Developing tomorrow’s Olympic sailors
PA began sponsoring the RS Feva UK Nationals and World Championships in 2015, with its goal of helping the next generation of sailors reach their full potential. Our support of RS Feva allows us to recognise the importance of sport and competition in the development of our leaders of the future.
The RS Feva leads the world’s development of junior double-handed sailing and the events are the training ground for the high-performance boats of Olympic sailing. More than 360 young sailors from over 20 countries will participate in the RS Feva World Championships, with over 250 sailors participating in the UK Nationals.
We are proud to support many non-profit organisations worldwide and focus our work on ‘making the difference for young people’ – providing the skills, confidence and opportunities they need to fulfil their ambitions and create a brighter tomorrow.
Our sponsorship of the RS Feva UK Nationals and World Championships recognises the importance of sport and competition in the development of our leaders of the future. We are excited to be sponsoring this competition and wish all entrants good luck in their preparation.
PA Consulting Group's Chief Executive Officer
On 25 March, PA’s Adam Freeman-Pask, a former Team GB Olympic rower, delivered a motivating after-dinner speech on "Inspiring to Improve" aimed at sharing his experiences and techniques of being an Olympic athlete, inspiring the young sailors to realise their full potential. He also announced the launch of our next spinnaker competition.
In March, we launched the RS Feva Spinnaker competition, which ran for approximately 2 months closing on Friday 12 May. This year’s competition asked participants to capture and share on Instagram a moment that ‘inspires, encourages and pushes you to get out there and continue to improve your sailing’. We had a brilliant 37 entries! The two lucky winners were awarded a brand new spinnaker to use at the UK National Championships.
The RS Feva UK National Championships took place from 27-30 May at Royal Torbay YC. The promenade was lined with the PA logo on a-wash of feather flags, and every competitor was given a fabulous PA Consulting and RS Feva branded dry bag and water bottle! PA was also delighted to handout Land Rover BAR caps to some of the winners, and also a very special prize to the overall champions – a private tour of the Land Rover BAR base for themselves and friends!
The World Championships were held in The Netherlands from 21-27 July. The International Regatta Centre in Medemblik hosted 177 boats from 17 nations, teams travelled from as far away as China, New Zealand, Hong Kong, and the USA, making this RS Feva World Championships the most international RS Feva event to date. PA was helpfully handing out water-tight smartphone pouches to all competitors, as well as Amazon vouchers to the overall champions! We also gave the event helpers some cool t-shirts to wear - showing all of the previous World Championships' details on the back! The Tournament was a close battle and came right down to the last race.
On 10 August, PA hosted a group of RS Feva UK National Champions, along with members of their families and friends, at the Land Rover BAR base in Portsmouth. The group got to have a private tour of the base with some of the Land Rover BAR team members, test their skills and abilities on the Tech Deck, as well as learn about the significant sustainability impacts of sailing! A great day was had by all:
"It was truly astonishing seeing how technical the boats were and to see how we affect the oceans so poorly. The best part was helming the virtual reality AC72 and we were very lucky to see the boat back in Portsmouth which Ben Ainslie helmed."
"The best part of the prize was definitely seeing the boats. The size of Land Rover BAR was bigger than I thought and with that the realisation of how many people it takes to put a campaign together. That was impressive."
"Amazing to see the boats, understand how they are designed and the rules around making a boat for the America's Cup. Chance of a lifetime experience."
PA has joined Land Rover BAR in their challenge to win the America’s Cup in 2017, through which we are donating our world-class technical expertise to strengthen Land Rover BAR’s bid to bring the America’s Cup home to Britain.
Land Rover BAR has core technical, design and engineering knowledge – but the broad sweep of modern scientific and technological advancement means there will always be opportunities from other industries. Together, PA and BAR have launched the Technical Innovation Group (TIG) to bring together the best of British industry to contribute to this unique technical and sporting challenge.
Our work in technology and innovation represents a unique combination of industry expertise and exceptional engineering capability. At our dedicated Global Innovation and Technology Centre in Cambridge, UK, we create lasting impact for clients through consumer-led innovation, cost optimisation and business model implementation. For much of our 70-year history, we have been responsible for the development of many ground-breaking products, the influence of which are still felt today – from award-winning micrometers to the original brushless servomotor, from 4G wireless test equipment to the world's first pre-filled disposable auto-injector.