A first analysis of questions relating to demographic representation shows that women were 13% more likely to feel that age was an issue, while 69% of men felt that ethnicity was under represented as compared to 29% of wo men. Unsurprisingly, 89% of women felt that gender was an issue, compared to just 9% of men.

This data coupled with the results of the 2019 Strategic Review into Women in Sailing present some very real issues and a strong requirement to create and develop pathways for greater equity and inclusion from grass roots through to the sport’s most elite events. Launched almost two years after the Trust’s global survey on women in the sport, the Participation Study will serve as a benchmarking survey to assess sailing across all its disciplines, on a global scale.