Performance Academy Sailing Scholarships

Sailing Scholarship Opportunities

The Performance Academy Sailing Scholarship (PASS) is an opportunity for the Andrew Simpson Foundation (ASF) to provide pathway sailors subsidised additional training and support through the Performance Academy programmes.

What is this scholarship about?

In 2023, four sailors across the junior, youth and senior pathway will be selected to have subsidised access to our Performance Academy group training, a mentoring programme and team kit.

These sailors will be selected based on their need for additional support and their alignment to the ASF’s values (Inclusivity, Enjoyment, Community, Development, Inspiring & Partnerships). The full value of the scholarship will be up to £2,000 per person depending on the training and opportunities chosen.

As part of the scholarship, sailors will be asked to engage with Performance Academy social media posts and write two blog posts about their experience through the scholarship and the impact of the support offered.

How do I apply?

Interested sailors should submit their applications by 31st December 2022 here: CLICK HERE

Applicants will be shortlisted by a panel of experts in the field and successful candidates will be announced early in 2023.

For more information on the scholarship by email:

2022 Performance Academy Sailing Scholarship Sailors

Abi Smith

7.8m Techno Windsurfer

Tom Mitchell

ILCA 6 Sailor

Henry Redmond

ILCA 4 Sailor

Imogen Palmer

ILCA 4 Sailor

Supported by

Our expert team

James Parker-Mowbray

Performance Academy Manager

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

Contact James Parker-Mowbray

ILCA, Optimist, Foiling

James Hadden

Performance Academy Head Coach

RYA ILCA 6 Youth Squad Head Coach
British Finn Association Under 23 Coach

Contact James Hadden

ILCA, Finn

Rory Wilson

Performance Academy Sales & Communications Coordinator and Coach

RYA Topper South West Coach
SailFoil Coach

Contact Rory Wilson

Topper, ILCA, Foiling

Iain Percy OBE

Performance Academy Advisor

Double Olympic Gold Medallist

Sailing Director at Artemis Technologies

Tim Hulse

Performance Academy Advisor

UKLA Training Officer

RYA ILCA 6 Youth Squad Coach
Previous RYA Olympic Laser Squad Sailor


Shaun Priestley

Performance Academy Advisor

RYA ILCA 6 Youth Squad Coach
UKLA Coach
Previous Para Olympic pathway Coach
SailFoil Coach

Laser, Foiling

Josh Atherton

Performance Academy Coach

RYA Optimist South RTG Head Coach
RYA RS Feva Coach
SailFoil Coach

Optimist, RS Feva

Rob York

RYA Techno National Lead Coach
RYA Under 23 IQ Foil Head Coach
British Sailing Team IQ Foil Sailor

IQ Foil, Techno

Lewis May

RYA Bic Techno South RTG Head Coach
RYA UKJS South Head
WindFoil Coach

Techno, Wind Foiling

Paul Wakelin

Nacra Coach
Previous RYA Head Youth Multi-hull Coach

Nacra, Multihull

James Gray

British Sailing Team ILCA Pathway Coach
Waszp Coach


Rich Sheridan

RS Feva Class National Coach

RS Feva

Alice Masterman

Professional 49erFX sailor
29er Class Head Coach

29er, 49erFx

Matilda Nicholls

British Sailing Team Laser Radial Sailor
2019 Laser Radial Youth World Champion


Flo Nicholls

RYA Radial Youth Squad
2018 Laser 4.7 U16 European Champion


Performance Academy Partners