GJW Direct sponsor Autism On The Water’s “South Coast Adventure”

London, UK – 21st June, 2022: Today, GJW Direct are proud to be announced as the headline sponsor for Autism On The Water's (“AOTW”) brand-new 2022 campaign "The South Coast Adventure".

In the summer of 2022, Autism On The Water, supported by GJW Direct, are embarking on their biggest adventure to date, bringing their yachts to the south coast of the UK to provide opportunities for people with autism throughout local communities. The sponsorship comes at a crucial time for AOTW as demand for the charity’s services is opening up opportunities for it to grow its service provision in the south of England on a permanent basis.

 GJW Direct’s sponsorship is making a number of new events possible for the charity, as well as funding investment in their two yachts. AOTW’s Hunter 707 yacht has been refurbished and provided with new equipment, such as a new suit of sails to increase competitiveness. Meanwhile, AOTW’s Colvic Victor 34, “Confidence”, has undergone a full refit before starting the journey to the south of England in June.

Across the summer both yachts will travel from Scotland to Swanick and operate from the south coast to participate in the celebrated Round the Island Race and Cowes Week regattas. As part of AOTW’s work to support those with autism, Confidence will be providing free sailing outings to young people on the autistic spectrum as well as sponsors, supporters and special guests to help raise awareness.


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 Confidence at the temporary South Coast base generously donated by Universal Marina, Hamble

Murray MacDonald, Founding Trustee of Autism On The Water, commented:

“The partnership with GJW Direct to make the South Coast Adventure a reality is a major moment for Autism On the Water, becoming our biggest ever project.

“We are so grateful to GJW Direct for their incredible generosity in supporting the South Coast Adventure and playing a crucial role in helping those with autism. Every pound invested goes a huge way to making the lives of people across the country happier and more enjoyable.

“We are so excited to bring our work from Scotland down to the South of England, opening the door to a longer-term service in this major part of the country.”

 Lev Osman, Managing Director at GJW Direct, commented:


“We are delighted and proud to be supporting Autism On the Water, a charity that goes above and beyond to help and improve the lives of people with autism.


“We are really excited that Autism on the Water is expanding to provide life changing experiences for children in the South of England, and we look forward to what should be a brilliant and outstanding south coast adventure.”


As part of the South Coast Adventure, Autism on The Water will be in attendance at:

Round The Island Race: 25th June http://www.roundtheisland.org.uk/

Classic Cowes Week 25th June – 1st July https://www.cowesclassicsweek.org/

Cowes Week 30th July – 5th August http://www.cowesweek.co.uk/

About Autism On The Water


Founded by Murray MacDonald, Autism On The Water (AOTW) is a registered charity dedicated to increasing awareness of the autistic spectrum through sailing and boating in general. Murray has autism – a lifelong developmental condition which affects how people communicate and interact with the world as they see it. One in 100 people are autistic and there is estimated to be around 700,000 autistic adults and children across the United Kingdom.

Autism On The Water also aims to encourage autistic people to access sailing which can help increase confidence, problem-solving and social skills. AOTW aim to demonstrate that there are no barriers to stop or prevent the sport of sailing from being accessible to all.

Throughout its operations, the charity has helped over 120 autistic people access sailing whether as a simple sailing outing or a relaxed trip through the beautiful Crinan Canal in the Argyllshire district of Scotland.

About GJW Direct


GJW Direct have specialised in Marine Insurance for over 195 years. In fact we can trace our roots back to 1826; our experience means when you insure your boat with us you’re in safe hands.


The company is proud to support Autism On The Water, adding to our longstanding support of other worthy causes within the sailing industry such as the RNLI.


When you deal with GJW Direct you are dealing direct with your insurer. You have direct access to specialists and what’s more we offer one of the most comprehensive Boat Insurance policies available at a very competitive price, plus a fast and efficient service and great peace of mind.


You can trust our expertise and strength. GJW Direct is a member of one of the world’s largest insurance groups, Munich Re, assuring you of excellent financial security and leaving you free to enjoy your boating with nothing to worry about but the weather.   

Further information


Please contact:


Carole Thomas, Digital Marketing Manager, GJW Direct, cthomas@mucnihre.com 


Blake Gray, FGS Global, Blake.gray@fgsglobal.com


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