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In addition to their many high profile sponsorships, 11th Hour Racing is working quietly away giving opportunities to thousands of youngsters who would otherwise never experience the sea.

Sailing has a remarkable power to change lives. As most sailors know, it’s one of the most effective ways to learn essential life skills such as, leadership, teamwork and selfreliance while building confidence, reducing anxiety and discovering a new sense of purpose. Children in particular learn a lot through sailing.

Sailing also provides an intuitive, practical context for key concepts of science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) – without a good grasp of vectors, for example, you won’t get to the windward mark. It’s especially empowering for kids growing up in difficult circumstances, as it offers a fresh start on a level playing field – or at least one that’s equally choppy for people from all walks of life. Read on.