Created: 10 Mar 2016 14:25
Updated: 23 Aug 2017 10:29

From our friends at the RYA:

The RYA Sail for Gold Ball is back!

 Usually a celebration of US independence, this 4th July will see the British sailing community come together in London to celebrate the sailors of the Olympic and Paralympic teams striving to sail for gold at Rio 2016.

The Sail for Gold Ball, held only in each Olympic year, serves as both a British Sailing Team fundraiser and a celebratory send-off for the selected Games sailors, this time on their way to Rio in pursuit of gold in their respective 10 Olympic and three Paralympic events.

This year the Ball will be delighted to welcome new patrons Iain Percy OBE and Adam & Sarah Gosling OBE who join long term supporters Sir Charles Dunstone, David & Patsy Franks, Richard Matthews, Barry & Fianne Stanford, and David Tydeman among others.

Special guests from the worlds of commerce, politics, the arts and the media are expected to join patrons, corporate partners, supporters and the team in this unique celebration of British Sailing.  Funds raised from the Ball help to support future generations of British Sailing talent achieve their medal-winning ambitions.

Under new management for 2016, the Ball will be held at the London Hilton on Park Lane on 4th July and is shaping up to be a fantastic night.  Combining established traditions with new and updated aspects to the night, it’s one not to miss.

“We’re excited and honoured to be delivering this event on behalf of the RYA and are committed to delivering a very special night for the team and their supporters,” commented Event Director Julia Phillips. “With Rio as a destination we’ve been able to have some fun with the entertainment whilst also preparing a fitting celebration for the British team,”

Tickets and partnership opportunities are now available either directly from the website or by contacting Kate Mardel-Ferreira on 07940 806505 or

Secure your table now!

For media enquiries, please contact:
Lindsey Bell
RYA Team GBR Communications Manager
T: 023 80 604216

M: 07900 570530



For Ball enquiries, please contact:

Kate Mardel-Ferreira

Sail for Gold Ball 2016

M: 07940 806505



Notes for Editors:

The British Sailing Team in the Olympic and Paralympic Classes is managed by the Royal Yachting Association (RYA)

The RYA is the national governing body for all forms of sailing, windsurfing, and powerboat racing, and is recognised by all government offices as being the negotiating body for the activities it represents. It continually fights for the rights and freedoms of its 102,000 personal members, the majority of whom choose to go afloat for purely recreational non-competitive pleasure on coastal and inland waters.

It represents a further estimated 500,000 boat owners nationally through its 1600 affiliated clubs and boat owner associations.

Olympic and Youth sailing is a beneficiary of the Lottery funded World Class Programmes (WCP) and administered by the Sports Councils. The Programmes focus on performance sport with the aim of achieving sporting excellence on the world stage. Further information can be found on the UK Sport website at and Sport England’s website at
Further information can be found at

Volvo and Sailing
Volvo began its global association with sailing in 1997, since then Volvo Car UK has sponsored sailing in the UK from the grass roots to the elite pinnacle of the sport. They have developed a sponsorship portfolio that includes Team Volvo, silver level sponsor of the British Sailing Team, RYA Volvo Team GBR, the Volvo Gill Optimist Championships, RS Class Associations and are the Official Car supplier to Aberdeen Asset Management Cowes Week. All the UK sponsorships support the pinnacle of Volvo’s global sponsorship, The Volvo Ocean Race.

Date and time

Mon, 04 Jul 2016 19:00
 Non-members welcome