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Check out Kai in Australia with the Emirates GB SailGP team

23rd Feb 2024

The Emirates Great Britain SailGP Team is preparing for action ahead of the KPMG Australia Sail Grand Prix on the iconic Sydney Harbour. 

The Sydney SailGP event is a milestone for Emirates GBR, as it marks the beginning of their brand new internship programme with GCA.

This came about because Mr Holt expressed to Emirates GBR how difficult it is to find long-term paid internships in the marine industry for students. The team wanted to help change that so Emirates GBR and GCA have worked together to create a programme that is more accessible to young people, and that also covers their travel, accommodation and expenses. 

The first intern for this new programme is Kai, Young Skipper of the Year at Cowes Week in 2023. Despite his success, there was a lack of opportunities available to Kai in the marine industry. Kai has now joined Emirates GBR in Sydney for the KPMG Australia SailGP and has been working with the team's shore crew to gain experience in boat handling, maintenance and all that goes into preparing an F50 for racing. 

Emirates GBR CEO Sir Ben Ainslie said: "We are all excited at the potential of our new internship programme and it's great to have Kai with us in Sydney. We want to make these development opportunities much more accessible to a wider group of people and we hope this internship programme will help level the playing field for young people accessing the industry." 

Kai said: "I've been having a great experience so far, all of the team members are very welcoming and I'm learning a lot. The scale of it is different to anything I've done before. I'm super excited to be here in Sydney and also heading to Christchurch with the team, I haven't been to Australia or New Zealand before so the opportunity is outstanding." 

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