being part of this journey and I hope that through The 1851 Trust we can engage and inspire a new generation into sailing along the way.
The 1851 Trust is named after the year of the Great Exhibition, which celebrated the international successes of modern industrial science, technology and design. A schooner named ‘America’ was exhibited by a group of wealthy American businessmen. ‘America’ outperformed the British racing fleet and won what is now referred to as the first America’s Cup. The 1851 Trust is both an homage to this date, but also a reminder of Ben Ainslie’s ambition to win the America’s Cup back with a British team in 2017.
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Article by Jack Bartrop