The Duchess of Cambridge will visit Land Rover BAR on 20 May, 2016 to see the 1851 Trust inspire the next generation in sailing and science for young people in sport, education and technology, Kensington palace has announced.
The Duchess of Cambridge will launch the 1851 Trust’s two flagship sailing projects for 2016, officially opening the new ‘Tech Deck’ Education Centre at the heart of the base. This base will showcase the sport’s innovation, technology and sustainability for schools and community groups, and then join some year seven students from a local school who are taking part in a digital workshop.
Two years back when it was launched in October 2014, Her Royal Highness said she was delighted and honored to be the Royal patron:
“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”, she said
So why the 1851 Trust many would ask? 1851 was the year of the Great Exhibition, a celebration of modern industrial science, technology and design and championed by Prince Albert. It was an opportunity for countries to showcase the best of their achievements. A syndicate of businessmen from the United States brought a schooner called ‘America’ to demonstrate their shipbuilding skills. ‘America’ outclassed the British racing fleet of 1851, winning the first America’s Cup and beginning the challenge that Land Rover BAR have now embraced – to bring the Cup home
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.