World Sailing launch youth sustainability education materials for sailing clubs

World Sailing, in partnership with the World Sailing Trust and 11th Hour Racing, have released a Sustainability Education Programme for sailing clubs and parents as part of its Agenda 2030 – sailing’s commitment to global sustainability.

Launched on Earth Day, 22 April 2020, the Sustainability Education Programme resources are free to use and are broken down into six topics which will be released over the next six weeks.

Initially released in English, further versions will be available in the coming weeks in Arabic, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Latvian, Mandarin, Portuguese, Spanish and Vietnamese.

Click here to access English Sustainability Education Programme materials. When launched, other languages will be hosted by various Member National Authorities.

To expand the reach of the education programme, World Sailing will work with its Member National Authorities, Class Associations, and Special Events, to cobrand the materials and launch directly to their membership.

The educational materials are split into six topics each comprising of a booklet, trainer’s guide and worksheet for age groups 6-8, 8-10, and 10-12.

The topics are:

  1. Race with World Sailing, learn about different kinds of events and boats
  2. Resources & Climate Change
  3. Navigating Wildlife & Biodiversity
  4. Reducing Waste
  5. Oil & Fuel
  6. Boat Cleaning & Maintenance

The Sustainability Education Programme materials were developed with The Ocean Race, capitalising on the success of their own programme in the 2017-2018 edition of the race.

The materials will ensure the next generation of sailors learn about wider environmental issues that can affect the sport as well as those which the sport can contribute to. The theme throughout is combining key sailing terminology with environmental issues whilst learning about some of the exciting events and boats in the sport that can inspire the next generation of sailors.

Dan Reading, Head of Sustainability at World Sailing, commented, “With many sailors unable to take to the water due to the COVID-19 pandemic, providing the future generation of participants with these resources will enable them to gain a deeper understanding around topics close to many sailors hearts.

“Those homeschooling can benefit from tailored, fun, and interactive lessons and I am thrilled we could make this accessible to as many people as possible and would like to thank 11th Hour Racing for their support.”

The International Optimist Dinghy Association (IODA) have already adopted and tested the educational resources. Fiona Kidd, Secretary General, IODA commented, “The Sustainability Education Programme is directly targeted at the age group of kids sailing the Optimist Dinghy. As the largest youth sailing class in the world, thousands of young Opti sailors around the globe will learn and benefit from this programme. We look forward to introducing it to our 110 Members and their sailors, who are the future guardians of our oceans and environment.”

MNAs and Class Associations interested in using the materials should contact sustainability@sailing.org.

Header image: The Ocean Race Education Programme. Photo credit: Jesus Renedo/Volvo AB

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