On 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.
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.