Bequia Youth Sailors : Young Island

12th November 2012
Bequia Youth Sailors
Young Island regatta to raise awareness





The Bequia Youth Sailors spent the day yesterday hold an informal regatta at the stunning exclusive resort, Young Island, St Vincent to help raise the awareness of their project, supported by local businesses and the Governor General, Sir Frederick Ballantyne.

The charity was setup and is supported by local Bequia businessman, Andy Mitchell who along with a number of others on the island are bringing sailing within reach of the local school children.

The children are started in the Optimists, which are an Internationally Acclaimed Class of small sailing boat. Bequia Youth Sailors have taken part in a number of regional regattas, with excellent results. The young people then move up to the local Bequia boats, the Double-enders, which are inherently unstable, as they have no keel and very large sail areas, which makes them more challenging to sail.





The regatta at Young Island was held to raise the awareness of the charity and its work and highlight the need for further funds to keep the projects expanding.

Simon, the base manager at Sunsail St Vincent and one of the major supporters of the project was there to see his support in action as the local Optimists boats proudly show the Sunsail logo on their sails.

Mr Ballantyne lent his political influence and support to the day to encourage the local press to attend and cover this great local project.

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