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Eight Graduate New Marine Studies Course

Eight students have just graduated from “Introduction To The Marine Industry”, the first of four courses in the City & Guilds Level 2 Certificate in Marine Construction, Systems Engineering & Maintenance course. This is a new marine certification programme run by the H Lavity Stoutt Community College (HLSCC) and Nanny Cay Marina.

Golden Arc Expedition Stops At Nanny Cay

Hitting the beach at Nanny Cay marked the 695th mile of paddling for Durham University students George Parry and Will McMcCreadie. In a mission to raise funds and awareness for their Get Exploring Trust (GET), they are paddling completely unsupported 2,000 miles from Grenada to Miami on the Golden Arc Expedition.

200 Youths Benefit From KATSWIM Programme in 2015

200 children between the ages of 4 to 17 years in the BVI went through the 2015 Kids And The Sea Swim (KATSWIM) session which drew to a close on November 14. The weekly swimming classes were held every Saturday across two terms at the swimming pool at Nanny Cay. The first term took place May 2 – June 20 and the second term ran from September 5 – November 14 when certificates were awarded to the graduates of the different classes.

2015 Sloop Shootout goes to the Premier (Again); Martin Van Houten Honoured

Premier and Minister of Tourism, Hon. Dr. Orlando Smith, received his Great Festival Sloop Shootout trophy on the lawns of Nanny Cay last week for his victory in this year’s event. Director of the Virgin Islands Studies Institute at the HLSCC, Dr. Angel Smith, presented Premier Smith and his team with the award recognising his office’s seventh victory in 12 years.

Premier Collects Sloop Shootout Trophy

At a ceremony held on the lawns of the Nanny Cay Hotel, Premier, Dr. the Honourable D. Orlando Smith, OBE, received his trophy for winning this year’s "Island Sloop Sailing Festival Regatta Annual Festival Races". This event, started in 2004 and better known as the “Sloop Shootout”, pits the incumbent Premier and Governor against each in a regatta held in the traditional Tortola Sloops during the August Emancipation Festival.

Sailing for the Cure

Departing from Nanny Cay, Andrew Waters single-handedly sailed his IC-24 around the BVI on the weekend of May 19/20 to raise awareness of, and funds for, research into Vitiligo, a non-life-threatening but incurable skin pigmentation disorder that affects his 10-year old daughter. Some of the funds raised will also go towards the music programme at Cedar International School. To date, Andrew has raised more than $5,000.

The Sol Optimist Challenge

Eight teams took part in the The Sol Optimist Challenge held off the beach at Nanny Cay yesterday afternoon. A relay race with teams of three – comprised one racer, one beginner and one adult – was organized by Brian Duff, director of Sailing Development, Royal BVI Yacht Club (RBVIYC) to showcase the program. The format saw racers racing racers, beginners racing beginners and adults racing adults in the event which started Le Mans style and saw each participant rounding one or two marks off Nanny Cay, depending on their ability, before heading back to shore and tagging their team mate.

Collaborative KATS-RBVIYC Learn to Sail Program gets underway

RBVIYC Instructor, Omari Scott, introducing sailing terms to students before heading out on the waterOn Saturday September 22, the first collaborative Learn to Sail program between Kids And The Sea (KATS) and the Royal BVI Yacht Club (RBVIYC) started.  This 10-week introduction to sailing and water safety has been made possible by combining the efforts of both organisations which call Nanny Cay their home.

Brian Duff, director of sailing development at the RBVIYC, and Chris Ghiorse, executive director of KATS, have been talking for the past six months about how they could introduce more youth to sailing. 

“We wanted to create a program that could reach out and find students interested in learning to sail while, at the same time, providing a very economical solution to enable students to participate.  The result is the creation of this program we just started,” said Ghiorse.

Nanny Cay and Sol continue to support youth sailing

(L-R) Cameron McColl - owner Nanny Cay Resort and Marina, and Deborah Benjamin - country manager, Sol, present donation cheque for youth sailing to Chris Haycraft, commodore, Royal BVI Yacht Club pictured with club youth sailors.In a joint initiative with Sol, a contribution from every gallon of fuel sold at the Nanny Cay Marina fuel dock is made to the Royal BVI Yacht Club Youth Sailing Programme. During the BVI Spring Regatta Cameron McColl, owner of Nanny Cay Resort and Marina, and Deborah Benjamin, country manager, Sol, presented the next installment to Chris Haycraft, commodore, Royal BVI Yacht Club.

Also during the BVI Spring Regatta, Sol hosted junior sailors of the Royal BVI Yacht Club (RBVIYC) and raised $4000 through raffle ticket sales. The raffle is the largest annual fundraising effort undertaken by the club’s junior sailors and proceeds of the ticket sales will be used to purchase equipment for the youth sailing programme.