The Ocean Race is the template for Sustainability Education Programme

The Ocean Race is the template for Sustainability Education Programme

The Ocean Race is the template for Sustainability Education Programme


24/04/2020 - 12:16

The award-winning education programme developed by The Ocean Race is the template for the Sustainability Education Programme released today by World Sailing, in partnership with the World Sailing Trust and 11th Hour Racing.

Launched on Earth Day, the Sustainability Education Programme resources are free to use and have been broken into six topics, which will be released over the next six weeks.

“We’re thrilled to see the work we put in to developing these educational materials find a larger home through World Sailing, the World Sailing Trust and 11th Hour Racing,” said Lucy Hunt, the Learning Programme Advisor for The Ocean Race.

“The core modules comprise a strong overview of our sport and relevant sustainability issues with an emphasis on how young sailors can take action and make an impact.”

Initially released in English, further versions will be available in the coming weeks in Arabic, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Latvian, Mandarin, Portuguese, Spanish and Vietnamese.

Click here to access English Sustainability Education Programme materials

When launched, other languages will be hosted by various Member National Authorities.

To expand the reach of the education programme, World Sailing will work with its Member National Authorities, Class Associations and Special Events, to co-brand the materials and launch directly to their membership.

The Sustainability Education Programme has evolved from materials developed by The Ocean Race as part of its successful learning programme for the 2017-2018 edition of the event, and is split into six topics, each comprising of a booklet, a trainer’s guide and a worksheet for age groups 6-8, 8-10 and 10-12.

The topics are:
1. Race with World Sailing, learn about different kinds of events and boats – available today
2. Resources & Climate Change – available from 29 April
3. Navigating Wildlife & Biodiversity – available from 6 May
4. Reducing Waste – available from 13 May
5. Oil & Fuel – available from 20 May
6. Boat Cleaning & Maintenance – available from 27 May

The materials will ensure the next generation of sailors learn about wider environmental issues that can affect the sport as well as those areas where the sport can make a positive impact.

The theme throughout is combining key sailing terminology with environmental issues whilst learning about some of the exciting events and boats in the sport that can inspire the next generation of sailors.

Dan Reading, Head of Sustainability at World Sailing, commented, “With many sailors unable to take to the water due to the COVID-19 pandemic, providing the future generation of participants with these resources will enable them to gain a deeper understanding around topics close to the hearts of many sailors.

“Those who are homeschooling can benefit from tailored, fun and interactive lessons and I am thrilled we could make this accessible to as many people as possible and would like to thank 11th Hour Racing for their support.”

The International Optimist Dinghy Association (IODA) have already adopted and tested the educational resources. Fiona Kidd, Secretary General, IODA commented, “The Sustainability Education Programme is directly targeted at the age group of kids sailing the Optimist Dinghy. As the largest youth sailing class in the world, thousands of young Opti sailors around the globe will learn and benefit from this programme. We look forward to introducing it to our 110 Members and their sailors, who are the future guardians of our oceans and environment.”

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