In her role as Patron of the 1851 Trust Her Royal Highness the Duchess of Cambridge will be at the Docklands Sailing and Watersports Centre on Friday 16 June to attend the charity’s last Land Rover BAR Roadshow event.
Using the inspiration of Sir Ben Ainslie’s British America’s Cup Challenge, the 1851 Trust roadshows aim to inspire primary and secondary school pupils to pursue STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) subjects at degree level. The roadshow utilises practical applications encountered by the team as they prepared to compete in the 35th America’s Cup in Bermuda.
The roadshows also provided students with an opportunity to take to the water themselves with sessions carefully designed to enrich each pupil’s school curriculum. Students from four East London schools will join the Duchess of Cambridge at the Docklands Sailing and Watersports Centre for the final roadshow. During the event they will all see real-life examples from within the Land Rover BAR team employed to engage and inspire young people.
During the visit the Duchess will take part in an educational treasure hunt which will see her work with a small group of young people to answer science and technology questions as well as questions about Land Rover BAR and the America’s Cup.
Her Royal Highness will also take part in an oceans plastics activity which highlights the damage caused by single use plastics and promotes sustainability, a cause which has been at the heart of the team and Trust operations.
The Duchess will then be reunited with Sir Ben Ainslie, whom she has undertaken engagements in the past with. In his role as Team Principal and Skipper of Land Rover BAR Sir Ben will talk to Kate and some of the school children about the team’s experiences in the America’s Cup, which is currently underway in Bermuda.
Launched 13 October 2014 by Sir Keith Mills and four-time Olympic gold medallist Sir Ben Ainslie, 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.”
A keen sportswoman and sailor herself, the Duchess of Cambridge has been Royal Patron of the charity from its inception and has 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.”