Portsmouth High School girls volunteer as ‘Wavemakers’ at America’s Cup and launch pop up sailing school
Senior girls from Portsmouth High School are volunteering this weekend as Wavemakers at the America’s Cup on behalf of the 1851 Trust, the official charity of the America’s Cup World Series in Portsmouth.
The girls, from Year 11 to Sixth Form will be helping man the 1851 Trust stand in the Race Village on Southsea Common. They will be assisting visitors on the racing simulator as well as encouraging the guests to enter the competition to win a trip to Bermuda for the 2015 America’s Cup World Series event in October.
Portsmouth High School’s Deputy Head Girl, Daisy Turnbull, 17, said:
‘The is a once in a lifetime opportunity and we are all really excited to be taking part in such a world renowned event. To act as an ambassador on behalf of the 1851 Trust and on behalf of Portsmouth High School will be lots of fun and we
are all looking forward to the next four days.’
The junior school also play their part this week by helping launch The Andrew Simpson Sailing Foundation to deliver inspiring sailing taster sessions to school children in Portsmouth and the surrounding areas throughout the summer holidays. Through using specially adapted boats this project will also allow both disabled and able bodied young people to sail together during the 3 hour sailing session.
Mr Alasdair Akass, Chief Executive of the 1851 Trust said:
‘As a new and developing charity, we have been genuinely touched by Portsmouth High School pupils’ show of support in helping us gain maximum opportunity from our presence at the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series Portsmouth. We couldn’t have hoped for better ambassadors for the Trust and for the city.’