Sailing clubs

Funding the Future

Welcome to the Sunsail’s Funding the Future campaign. It’s our little way of giving back to sailing’s grassroots.

Sailing clubs are the lifeblood of our sport, and play a key role in getting people out on the water. We are proud to deliver holidays and courses designed for sailors, by sailors, and are determined to do all we can to promote and help the UK’s Yacht and Sailing Clubs.

What are we giving away and why?

We at Sunsail are dedicated to getting as many people sailing as possible. We love our sport and we think everyone who wants to have a go should get the opportunity. Sailing Clubs make sailing accessible for millions of people, but they often lack funding and struggle to survive.

After the success of last year's grant, awarded to Solva Sailing Club to construct new changing facilities, this year, we want to reward one deserving club with £5,000 to invest in facilities, equipment and its members. The winning club will also earn a place on Sunsail’s stand at the London Boat Show in January 2018 (with three tickets) to help promote their club to sailors from across the country.

All UK sailing club members will also receive 15% off worldwide Sunsail holidays on both bareboat and flotilla. Email and ask for the exclusive promo code. 

Who can enter?

Any sailing or yacht club based within the United Kingdom.

How do I enter?

You will need to nominate a lead person from your sailing / yacht club that will be responsible for filling out and submitting the entry form. This person needs to be a member of your sailing / yacht club and must be over 18 years old. Once you have chosen your lead person, they will need to fill out the competition form that your club should have received via email from Sunsail. If they have not, please contact to request a copy.

The completed form can either be submitted by email to or posted to Funding the Future c/o Sunsail, DST House, St Marks Hill, Surbiton, KT6 4BH.

Only one entry allowed per sailing club.

Our team will shortlist the best entries according to our criteria and then pass them on for our panel of judges to review. The winner will be determined by merit and judged on the club’s need, and how they would use the grant. Please feel free to send along any extra information you wish us to see in the email.

Can I speak to someone over the phone?

Yes of course. If it is regarding details on entering this competition, please call us on 0208 234 6469 (Monday – Friday, 09:00 – 17:30). If you are ringing up about your promo code and booking a holiday, please call 03303321181 (Monday – Friday, 08:00 – 19:00, Saturday, 09:00 – 18:00, Sunday, 10:00 – 17:00) and ask for our experienced sailor and charter planner Hayley, who will be able to help you out with any enquiries.

Photos by RYA

Will I recieve feedback if my application is declined?

Because of the high number of applications we receive, we are unable to provide tailored feedback for applications declined at first stage. Feedback is available for applications declined at second stage.

Who are the judges?

We have chosen four judges with very different backgrounds to ensure every angle is met.

  • Dee Caffari MBE, Sunsail Ambassador and one of the most inspiring women in sailing.
  • Helena Lucas MBE, double Paralympic medallist and Sunsail Ambassador.
  • Mark Jardine, Online Editor and highly seasoned sailor
  • Simon Boulding, Events Director at Sunsail.

What will they be looking for?

The judges will be looking for a sailing club to whom £5k will make a really make a difference. Imaginative ideas that have a real impact will be prioritised. They will also being make sure that each proposal adheres to at least one of the following criteria, if not more:

  • increase membership
  • improve club facilities
  • improve sailing equipment
  • promote youth/sailability sailing
  • improve members’ sailing skills
  • something completely new and innovative

What can my club spend the money on?

The club will be awarded the money on the proviso that they use the money on the project(s) outlined in their entry form. This could be anything from sailability initiatives to incentives for potential new members, buying new equipment or smartening up the club. The more innovative the idea, the better. However this will not include every day payments such as the club house’s monthly electricity bill.

How long do I have to enter?

All entries must be submitted by Thursday 08 December 2016. The shortlist will be drawn by Thursday 15 December 2016. The winner will be informed by Thursday 22 December 2016 and announced on Friday 06 January 2017 at Sunsail stand during the London Boat Show 2017.

How will the winner receive their prize?

If you are the lucky winner then this is how you can claim your three prizes:

  • £5000 – the winning club can send in invoices from the suppliers they use to implement their ideas from their winning submission up to the maximum value of £5000. Each invoice will need to be made payable to Mariner International Travel UK Limited at DST House, St Mark’s Hill, London, KT6 4BH. All invoices will need to be in by Friday 30 June 2017.
  • An evening Q&A with Dee Caffari MBE – a member of the Sunsail team will be in touch with the winning club to discuss dates that work for both Sunsail, the winning club and Dee Caffari MBE. This evening will need to be taken by 31 March 2017.
  • Three tickets to the London Boat Show 2017 – on Thursday 22 December 2016 when the winning club is announced, Sunsail will get in touch with the club and ask how best to deliver the tickets. They will be allocated for Friday 06 January 2017. It will give you a great chance to not only receive your prize from our other Sunsail ambassador and Paralympic medallist Helena Lucas MBE but the winning club will have the opportunity to stay on the Sunsail stand all day and can use it to help promote their sailing club.

