About the 1851 Trust

The 1851 Trust aims to inspire and engage a new generation through sailing and the marine industry, providing young people with the education, skills and training to become innovators of the future, and stewards of the marine environment.

The 1851 Trust is the Official Charity of Land Rover BAR, the British America’s Cup team.

The 1851 Trust is named after the year of the Great Exhibition when the America’s Cup race was first held around the Isle of Wight; beginning the challenge that Land Rover BAR has now embraced – to bring the Cup home.

Team Principal and Skipper, Sir Ben Ainslie and HRH the Duchess of Cambridge are Patrons of the 1851 Trust.


Purpose of the 1851 Trust

Land Rover BAR skipper Ben Ainslie, shown here in action during their race with Emirates Team New Zealand in the 35th America's Cup Challenger Playoffs Semi-finals.Racing was abandoned after the wind dropped on June 5, 2017 on Bermuda's Great Sound - Hamilton - Bermuda
© Mark Lloyd/Lloyd Images

Sir Ben Ainslie
describes the purpose of the 1851 Trust; “I am determined to use the excitement of Land Rover BAR's challenge to win the America’s Cup to engage and inspire young people about the range of opportunities available to them.

The 1851 Trust aims:

To use the excitement of Land Rover BAR as a real-life example of the application of science & technology (STEM) subjects to inspire young people to choose STEM subject and career pathways.

To help young people see a future for themselves in STEM related study and careers

To educate young people on the environmental impact of our behaviours and how they can be part of the solution, with particular emphasis on ocean health.

To provide young people with the opportunity to try sailing, to build their confidence and foster teamwork, in combination with STEM and sustainability activities.


Key Initiatives from the 1851 Trust


– a unique and completely free online teaching resource for STEM subject teachers of 11-16 year olds. The platform provides scene setting videos, interactive quizzes and downloadable worksheets using real life examples from Land Rover BAR to help bring the classroom curriculum to life. Click for more info


TECH DECK & Education Centre – an interactive visitor centre at the home of Land Rover BAR which offers free ½ day school visits, allowing pupils to enjoy interactive exhibits, see cutting-edge technology in action and understand the STEM challenges faced by Land Rover BAR. Click for more info


– Using the inspiration of Land Rover BAR, the British America’s Cup Team, the 1851 Trust enables young people from a wide demographic to experience the exhilaration of sailing through various projects both locally and nationally.

Roadshow – the 1851 Trust takes the excitement of Land Rover BAR to pupils around the UK, inviting local schools to a multi-activity day which includes sailing, sustainability workshops and STEM learning. Click for more info

To find out more about these and other initiatives led by the 1851 Trust, visit www.1851trust.org.uk.