Sailing Sport

ISLE OF WIGHT’S THE OFFSHORE ACADEMY RECOGNISED IN NATIONAL CAMPAIGN

The Offshore Academy in Cowes has been recognised by the Government’s GREAT Britain campaign for its expertise in providing pathways into professional sailing.

The Offshore Academy is Britain’ only centre of excellence for single and shorthanded yacht racing preparing the country’ aspiring sailors for the mental and physical extremes of solo ocean racing.

Joining the campaign under the ‘Sport is GREAT’ message The Offshore Academy will sit alongside other British sporting Greats such as; Wimbledon, The Premier League, Lewis Hamilton and Wembley Stadium.

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The Academy has helped promote and launch the careers of numerous sailors including Jack Bouttell, Henry Bomby, Sam Goodchild and Richard Mason. Whilst the focus of the Academy is in short handed offshore sailing, the skills learnt are applicable to any professional sailing team.

Henry Bomby of Academy Alumni has said:

“I’ve been lucky to have worked with The Offshore Academy, it was my ‘university’  my ‘apprenticeship’, I’ve gone on to break ocean records, and compete in the iconic Volvo Ocean Race, without the Academy’s support it would have been a struggle.

“It’s great to see them as part of the GREAT campaign, the Academy has made a big difference for a large group of sailors who now sail with and against each other at the highest levels”.

With the recent inclusion of a mixed crew, double handed offshore event in the Paris 2024 Olympic Games, the experience and knowledge of The Offshore Academy is well placed to keep Britain at the forefront of offshore sailing and supporting a potential Olympic medal winner.

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