Photos by RYA

What does my promo code ‘SYC17’ include?

The promo code ‘SYC17’ will include bareboat and flotilla yacht charters with Sunsail to all bases excluding Australia, Italy, Vancouver and Tonga, with a minimum duration of 7 days per holiday booked. It will not include peak dates. It is not combinable with other Sunsail offers either. It can only be used by members of sailing and yacht clubs based in the UK.

Does my promo code expire?

Yes it does. ‘SYC17’ will expire on Saturday 30 September 2017

Who can I speak to about planning a holiday or find out more information?

Ring 03303321181 and ask for our highly experienced and knowledgeable charter planner, Hayley. She will be able to help you with any enquiries. If she is not around, do not worry as we have a whole team of charter planners who will be able to help out in here absence. Our phone lines are open Monday – Friday, 08:00 – 19:00, Saturday, 09:00 – 18:00, Sunday, 10:00 – 17:00. 




Terms and conditions

Please read these Terms and Conditions carefully before entering the competition. By entering you indicate that you accept these terms and conditions and you agree to be bound by them.

1. Promoter’s Details: Sunsail is a trading name of Mariner International Travel (UK) Limited (the “Promoter”). Registered office: Origin One, 108 High Street, Crawley, West Sussex, RH10 1BD. Registered in England No: 1239190 .

2. Eligibility: This competition is open to sailing and yacht clubs based and registered in the UK. Each Sailing Club must nominate a lead person who is responsible for submitting their competition entry and liaising with the Promoter with regards the competition. The lead person must be a member of that sailing / yacht club. The lead person must have the authority of the sailing club to enter this competition and must be eighteen (18) years of age or older. Employees and immediate family (defined as parents, children, siblings, spouse and life partners) of the Promoter or its affiliates, subsidiaries, advertising or promotion agencies are not eligible to enter this competition or be the lead person.

3. How to Enter: To enter you will need to complete the entry Form and submit it to or by post to Funding the Future, C/O Sunsail, DST House, St Marks Hill, Surbiton, KT6 4 BH. Only one entry allowed per sailing club. No purchase necessary. No entries from agents or third parties or entries automatically generated by computer will be accepted. Incomplete or corrupted entries will not be accepted. Entries will only be accepted if they comply with all entry instructions.

4. Content of Entry: You warrant and undertake that the proposal you submit is your own work and that you own the copyright for it and that it does not infringe the copyright of any third parties. Any complaints lodged against your writing in relation to permissions will result in it being removed from the competition. Any entry deemed to be inappropriate or offensive will not be published and will be removed. You agree that the Promoter may make some or all of your entry available on its website and any other media, whether now known or invented in the future, and in connection with any publicity of the competition. You agree to grant the Promoter a non-exclusive, worldwide, irrevocable licence, for the full period of any intellectual property rights in the competition entry and any accompanying materials, to use, display, publish, transmit, copy, edit, alter, store, re-format and sub-licence the competition entry and any accompanying materials for such purposes

5. Use of Data: All details provided by you will be held by the Promoter and used in accordance with these terms and conditions and the Promoter’s Privacy Policy available at By entering this competition you consent to the Promoter contacting you for advertising and marketing purposes. If you are the winner of the competition, you agree that the Promoter may use your sailing club name, image and town or county of base to announce the winner of this competition and for any other reasonable and related promotional purposes.

6. Dates: The competition commences on Friday 04 November 2016 and closes on Thursday 08 December 2016. All entries must be received by 23:59GMT on Thursday 08 December 2016.

7. Receipt of Entries: The Promoter cannot be held responsible for network, computer or software failures of any kind, which may restrict or delay the sending or receipt of your entry. The Promoter is not responsible for entries not received and/or any lost entries.

7. Prize(s): There is one prize of a grant up to the maximum sum of £5,000 (inclusive of VAT) for the winner to use in implementing some or all of their ideas as per their competition submission. The Promoter will make payments up to an aggregate maximum of £5,000 subject to receipt of evidence, to the reasonable satisfaction of the Promoter, that the winner has spent such money in furtherance of its competition submission ideas. The Promoter is only able to pay valid VAT invoices which are addressed to Mariner International (UK) Limited at DST House, St Mark’s Hill, London, KT6 4BH and which are issued direct from the supplier, not the sailing club, to the Promoter. The winner must have claimed all £5,000 by 30 June 2017 after which the Promoter shall be liable for no further payments. The winner will also get 3 tickets to the London Boat Show to attend on Friday 06 January 2017 provided they confirm their ability to attend by Friday 30 December 2016. The winner may, at the discretion of the Promoter, be entitled to one nights Q&A session with Dee Caffari MBE at their sailing club provided such is subject to availability of Dee Caffari and the sailing club must propose a selection of dates which are between 07 January 2017 and 31 March 2017. All elements of the prize are not transferable and no alternative will be offered.

