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Sailing stars back new competition
11:26am Wednesday 23rd October 2013 in News
Olympic gold-medallist Ben Ainslie is backing a contest which encourages children to design their own sails It is being run in conjunction with the Andrew Simpson Sailing Foundation which was set up following the death of Sir Ben’s fellow Olympian.
Thousands of schools have been offered the opportunity to create fine art for Olympic Star Class sails.
Fine Art Sails and the Andrew Simpson Sailing Foundation are inviting young people from seven to 17 years of age to jump aboard and enter into a unique competition to design a 10m tall main sail for a 'Star Class' boat to be raced by Sir Ben Ainslie, Iain Percy OBE and many more Olympic sailors at the London Boat Show on January 4 and 5.
The ‘Sail Art' contest is supported by The Campaign for Drawing led by the Serpentine Gallery Founding Director Sue Grayson-Ford. The Campaign's Patrons include Andrew Marr, Sir Quentin Blake, and David Hockney CM.
The competition for the best artwork for the Olympic sails is in three categories - 7-10 years; 11-14 years; 15-17 years.
The theme is 'Legends of the Sea' intended to unleash imaginations and art materials. Students are to think about sea gods, mythical marine creatures, Atlantis or any windy and watery shanties that take their fancy.
The first prizes will also include a day sailing with Olympic sailors, Staedtlerart materials worth £250 for the winning schools, and a special invitation to the London Boat Show to watch the Fine Art Sails regatta.
Iain Percy said: "One of the things I really love about sailing, is the ocean. The beauty of it. The power of it sometimes. I want young people in this sailing art competition to capture it for us".
Sir Ben Ainslie said: "Sailing is a fantastic sport in many ways but not just on the water. It's a way youngsters can express themselves. T “The sail is a great canvas for kids to paint all over and express themselves in different ways. I'm very excited about that".
panel Fine Art Sails and the National Schools "Sail Art" Competition is in support of the Andrew Simpson Sailing Foundation (ASSF).
After Andrew Simpson's tragic death, the Foundation was established by Iain Percy OBE, Sir Ben Ainslie, and Andrew's wife Leah. The Fine Art Sails National Sail Art Competition continues the theme of encouraging and mentoring children into sailing, honouring Andrew's life and legacy.
Through their sailing experiences the charity will help to develop young people's life skills, but importantly it will also assist the children into employment in the sailing community through apprenticeships with partners including sail makers, boat builders, nautical technologies and other marine companies.
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