FROM THE WEBSITE: The 1851 Trust 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 1851 Trust is the Official Charity of Land Rover BAR, the British America’s Cup team. The 1851 Trust is named after the year of the Great Exhibition when the America’s Cup race was first held around the Isle of Wight; beginning the challenge that Land Rover BAR has now embraced – to bring the Cup home.
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge became Patron in October 2014.
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. – The Duchess of Cambridge
June 10, 2014 – The Duchess Of Cambridge Visits The National Maritime Museum – Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge attends the Ben Ainslie Racing America’s Cup Launch Event at the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich in London, England. Catherine enjoyed breakfast and met with supporters, crew and boat designers and also viewed the America’s Cup class boat at the museum.
February 12, 2015 – The Duchess Of Cambridge Visits Portsmouth – The Duchess of Cambridge visited Ben Ainslie Racing (BAR) headquarters in Portsmouth Old Town, England. During the visit, she met with BAR’s Design Team, who explained the innovative technology behind the America’s Cup racing. The visit also included a stop at the construction site of the new headquarters and BAR Visitor Centre, where the Duchess participated in an art project coordinated by Southsea arts company Strong Island. The final stop was at the Spinnaker Tower in Gunwharf Quays, where the Duchess was briefed on the construction of the headquarters, the BAR Visitor Centre, and shown the racecourse for the America’s Cup World Series event in July. The Duchess also met with local students and apprentices from City College, Southampton, who are building two ‘Docking Ribs’ in a combined project with BAR.
July 26, 2015 – The Duke And Duchess Of Cambridge Attend The America’s Cup World Series – Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, accompanied by Prince William, Duke of Cambridge attended the America’s Cup World Series in Portsmouth, England. The pair met with skippers and their crews and enjoyed a tours team areas at Portsmouth Naval Base. The Duchess also tried her hand at the sailing simulation before presenting awards to the Land Rover BAR Team.
May 20, 2016 – The Duchess Of Cambridge Visits Land Rover BAR And The 1851 Trust – The Tech Deck Education Centre was officially opened by Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, during her visit to Portsmouth, England. The 1851 Trust has partnered with two of the UK’s leading sailing charities, the Andrew Simpson Sailing Foundation and UKSA, to provide 3,000 young people in the Portsmouth and Solent area with the chance to experience sailing and its benefits. The sailing program uniquely engages young people in the STEM curriculum in a unique and relevant environment through STEMcrew activities. The Portsmouth Sailing Project, co-funded by Travis Perkins, will enable 1,000 young people aged 9-13 from youth groups and organizations in the Portsmouth area to experience sailing. The Go Sail project, funded by Sport England, will give 2,000 14-16-year-olds from Solent schools their first taste of sailing. The Trust is also developing a digital educational resource for students and teachers called “STEMcrew” that brings STEM subjects to life through a series of curriculum-linked challenges and activities, using Land Rover BAR and America’s Cup Challenge as a mechanism for engagement.
July 24, 2016 – Duke And Duchess Of Cambridge At America’s Cup World Series – The Duchess of Cambridge, Patron of the 1851 Trust, and The Duke of Cambridge met with young people benefiting from the 1851 Trust initiatives. Two hundred young people from the local area had the opportunity to learn more about the America’s Cup environment and the technology behind sailing. The young people participated in educational activities focused on teamwork, sustainability, and ocean health. They also participated in a Single Plastic Use hunt and ‘gutter boat’ racing and used interactive equipment to understand better the technologies behind sailing.
After the event, Their Royal Highnesses visited the Land Rover BAR team base to see their state-of-the-art testing boats. They met with members of staff who are driving the advanced design and technology forward to help the team achieve their goal of bringing the Cup home. Later, they watched the USA, France, New Zealand, Japan, Sweden, and the British Challenger teams compete in three races on the Solent. Thousands of fans watched the races from the Race Village on the Southsea seafront. Their Royal Highnesses presented the event winners with their trophies.
June 16, 2017 – Attending The 1851 Trust Roadshow – The Duchess of Cambridge visited the 1851 Trust roadshow held at Docklands Sailing and Watersports Centre in London, United Kingdom. The event was organized by the 1851 Trust, which is the official charity of Land Rover BAR, and has been using the excitement of the America’s Cup to encourage young people to engage in STEM subjects and sustainability. Over 500 young people attended the school day of the Roadshows, with 700 young people participating over the weekends with their families. During the visit, the Duchess had the opportunity to witness some of the activities conducted by the 1851 Trust. Also, she spoke to Sir Ben Ainslie via video link to Bermuda, who also interacted with the pupils and answered their questions about the campaign and career opportunities within Land Rover BAR. The pupils were encouraged to appreciate the importance of STEM subjects, vital to the team and race boat development. The event also included canoeing, kayaking, stand-up paddle-boarding, and other activities to give the young people a taste of Bermudan island life, where the 35th America’s Cup is held. Teachers can access additional learning resources on BT STEM Crew to build on pupils’ enthusiasm during the America’s Cup in Bermuda.
July 31, 2022 – Visiting The 1851 Trust And Great Britain SailGP Team – The Duchess of Cambridge visited Plymouth to meet with young people participating in the Trust’s activities to promote sustainability and get a taste of the incredible speed and skill involved in the SailGP – the global racing championship in Plymouth that weekend. During her visit to Plymouth, she spent time with young people passionate about making a difference and learning about seagrass, an essential tool to counter climate change. Furthermore, the children helped make seagrass mats that can be planted off Plymouth Sound to improve marine health and contribute to blue carbon capture. Her Royal Highness also joined the British SailGP team aboard their F50 foiling catamaran and participated in a friendly race against their New Zealand rivals, with Sir Ben Ainslie at the helm.