A SUMMER SERIES FOR YOUTH SAILORS IN WA
The WA Tour will see a series of five events, targeted to youth sailors, sailed over thee 2020/21 Season in Western Australia. The WA Tour is structured as a series with aggregated scoring, overall prize money and handicaps to encourage fierce competition, dedication, hard work and skill development for local youth sailors during this irregular Perth summer.
NOTE: Notice of Races and additional information for each Swan River Sailing managed WA Tour Event will be available in early November 2020.
WA TOUR EVENTS
THE DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM
COVID-19 has disrupted ‘business as usual’ for many youth sailors, and as a Western Australian based not-for-profit organisation, Swan River Sailing has a constitutional purpose to run sailing events which benefit the region and its’ community.
In Season 2020/21, Swan River Sailing, supported by the Warren Jones Foundation, will hold the ‘WA Tour’ with an attached development program. This is a series of events for local youth sailors to participate in over summer with the development program adding an extra element of commitment, discipline and skill development for those who wish to take up the challenge.
The aim is for the WA Tour & Development Program to fill the void of this summer sailing season where it is not ‘business as usual’ and to continue the development and pathways for local youth sailors for life beyond COVID-19, on and off the water.
View the Participant Prospectus to read all the information on the WA Tour & Development Program. This includes key dates, participant requirements, eligibility and more.
APPLY FOR THE PROGRAM
Read the Participant Prospectus and want to apply for the Development Program? Click the button now to fill in on the online application form. Applications are open from 11 September and close
9 16 October 2020.
THE WARREN JONES STORY
Warren Jones of “Australia II” fame died suddenly on 17th May, 2002. His sudden and untimely death was a bitter blow to his many friends throughout Australia and around the World.
Warren made a fabulous contribution to local and international yachting with perhaps his greatest achievement occurring in September 1983, when as Alan Bond’s lieutenant, he led a group of Australian yachtsmen to victory to win the 1983 Americas Cup from the New York Yacht Club for the first time in 132 years of competition.
This feat brought Australia to the forefront of international sailing competition.
Warren also became one of Australia’s leading businessmen and community leaders and played a big role in the development of young sailors. He had a down to earth nature, enormous amounts of energy, a competitive spirit, great courage and determination to reach his goals and was always ready to give
the younger generation his words of wisdom and moral support.
The aim of the yachting regatta, named in Warren Jones’ memory and started by his many friends and associates, is to give a new generation of yachtsmen and women the chance to live their dreams – just as Warren did his.
The Warren Jones Regatta trophy was gifted by the “Australia II” Jubilee Committee who was awarded the New York Yacht Club’s trophy in recognition of “Australia II’s” achievement as being the “Greatest Benefit to the Sport in 150 years of the America’s Cup”.
The “Australia II” Jubilee Committee decided that the Warren Jones International Youth Regatta could use this prestigious award as a perpetual trophy for the event, named after Warren Jones, in a similar way that the America syndicate in 1851 was awarded their 100 Guinea’s Cup now called the ‘America’s Cup’ for future generations to race for.
In 2021, with the impacts of the COVID-19 global pandemic, the Warren Jones Foundation have decided that after 18 editions, the Warren Jones International Youth Regatta will be taking a break in 2021, but, it will be back.
In 2021, the Warren Jones Foundation will continue their ethos and purpose in Warren’s memory by supporting the WA Tour & Development Program to aid in the development of local youth sailors and support them in achieving their goals on and off the water.