Please select your home edition
Edition
RS Sailing 2019 - Leaderboard

SailGP Inspire announces community outreach programs at Marseille SailGP

by SailGP News 14 Sep 08:55 BST
Billy Besson working witht he SailGP Inspire programme © SailGP

Following a successful launch in Cowes last month, SailGP Inspire - the global championship's youth and community outreach arm - is working with local community groups to create impactful programming at the Marseille SailGP Season 1 Grand Final, which will take place September 20-22.

Comprising of three pathways - Learning, Careers and Racing - SailGP Inspire strives to revolutionize the way sailing can be used as a force for good. In conjunction with community partner La Ligue SUD de Voile, the program will offer local students and sailors at the final SailGP event of Season 1 a once in a lifetime opportunity to sail and learn beside local sailing idols Billy Besson and Marie Riou of the France SailGP Team.

"Marie and I have been lucky to be encouraged and supported by local organizations such as La Ligue SUD de Voile when we were younger," said Besson. "Now it's our turn to share our passion with the next generation through the SailGP Inspire program. I look forward to getting young sailors on the water in Marseille and also helping to stimulate career interests within the sailing industry."

La Ligue SUD de Voile is a branch of the French Sailing Federation (FF Voile) and is committed to sports organization development while facilitating young people's access to the sport of sailing. Besson and Riou are shining examples of the talent that has graduated through La Ligue.

Through Inspire Racing and the partnership with La Ligue, young sailors will get the unique opportunity to race RS Catamarans in front of a packed grandstand on the same racecourse as the supercharged F50s. A total of 18 local sailors from eight clubs have been selected to participate in the weekend's activities, with a 50-50 split of boys and girls from each club. The local clubs represented include Club de Voile Roquebrune Cap Martin, Yacht Club de Cannes, Club La Pelle, Societe des Regates d'Antibes, Fos Sur Mer, ASPTT Marseille, Yacht Club de la Pointe Rouge and CN Nice. The aspiring young sailors will not only have the opportunity to showcase their talent during SailGP's final event of the season, but also meet and rub shoulders with some of the world's best sailors.

"We are delighted to partner with SailGP, and to have a major and internationally renowned sailing event happening in Marseille contributing to the expansion of our sport," said La Ligue SUD de Voile President Claude Le Bacquer. "Some of our best junior sailors, supervised by our coaches, will have the amazing opportunity to participate in the exhibition racing ahead of the F50 races and enjoy the main show."

SailGP Inspire Learning is focused on broadening participation in the sport of sailing. At Marseille SailGP, a group of local students from three organizations - Association AC2N, Association Notre Dame Football Club and Contact Club Association - will be introduced to the sport of sailing for the first time through a variety of STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and math) experiential activities in the SailGP Fan Zone. Once students have tested their skills on land, they will have the opportunity to go afloat and put their newly learned sailing knowledge to the test on the program's 14-foot RS Catamarans.

Finally, through Inspire Careers, a group of local students from Amos Business School will gain essential work experience at the event and see first-hand the wide range of career opportunities within SailGP. Students will be fully immersed across the organization and will experience roles ranging from hospitality, media operations, and event management, to boat building and engineering.

"It's integral that SailGP as an organization uses its reach to build a transparent and aspirational platform for all," said SailGP Youth Program Manager Tom Herbert-Evans. "What we saw in Cowes was just the tip of the iceberg, and we look forward to working with our local partners and building upon our positive impact during Marseille SailGP."

For more details on SailGP Inspire or to express interest in the program visit sailgp.com/general/inspire.

Related Articles

Global audience of 1.8 billion in SailGP Season 1
More than 133,000 spectators witnessed the world's fastest sail racing As SailGP celebrates its first anniversary, the overall impact of the new global championship has been revealed, highlighted by a total global event audience of 1.8 billion across broadcast, social, press and in-venue audiences. Posted on 10 Oct
GBR team in Marseille SailGP overall
Brits take fourth place in their first SailGP Championship season It was all on for today. The final two fleet races to decide the third place podium following by the climax to the season-long rivalry between Australia and Japan for the $1m prizemoney and the title of SailGP Season 1 Champion. Posted on 22 Sep
Marseille SailGP overall
Tom Slingsby wins historic first SailGP Championship for Australia Tom Slingsby today made history, helming the Australia SailGP Team to victory over Nathan Outteridge's Japan SailGP Team in the SailGP Season 1 Championship Final Race. Posted on 22 Sep
Marseille SailGP day 2
China's first race win of SailGP Season 1 Phil Robertson and the China SailGP Team triumphed with a first-ever race win on the penultimate day of the Marseille SailGP Season 1 Grand Final. Posted on 21 Sep
GBR team in Marseille SailGP day 2
Disappointing results for British team but all on for final day An interesting day on the water where everyone was expecting super strong winds that never materialized. In fact the conditions were variable all afternoon seeing some decent gusts and then massive holes of no wind, testing conditions for all six teams. Posted on 21 Sep
Marseille SailGP day 1
Nathan Outteridge and Tom Slingsby one step closer Tensions heightened in front of the fan-lined Seawall as Tom Slingsby and Nathan Outteridge went head to head on the Rade Nord racecourse at the Marseille SailGP Season 1 Grand Final. Posted on 20 Sep
GBR team in Marseille SailGP day 1
Solid performance, posting a third, second and third The Great Britain SailGP team delivered a solid day of racing today posting a 3rd, 2nd and 3rd with some smart, fast and consistent racing across the three fleet races to move back up into third place overall. Posted on 20 Sep
Marseille set for spectacular showdown
Less than 24 hours until battle commences for SailGP trophy and US$1 million The city of Marseille got a glimpse of the world's fastest sail racing boats today when the six high performance F50s took to the racecourse for the first time in practice. Posted on 19 Sep
Great Britain SailGP practice race in Marseille
Seemed to foil quicker and higher than many of their competitors The training days here in Marseille have mostly been light and shifty and our British guys have seen everything from one knot to 12 knots over the last three days on the water which seemed to pay off for today's four practice races. Posted on 19 Sep
SailGP enters esports arena
In partnership with Virtual Regatta and World Sailing SailGP in partnership with Virtual Regatta and World Sailing, the world governing body of the sport - today entered the esports arena with the launch of eSailGP. Posted on 18 Sep