Why sailing?

Those who use the water for sport and leisure will already know that a sailing environment promotes health and wellbeing and develops skills that improve a person’s ability to succeed in life and work.

The Foundation wants to go further than personal knowledge. To ensure that it delivers, supports and funds programmes and activities offering the greatest possible benefit to those aged 5 – 24, the Foundation is collating existing, and conducting new, research into the specific benefits offered by sailing.

The Andrew Simpson Foundation wishes to work with others to develop a body of academic-based research into benefits of dinghy sailing. The aim is to make the results of the research available to the wider sailing community with the objective of helping to increase wider participation in the sport and optimising the benefits that the sport can deliver.

A response

This research will also form part of the response to the UK Government’s ‘Sporting Future – A New Strategy for an Active Nation’ ( with its focus on five key outcomes: physical wellbeing, mental wellbeing, individual development, social and community development and economic development.

As a first step along this path, we have sponsored a pilot study to be conducted by the University of Winchester. The title is: ‘An exploration into the perceived benefits of regular, recreational dinghy sailing on young people (age 9- 13)’.

If you would like to be involved in the research please contact