Athena Foiling Pathway

The Athena Foiling Pathway delivered by the Performance Academy

The NEW Athena Foiling Pathway will be delivered by the Performance Academy, with its world-class coaches and experience in providing support and training from entry-level sailors to elite athletes. Support from WASZP will allow sailors to get to grips with the art of foiling in the accessible, one-design dinghy and enable them to race in the highly competitive global WASZP circuit. WPNSA, Britain’s hub of high-performance sailing, will provide world-class conditions and facilities for the program, with UK WASZP distributor Sailingfast on hand to share their technical knowledge and to keep the boats maintained to racing standard.  

Junior Foiling Pathway

The Athena Foiling Pathway will kick off in August 2023 with a Junior Foiling Pilot week run at WPNSA, taking a group of young sailors through various foiling techniques and an introduction to basic foiling racing. Phase 2 will involve a taster programme for junior class associations and will continue into Autumn. Phase 3 is a 6 week programme that will be happening in 2024. Selected sailors from phase 1 and 2 will work on their skill sets to take part in the 2025 WASZP games.

Youth Foiling Pathway

The Foiling Pathway will also seek to develop sailors at Youth level, with plans currently in the works for an Athena Youth Foiling Team and a BST/BSS Foiling Program. The will comprise a series of 4 annual camps based at WPNSA. This will give British Sailing Team sailors from non-foiling classes a platform to hone their foiling abilities and a possible gateway into professional sailing.

Now closed to APPLications

Many thanks for all the applications received.

We look forward to announcing, very soon, the successful junior and youth sailors who will be on their way to the exciting world of foiling racing, honing their abilities for a professional foiling career.

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What does the Athena Foiling Pathway look like?

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Our expert team

James Parker-Mowbray

Performance Academy Manager

RYA Optimist National Lead Coach
RYA ILCA 4 National Lead Coach
SailFoil Coach

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ILCA, Optimist, Foiling

Rory Wilson

Performance Academy Sales & Communications Coordinator and Coach

RYA Topper South West Coach
SailFoil Coach

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Topper, ILCA, Foiling

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