Youth sustainability education materials developed with The Ocean Race

Leg 9, Newport stopover. Volvo Ocean Race Sustainability Education Programme. 14 May, 2018.

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

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

The topics are:

  1. Race with World Sailing, learn about different kinds of events and boats – available now
  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

“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,” says 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.”

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 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.

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