Simpson Bay, St. Maarten – October 10, 2023
The Sint Maarten Yacht Club is thrilled to announce the highly anticipated restart of its Primary School Sailing Program following the summer break. Scheduled to recommence in September 2023, the program is set to welcome 48 aspiring sailors between 9 and 11 years old, from four schools: Leonard Connor Primary School, Sister Regina Primary School, Seventh Day Adventist School, and the All Children Educated Foundation.
The Primary School Sailing Program, a flagship initiative of the Sint Maarten Yacht Club, aims to introduce young Sint Maarten youth to the promising world of sailing, fostering a love for the sea and nautical activities while teaching important life skills such as teamwork, discipline, and environmental awareness.
“We’re excited to welcome a new cohort of enthusiastic young sailors from Leonard Connor Primary School, Sister Regina Primary School, Seventh Day Adventist School, and the All Children Educated Foundation,” said Saskia Revelman, Manager at the Sint Maarten Yacht Club. “Our team has been working hard during the summer break to enhance the program and tailor the curriculum, to give the new sailors the best experience possible. The Marine Industry is the second biggest industry on Sint Maarten, it is so important to introduce the next generation into this industry at a young age”, Revelman continued.
The selection of 48 new sailors will enjoy free weekly sailing classes for the period of 1 year. The first 6 weeks of the program the SMYC’s ‘Swim 2 Sail Program’ is included. This program creates water – confidence by all students, teaching them how to move on the dock and in the water. A critical skill when practicing the sport of sailing.
The Primary School Sailing Program is made possible by a subsidy from the Sint Maarten Government; sport department, and donations from individuals and the following businesses: Lagoon Marina, the Gustavia Yacht Club, ICE (Independent Consulting Engineers) and T-Maxx t-shirts. The Yacht Club is extremely grateful for the support of the community to make this program reality.
For further information about the Primary School Sailing Program and other initiatives by the Sint Maarten Yacht Club, please visit smyc.com/primary-school-program or contact Saskia@Smyc.com.
Source: Sint Maarten Yacht Club