5k boost for scheme that gives disadvantaged youngsters sailing opportunities

Sir Robin Knox-Johnston has presented the
Sea-Hear-Discover project with its 2013 Haven Academy.

The quayside presentation took place at the Universal Marina, Southampton where the project, which provides sailing opportunities for those with a
hearing impairment, is based.

The Sea-Hear-Discover project received 71%
of the public vote in a national poll to choose the most deserving winner from
a shortlist compiled by the Haven Academy’s panel of judges.

Project’s co-ordinator Ally Bowles,
said: ‘Winning the funding and support of the sponsors, Haven Knox-Johnston,
will make all the difference in helping us provide disadvantaged youngsters
with what can be a life changing experience.’

On presenting the award Sir Robin
Knox-Johnston added: ‘I am so pleased that the 2013 Haven Academy has gone to
such a deserving winner.

‘Even I remember how difficult it was to get my first
experience of sailing – and Sea-Hear-Discover will make it possible for so many
people who would otherwise never get the chance to find out about boating.’

The award means that the boat insurance
specialists Haven Knox-Johnston will partner the Sea-Hear-Discover project
throughout the 2013 season up to a value of £5,000.

(Picture: The Sea-Hear-Discover team receiving the 2013 Haven Academy Award from Sir Robin Knox-Johnston (front left) presenting the winner’s cheque to project leader Ally Bowles (front centre) with Keith Lovett (front right) representing sponsors Haven Knox-Johnston. Credit: David Harding)