PlainSailing.com announces winner of its University Sailing Club Sponsorship scheme

PlainSailing.com welcomed hundreds of votes for its University Sailing Club Sponsorship scheme 2023/24.

It is proud to congratulate York University Sailing and Windsurfing Club, which is now the University Sailing Sponsorship partner for the 2023/24 academic year.

After being narrowed down to a very strong three-university shortlist – which included sailing clubs from Aberystwyth and Edinburgh – it came down to a public vote.

There were a record number of votes cast, with voters hailing from right across the globe, including the USA, Australia and even Thailand. But there can be only one winner…

York University was the people’s favourite, as well as being popular with the esteemed PlainSailing.com judges, who said: “They were one of the most impressive applications, with our team particularly enthused with their ‘spirit of sailing’ – whilst it’s nice to win trophies, sailing should be about fun, and, by its very nature, is all about the journey, not the destination”.

The judges were very pleased to hear about how York University Sailing Club creates opportunities for people to try out sailing – which shows grassroots sailing at its finest – as well as its established relationships with other local sailing clubs and organisations, helping to contribute and boost sailing across the whole of the region.

The club also wins £1,000 towards a catamaran charter in Croatia or a yacht charter in Greece.

PlainSailing.com is delighted to be working with the club and will continue to work with the runners up, particularly in regard to offering overseas sailing opportunities.

Supporting grassroots sailing

Tommy Tognarelli, co-founder of PlainSailing.com, said: “One of the best things about working for PlainSailing.com is the opportunity to get involved in supporting and growing grassroots sailing, and our sponsorship scheme for University Sailing clubs, or special charter prices for University or Community Sailing Clubs, enables us to play our part in spreading the love of sailing!

“We had so many strong applications for our University Sailing Club Sponsorship Scheme – it was a really tough year for shortlisting entries for the final vote – so we’re absolutely thrilled to be working with the wonderful and passionate team at York University Sailing and Windsurfing Club for the next academic year!

“Yachting at York University primarily involves day-sailing out in the North sea, whatever the weather – so the chance for them to sail in the Med should provide quite a compelling counter-point and an exciting experience. Hopefully they will enjoy sailing in the sunshine just as much as they enjoy sailing in the ‘weather’!”

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