British solo sailor Andrew Baker has announced his support of UKSA’s inspirational youth development campaign ‘#SeaChange’ during the 2016 Solitaire Bompard Le Figaro, which sails into Cowes next week.
#SeaChange provides life-changing opportunities to schools and groups, disadvantaged and disaffected young people who are not in education, employment or training (NEETs) and young offenders. A common theme for many of these individuals is the low expectation they have of themselves and #SeaChange challenges them to transform and to create opportunities for themselves.
By naming Baker’s blue and white Figaro #SeaChange ahead of the 1525nm race between Deauville, Cowes, Paimpol and La Rochelle, the sailor hopes to raise awareness of the initiative among sailing fans, the media and public across the United Kingdom. For UKSA, Andrew is the perfect ambassador to inspire support.
UKSA is the official charity of this year’s UK Solitaire stopover in Cowes and will be present in the Race Village between 22nd and 26th June offering try sailing, a sailing simulator, interactive game and fund raising.
Ben Willows, Chief Executive of UKSA, is proud to lend the name to Baker’s Figaro for the race, and looks forward to welcoming the sailor to Cowes.
“It is fantastic that Andrew has re branded his boat #SeaChange,” he said. “We are really proud to be a part of La Solitaire Bompard Le Figaro’s UK stopover and to share our #SeaChange message.”