24 March 2023

Sailing matters

By Sonia Hook Marketing and Business Development Consultant (Marine)

Buddies come together to sponsor a new
Scottish youth sailing team

The Haven Knox-Johnston crew are proud to announce their partnership with sister Howden leisure marine team, A-Plan Commercial Marine, to become the joint-lead sponsors of a new Scottish RS21 youth sailing team.

The sponsorship will provide the youth team with an RS21 so they can participate in the RS21 2023 British Race season. It will also harness the expertise of Sailingfast, Marlow Ropes and Rooster Clothing as sub-sponsors to provide coaching, equipment and kit to the team.

Following successful sponsorships of the Scottish Youth Weekend for the British Keelboat League and financial support for the Strathclyde youth team to compete in the British Keelboat League finals in 2022.

The RS21 was launched in 2018 as a progressive and affordable solution for keelboat racing. The first UK national championships soon followed in 2019, with a focus on fair and equal sailing over investing in expensive equipment.

The youth team will take part in this year’s British Isles Cup beginning with the Scottish Series, followed by Dun Laoghaire in Ireland, the nationals in Lymington, and the Dartmouth Regatta before cumulating in the world RS21 championships in Sardinia

The team will be managed by Duncan Hepplewhite from Sailingfast, Falkirk who brings his many years of coaching experience on the water, and will help administer all key logistics from pre to post-race prep.


Here is what our crew have to say

Malcolm Stewart, Branch Manager of A-Plan Commercial Marine said:

“At A-Plan, we recognise the importance of championing and inspiring younger generations on their sailing journey. We need to provide more opportunities for youngsters to get into keelboats and compete at national and international level. Our sponsorship of an under-25 RS21 sailing team embodies this belief and commitment to the future of our industry”

Paul Knox Johnston, Sales and Marketing Manager of Haven Knox-Johnston, added:

“We are so excited to be able to announce this incredible opportunity to help support youth sailors in Scotland. With our market-leading crew of sponsors, or the ‘Buddy Squad’ as I like to call them, we are really bringing the sailing community together to help support young sailors pursue their dreams”

Paul Knox-Johnston and Malcolm Stewart discuss the new RS21 Scottish youth sailing team

Paul Knox-Johnston from Haven Knox-Johnston and Malcolm Stewart from A-Plan Commercial Marine Insurance discuss the new sponsorship of a Scottish Youth RS21 Sailing Team. They talk about why they are sponsoring the team, who the co-sponsors are and who is going to be participating as crew.

Interview with Duncan Hepplewhite from Sailingfast

Paul Knox-Johnston from Haven Knox-Johnston and Duncan Hepplewhite from Sailingfast discuss the new Scottish Youth RS21 Sailing Team. How the crew be formed and where will the team be racing throughout the season.

Meet the RS21 youth sailing team

Introducing Sub Sponsors