Sailing Club Grants

Funding for UK Sailing Clubs

Funding the Future 2017/18

Funding the Future is Sunsail’s way of giving back to sailing’s grassroots. The fund enables UK sailing and yacht clubs to improve their facilities, equipment, and coaching capabilities; increase membership; promote youth and sailability participation; or launch other initiatives that help them flourish. 

We are dedicated to getting as many people sailing as possible. We love our sport and think everyone who wants to have a go should get the chance. Sailing and yacht clubs make sailing accessible for millions of people, but often lack the funding they need.

Now in its second year, Funding the Future is bigger and better.


Win up to £5,000 to invest in your club

  • First prize - £5,000

The winning club will be rewarded with £5,000 to invest in facilities and equipment. You will also get the chance to meet record-breaking sailor and RYA Director of Racing, Ian Walker MBE, who will come to the clubhouse for a live Q&A.

  • Runners-up prizes - £2,000 

This year, we will have two runners-up prizes. Each runner-up will win £2,000 to invest in their club. 

  • University clubs prize - £1,000

We are running a separate prize for University Sailing Clubs. The most deserving university club will win £1,000 to invest.

  • All applicants -  15% off Sunsail sailing holidays

If you are 18 years old or more and member of a sailing or yacht club in the United Kingdom, you can benefit from 15% off your Sunsail sailing holiday booking. All you need to do is to speak to one of our holiday planners, quote ‘SYC18’ and name your sailing or yacht club where you are a member. You must have proof of your sailing club membership when booking your holiday.

Read all terms and conditions


Who can apply?

Any sailing or yacht club based in the United Kingdom can apply. If your club could benefit from the grant and you can convince our judges of your need and that the funding will be put to best use, your application will be given the attention it deserves

How do I enter?

1) A lead person from your club will take responsibility for filling out and submitting the entry form. This person needs to be a member of your club and must be over 18 years old.

2) The lead person can either submit the form online, or by post to:
Funding the Future c/o Sunsail, DST House, St Marks Hill, Surbiton, KT6 4BH

Only one entry allowed per sailing club.

Apply online or download and print the application form and send it by post.

Email us if you have any questions [email protected]

Who are the judges?

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

Ian Walker

British Olympic medallist, America’s Cup and Volvo Ocean Race skipper

Mark Jardine

Online Editor, Yachts & Yachting 

Josie Tucci

VP Sales & Marketing, Sunsail

Simon Boulding

Events Director, Sunsail

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 your application. 

2017/18 Winning Club

Burwain Sailing Club from Lancashire.

Set on the edge of the former mill towns of Colne and Burnley, the members of Burwain Sailing Club sail on a 90-acre reservoir, and the club wants to attract more young sailors and families from the diverse local community. They will use the £5,000 Funding the Future award to buy a small fleet of pre-used optimists to bolster their junior sailing programme and encourage children from the age of six to learn to sail. 

Peter Dewhurst from Burwain Sailing Club comments, "We are so grateful to Sunsail for setting up this funding opportunity. I'm sure that most clubs, like ourselves, rely on club volunteers to run their training and introduce new sailors to our sport. Funding like this helps provide the equipment that clubs need – in our case some junior boats. More juniors mean more families, who are the bedrock of sailing clubs, and we will be wasting no time in acquiring some additional craft to help with our 2018 junior school sailing program. So my message to other clubs is: don't miss out on next year's competition. It's quick to enter – just be honest, be unique and have a viable and achievable goal."

The judges found this entry to be deliverable, and able to make a real and lasting difference to the club, helping to bolster membership numbers and youth participation. We look forward to seeing the club benefit from the project. 

So, if your club has a project or initiative, whether new training boats or a new pontoon, that could make a real difference and benefit from extra funding, start planning you application to Sunsail's Funding the Future competition. Entries open on 15 September 2018 and close at midnight on 30 November 2018. The winner will be announced at the RYA Dinghy Show on 2 March 2019.

Good luck!


Find out more

Find out more about the competition in Funding the Future's terms and conditions.