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.

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Sol and Nanny Cay support optimistic season for youth sailors in the BVI as new coach joins Royal BVI Yacht Club

Deborah Benjamin (far left), country manager for Sol presents support cheques to Brian Duff, a volunteer of the Royal BVI Yacht Club youth sailing programme as young sailors and new sailing instructor/coach, Omari Scott (front right), show their approval.The Royal BVI Sailing Club (RBVIYC) youth sailors welcomed new instructor and coach, Omari Scott, to his first junior programme session on Saturday, October 1 at Nanny Cay. To mark the occasion, Deborah Benjamin, country manager for Sol, attended the post-lesson debrief and gave a monetary donation to Brian Duff, one of the many volunteers who help to run the youth sailing programme. The donation is part of the company’s agreement to support the RBVIYC junior sailing programme in conjunction with Nanny Cay Marina.

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RBVIYC Dinghy Championships 2011

RBVIYC 2011 Dinghy Championships prize giving at Nanny CayA whopping 36 sailors signed up for the RBVIYC annual dinghy championships held April 30/May 1 out of home base Nanny Cay. 

Regatta organizer, Richard Wooldridge was over the moon to see such a strong turnout with nearly half of the competitors traveling from St. Thomas and St. Croix. Richard explained: “We had 18 sailors in the Optimist ‘Green’ fleet, half of them from the USVI. You can always judge how healthy a sailing program is by looking at the Green fleet where they are just starting to learn some racing moves. It was great to see these youngsters meet and bump into each-other for the first time, they were having a ball!”

The Optimists raced inside Sea Cow’s Bay because the Sir Francis Drake Channel was way too rough for beginners.

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BVI youth sailors get set to sail with help from Nanny Cay and Sol

Click to enlargeNanny Cay and Sol Petroleum were pleased to make their first financial contribution to the Royal BVI Yacht Club (RBVIYC) junior sailing programme. Nanny Cay boatyard manager, Keith LiGreci and country manager for Sol, Deborah Benjamin, recently joined the young sailors at Nanny Cay beach to present them with the first quarterly installment. Earlier this year, the two businesses had agreed to make a contribution to the RBVIYC from every gallon of fuel sold at the Nanny Cay marina.

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RBVIYC Youth Sailing Programme fundraising throughout Regatta

Sol Petroleum is hosting the Royal BVI Yacht Club (RBVIYC) Youth Sailing Programme at its tent in the Regatta Village during the BVI Spring Regatta.

The RBVIYC raffle is one of the biggest revenue producers for the junior sailing programme. This year there are two major prizes that appeal to the international visitors as well as to the resident community. Sol has donated one of the two grand prizes for the traditional, junior sailors fundraising raffle.  The winner of the Sol prize will enjoy a skippered charter on a Moorings 40 (3 cabins / 2 heads) for six days and five nights.  The other prize is a week’s stay for two people at the Bitter End Yacht Club valued at $6,000.

Tickets are $20 each and will be on sale at the Nanny Cay Chandlery and at the Bitter End Yacht Club in the run up to the opening of the Village. Tickets will also be on sale at the Sol tent at the Village and watch out for the junior sailors selling tickets in the Regatta Village.

As well as selling raffle tickets, the RBVIYC will be signing up resident and international individuals and families for membership of the sailing club.

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BVI Spring Regatta 40th anniversary stamps unveiled by Government

At a ceremony held at Peg Legs Restaurant on Tuesday, Government, with the BVI Spring Regatta and Sailing Festival Committee, kicked-off the 40th anniversary celebrations of the internationally renowned BVI Spring Regatta with an unveiling of a new set of stamps commemorating the four decades of the event.

Governor Boyd McCleary, who is also the Principal of the Royal BVI Yacht Club, congratulated the organisers of the regatta on their anniversary, adding that: “The BVI Spring Regatta and Festival is a major opportunity for the Virgin Islands to sell itself to the wider yachting world and to demonstrate that the Territory remains the sailing capital of the world.”

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Nanny Cay and Sol team up to benefit RBVIYC Junior Sailing Programme

Nanny Cay has teamed up with Sol Petroleum a pilot scheme to raise funds for the Royal British Virgin Islands Yacht Club (RBVIYC) Junior Sailing Programme. The collaboration between the two businesses, which is retroactive from January 1, 2011, facilitates the collection of a donation from every gallon of fuel sold at the marina. The monies will be paid over to the RBVIYC each month and will be used to advance the development of the programme for the young sailors of the territory.

Guy Phoenix, captain of sailing at the RBVIYC, approached Sol and Nanny Cay Resort and Marina to solicit support for the programme. The companies agreed to benefit the not-for-profit organization by a synergic approach based on their existing relationship as supplier/distributor. The RBVIYC is in the process of expanding the scheme to include other marinas offering Sol fuels.

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RBVIYC Youth Sailing Programme going great guns

Click to enlargeThe Royal BVI Yacht Club’s Youth Sailing Programme, which is now based at Nanny Cay, is roaring away under the watchful eye of Richard Wooldridge and an army of volunteers. Sailing takes place every Saturday morning either off the beach when it’s calm or in Sea Cows Bay if it’s windy using a newly built raft as a base.

Slideshow after the break…

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Movember in the BVI

Movember (the month formerly known as November) is a moustache growing charity event held during November each year that raises funds and awareness for men’s health and in particular Prostate Cancer.  Prostate Cancer is the second largest killer cancer of males after lung cancer, despite having a 90% success rate of being treated successfully when diagnosed. 

Movember BVI is now well underway and all monies raised go towards Prostate screening and men’s health issues in the BVI. 

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Youth Sailing programme moves to Nanny Cay

RBVYC Optis on Nanny Cay beach – click to enlargeThe Royal BVI Yacht Club has moved its Youth Sailing programme to the beach at Nanny Cay  and we’re very pleased to have them here.

“Fundamental to the renewed programme this year was reaching agreement with Nanny Cay and making their facility our new home,” said Richard Wooldridge.  “The beach will provide a safe and exciting area for the kids and parents alike.  Nanny Cay will also create more space for the storing of the Optimists and Lasers.”

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