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The GCA Sailing programme is unique. No other school comes close, on the water! In 2023, we are taking 250 inner city students sailing,  from beginners on the local reservoir, to competitive Solent & national racing and even a squad to the Etchells World Championships.

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The programme costs £200,000 per year. Thank you to every donor who got us over the line for our February appeal: You secured Scaramouche & our base plans for the year. We are incredibly grateful.

Please help us raise the next £50,000!

We are working to do even more, including overnight trips on Scaramouche. These are the bridge from early training in dinghies to serious offshore sailing & racing.

We also need to look ahead to funding the next school year’s activities, from September. Every contribution helps, of any amount.

2023 Sailing programme

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Value for money

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We squeeze the best value out of every penny we receive:

  • Students maintain (and restore!) our boats, wherever practical
  • Staff volunteer
  • Administrative overheads are an absolute minimum 

Your generous donations pay for everything from travel and accommodation at sailing events, to coaching, maintenance and fuel.

We believe that this year’s average cost of £800/student for the full year’s programme is exceptional value for money.

And if you’re a UK tax payer, we can reclaim an extra 25% of Gift Aid on every donation.

Talk to us

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Some people and organisations get much more involved by sponsoring whole racing squads, or making gifts of anything from £1,000 to £50,000. These major partners provide crucial security for planning and organising our operation.

Please contact us to discuss how you can get involved, including joint publicity, prominent branding & getting out on the water with our sailors.

** Stop Press ** We’re also looking now for a new headline sponsor for our iconic flagship, Scaramouche!