UKSA, previously the UK Sailing Academy, is a charity based in Cowes, on the Isle of Wight.

UKSA logoToday UKSA’s charitable work is split into four areas:

  • – Training for maritime employment
  • – Non-standard education for school age children
  • – Building essential life and work skills
  • – Adventure and personal challenge

Their patron is HRH The Princess Royal. Dame Ellen MacArthur; Shirley Robertson OBE and Hilary Lister are all Ambassadors for the charity.

Below are the article that OnTheWight has published about UKSA.

30 new graduates from UKSA’s Superyacht Cadetship course ready for work

UKSA graduation

Almost half the graduates from UKSA's Superyacht Cadetship course have already secured work, with 37 per cent having had their courses paid for by donors

Friday, 30th April, 2021 9:29am

By Chloe Buchanan

Work to begin on UKSA’s new £3.7m centre in Cowes

Artist impression of UKSA Building

Over £3.7m has been raised to build the new accommodation centre which will enable an additional 3,000 children and young people to visit UKSA each year

Thursday, 4th February, 2021 6:20pm

By Chloe Buchanan with one comment

WightFibre Star Wars charity event raises over £4,500 for UKSA

star wars donations to uksa

The money goes to UKSA to fund their ‘Test the Water’ programme offering Year Six Island children a chance to spend half a day at UKSA taking part in a sailing or watersports session.

Thursday, 8th February, 2018 10:03am

By Dale Howarth

Over £4,500 raised for UKSA at WightFibre Charity Star Wars Premiere

star wars premiere

The charity premiere event raised 50% more than the first event that took place in 2015, bringing on over £4,500 for Isle of Wight charity, UKSA.

Friday, 15th December, 2017 5:35pm

By Dale Howarth

UKSA boss, Richard Thornton, leaving for the New Year (Updated)

richard thornton

Word reached OnTheWight yesterday that Richard Thornton was leaving UKSA. They've now confirmed to us he'll be leaving for the New Year.

Tuesday, 17th November, 2015 12:25pm

By Sally Perry with 2 readers' comments

UCAS Accreditation for unique UKSA Degree Course

UKSA Buildings

Cowes youth charity UKSA has become the first yacht training establishment to secure UCAS Accreditation on a professional maritime course.

Thursday, 9th January, 2014 11:45am

By Lori Little with one comment

UKSA receives funding boost from Police Commissioner

UKSA Boats

UKSA was the only IW organisation to benefit from the Police Commissioner’s £138,000 Protecting People and Places fund.

Wednesday, 11th December, 2013 11:53am

By Lori Little with one comment

£50,000 grant helps heats UKSA ‘green’ swimming pool

UKSA Swimming pool

This is the first of its kind to be installed on the Island. The £50,000 grant helped UKSA as well as the Island company who fitted it.

Wednesday, 4th December, 2013 10:06am

By Lori Little

Redundancy risk for staff at UKSA

UKSA Buildings

UKSA say they expect the redundancies to affect 10% of their permanent workforce.

Monday, 1st July, 2013 11:48am

By Sally Perry with 11 readers' comments

Earn your Duke of Edinburgh Award at UKSA

Teens sailing:

UKSA is looking for new recruits for the Cowes Duke of Edinburgh (DofE) Award as the current group have completed their programme.

Monday, 3rd June, 2013 7:47am

By Lori Little

Twelve weeks of team building with the Prince’s Trust

Princes Trust Awards:

How encouraging to hear these nine young people making a positive change in their lives. Best of luck to them all in the future.

Monday, 15th April, 2013 7:23am

By Suzanne Whitewood

UKSA alumni win place in Clipper Round the World Yacht Race

Clipper team:

Best of luck to all those taking part in the race, it should be an amazing experience.

Wednesday, 10th April, 2013 3:40pm

By Lori Little