The SVG Sailing Association said it has successfully completed a seven week sailing program which covered Petit Bordel and the Blue Lagoon Marina on mainland St Vincent, Bequia, Mustique, Canouan, Mayreau, and Union Island.
The Association says in a release that more than 70 new and experienced sailors took part in the camps, clinics and racing events organized by the Vincy Sailing coaching team.
The Association states its commitment to a program that teaches sailing skills within the communities.
The main aim is to have fun, but also to discover talent, be it to represent SVG in international competitions or to gain vocational qualifications for careers in the yachting industry, the release explains.
At Blue Lagoon, Mayreau and Bequia, which have established youth sailing clubs, the coaches worked to encourage better techniques, help with rigging and to develop new racing tactics.
For Petit Bordel, Mustique, Canouan and Union Island it was a chance to practice basic sailing skills and it took no time at all to have these young Vincentians sailing the boats.
“We are continually spotting talented young people who we can develop into the next instructors, yacht crew or international athletes,” said president of the Association, Jenny Trumble.
“It is fantastic to see the growth in the programme and we will be encouraging these young sailors to carry on learning, training and competing together.”
It is the second year that the programme has been held.
It was supported by Barefoot Yacht Charters, the Bryan Adams Foundation, Kestrel Worldwide Shipping and the SVG National Olympic Committee.
The next SVG Sailing Association event is a fun regatta carded for the Blue Lagoon Marina on September, 10.