Foiling Initiatives and Participation Pathways

Only a few years ago foiling may have seemed out of reach for most club sailors, but now it is one of the fastest growing disciplines we’ve seen in years. The Olympic Sailing program now has 50% of all medals in foiling classes. Outside of the Olympics, foiling classes now represent the bulk of modern professional sailing options, as well as becoming commonplace in non-competitive environments and the mainstream format of modern sailing. It won’t replace more traditional forms of sailing craft, but foiling is here to stay, it is a lot of fun, and it has already been embraced by parts of the sailing community.

Australian Sailing’s National Pathway Lead, Sarah Ogilvie provides an update on her work within building Club Sailing Pathways to facilitate retention and participation options for sailing participation and growth.