8. Selection of winners: The winner(s) will be the entry judged to be the best of all entries received by the Promoter’s panel of judges. The decision of the judges nominated by the Promoter is final and no correspondence or discussion will be entered into.

9. Notification: The winner(s) will be notified by email after the Thursday 22 December 2016 and shall be announced as the winner at the London Boat show on 06 January 2017. The winner acknowledges and undertakes that it shall not announce, share or otherwise inform anyone else or let it become public knowledge that it has won until after 6 January 2017. A breach of this clause shall entitle the Promoter to withdraw the prize and select an alternative winner. If a winner cannot be contacted or is unable to accept their prize, the Promoter reserves the right to choose another winner from eligible entries received.

10. Winner(s) details: Details of the winner(s), name and country of residence, will be obtainable after the Friday 06 January 2017 by writing to Funding the Future, C/O Sunsail, DST House, St Marks Hill, Surbiton, KT6 4 BH. The winner(s) may be required to participate in post-competition publicity and, in addition to general publicity, agrees to do 1 blog post which references the Promoter (subject to the prior written approval of the Promoter) and a photo-shoot and promotional campaign to show how they have implemented the grant.

11. General: Insofar as is permitted by law, the Promoter, its agents or distributors will not in any circumstances be responsible or liable to compensate the winner or accept any liability for any loss, damage, personal injury or death occurring as a result of taking up the prize except where it is caused by the negligence of the Promoter, its agents or distributors or that of their employees. Your statutory rights are not affected. The Promoter reserves the right to amend the competition in exceptional circumstances. All entrants agree to abide by these terms and conditions and the Promoter reserves the right to exclude entrants for any breach of these terms and conditions. The Promoter’s decision is final and no correspondence will be entered in to. This competition is run in accordance with the laws of England and Wales and the parties submit to the exclusive jurisdiction of the courts of England.


Terms and Conditions – General
  • When speaking to your charter planner on the phone, please quote the promo code ‘SYC17’ to receive your discount
  • Bookings can be only made from Friday 04 November 2016 until Saturday 30 September 2017
  • Departure dates can only be taken from Friday 04 November 2016 until Sunday 17 December 2017
  • Any booking is subject to availability
  • Any booking is subject to Sunsail’s booking terms and conditions (
  • Only applies to bookings made with Sunsail UK
For Bareboat & Flotilla sailing holidays outside the UK - 15% off
  • 15% off for bareboat and flotilla sailing holidays
  • Applicable to all bases / destinations excluding Australia, Italy, Vancouver and Tonga
  • Offer is only applicable to the charter price for bareboat and flotilla and excludes fuel, Yacht Damage Waiver, Personal Insurance, Provisioning, Skipper (if required), Flights, Transfers, Taxes and all other incidentals
  • Offer is non combinable with other offers including Loyalty discount, however if you find a Sunsail offer that is higher than 15%, you can take that instead
  • Each booking must have a minimum duration of 7 days.

At least one passenger on board must have a minimum valid qualification of International Certificate of Competence (ICC) or RYA Day Skipper (or internationally recognised equivalent) to sail without a skipper or a skipper must be hired
Peak dates are excluded:

  • British Virgin Islands (18 Dec 2016 – 02 Jan 2017 and 18 Dec 2017 – 02 Jan 2018)
  • Bahamas (18 Dec 2016 – 02 Jan 2017, 28 Jan 2017 – 04 Feb 2017 and 18 Dec 2017 – 02 Jan 2018)
  • Grenada (18 Dec 2016 – 02 Jan 2017, 27 Feb 2017 – 06 Mar 2017 and 18 Dec – 02 Jan 2018)
  • St Martin (18 Dec 2016 – 02 Jan 2017, 20 Apr 2017 – 01 May 2017 and 18 Dec 2017 – 02 Jan 2018)
  • Antigua (18 Dec 2016 – 02 Jan 2017, 20 Apr 2017 – 01 May 2017 and 18 Dec 2017 – 02 Jan 2018)
  • Belize (18 Dec 2016 – 02 Jan 2017 and 18 Dec 2017 – 02 Jan 2018)
  • St Lucia (18 Dec 2016 – 02 Jan 2017 and 18 Dec 2017 – 02 Jan 2018)
  • Thailand (04 Dec 2016 – 11 Dec 2016, 18 Dec 2016 – 02 Jan 2017, 04 Dec 2017 – 11 Dec 2017 and 18 Dec 2017 – 02 Jan 2018)
  • Seychelles (18 Dec 2016 – 02 Jan 2017, 23 Mar2017 – 14 Apr 2017 and 18 Dec 2017 – 02 Jan 2018)
  • Tahiti (18 Dec 2016 – 02 Jan 2017, 01 May 2017 – 08 May 2017 and 18 Dec 2017 – 02 Jan 2018)
For Sailing Schools UK - 10% off
  • 10% off for all sailing courses run out of the Sunsail base in Portsmouth UK
  • Offer is non combinable with other offers including Loyalty discount, however if you find a Sunsail offer that is higher than 10%, you can take that instead

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