OnBoard Partners Officine Panerai To Launch The Challenger Trophy

By Shantanu Srivastav | April 4, 2018

OnBoard has partnered with international watchmakers Officine Panerai to launch the Challenger Trophy.

As part of the new partnership, the Challenger Trophy and Award Scheme aims to recognise young OnBoard sailors who have embraced the power of sailing or windsurfing to achieve an inspiring personal triumph while rewarding the OnBoard clubs or centres who make it possible.

OnBoard gives anyone aged 8-18 the chance to learn to sail or windsurf by providing low cost sessions through schools, youth groups and families.

Each year, up to four finalists will be shortlisted and invited to the Panerai British Classic Week, this year taking place in Cowes on the Isle of Wight between 14-21 July. Here the winning sailor will be announced and presented with the impressive RYA Officine Panerai Challenger Trophy, inspired by the engineering excellence of the great classic boat designers and commissioned by Panerai, on behalf of their club.

The winning club will be eligible to receive the maximum grant of £10,000 to purchase new equipment that further supports junior sailors or windsurfers. The successful individual will be eligible to receive the maximum grant of £5,000 to continue their development either in sailing or windsurfing or more broadly within the marine industry.

In addition to this up to three runner-ups will also be eligible for grants of up to £5,000 (clubs/centres) and £2,500 (sailor) towards achieving their ambitions.

The only criteria are that nominated sailors have overcome significant physical, economic or social challenges to achieve something notable within sailing or windsurfing, are still active in the sport and that they’ve been involved at an OnBoard club or centre for at least a year in the past two years.

In doing so, they’ll have demonstrated how the sport has developed one or more of the OnBoard recognised character attributes of creativity, teamwork, communication, determination, independence and confidence.

Alistair Dickson, RYA Director of Sport Development, said: “We’re delighted to launch the RYA Officine Panerai Challenger Trophy. Like us, Officine Panerai are passionate about encouraging equal access within the sport for all. We believe this Trophy and the Challenger Awards Scheme will open the doors for more people to be active or be introduced to the sport. We look forward to receiving the first applications.”