Duchess of Cambridge Announced as Royal Patron of New Youth Sailing and Education Initiative

Today, 13th October 2014, Sir Keith Mills and four-time Olympic gold medallist Sir Ben Ainslie launched the 1851 Trust, which aims to inspire and engage a new generation through sailing and the marine industry, providing young people with the education, skills and training to become innovators of the future and stewards of the marine environment.

The Duchess of Cambridge will be Royal Patron of the new charity.

Her Royal Highness said: “I am delighted to be Royal Patron of 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.”

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