Dee Caffari, Chair of the World Sailing Trust, invited the sailing community to share in the Trust’s commitment to safeguard the oceans and the future of the sport at World Sailing’s 2018 Annual Conference in Sarasota, Florida, USA.
World Sailing’s Annual Conference is the yearly meeting of sailing’s influencers and key stakeholders. The delegates spark the conversation, review the strategy of the sport and make decisions that impact both professional and recreational sailors around the world.
More than 580 delegates, ranging from event organisers, international class associations, member nations, sailors and committee members were present in Sarasota. Caffari addressed delegates during a lunch break on 31 October 2018.
Caffari invited not only the delegates in attendance, but the whole sailing community, to share in the Trust’s commitment to protect the waters we sail on, support sailors with fewer opportunities to reach their potential and to make sailing available to all.
The World Sailing Trust is a global charity and Caffari and Head of Fundraising, Hannah Goldie, met international influencers during the session, welcoming conversations, ideas and suggestions to enhance the Trust’s impact worldwide.
Caffari presented the Trust’s three funds – – Marine Health, Access and Youth Pathway – and the key areas of work which all aim to support a sustainable and successful worldwide sailing community.
Following the Trust’s launch in July, the focus has been on the Marine Health fund which has three specific goals:
- To improve the health of our planet’s waters
- To promote the creation and use of more sustainable products and activities
- To seek, promote and mobilise low carbon technologies and behaviours
The Trust has been exploring projects within the Marine Health Fund, tackling varied issues from single-use plastics at events and competitions to sustainability education programming. Further announcements on projects will be made in due course.
The Access and Youth Pathway funds will launch in 2019.
For further information on the World Sailing Trust and funding opportunities please contact Hannah Goldie, Head of Fundraising, Hannah.Goldie@worldsailingtrust.org.