Butterfield Bank has generously sponsored three youth sailing boats at the Cayman Islands Sailing Club.
Butterfield has sponsored three ‘Bytes’ and its company logos adorn the sails of the popular dinghies.
The late Pete O’Neill, Project Manager at Butterfield Bank and a keen sailor, helped to arrange the sponsorship.
Young local sailors have been trying out the Butterfield-sponsored Bytes in recent weeks and have been hugely impressed.
‘I love the Byte because it is fast,’ said Oliver Fogerty.
‘The Byte is a good boat. It is difficult to sail so it teaches us advanced sailing skills,’ said Hugo McErlean.
Fellow Byte sailor Taylor Gibbins added: ‘The Byte is a popular boat for female sailors and I can’t wait to compete against other girls from around the world.’
The CISC is optimistic that it can help youngsters to develop into possible future Olympic sailors and follow in the footsteps of those Caymanians who have proudly represented the country at past Summer Games.
The emphasis is on fun – lots of fun – but also on skill progression and seamanship.
Students are able to achieve certification as they progress through various skill levels.
Michael Weber, the Director of Sailing, said: ‘The Byte is an excellent high performance youth boat. Our young sailors enjoy learning to sail the Byte and we look forward to sending them to some international competitions.
He added: ‘We are grateful for Butterfield Bank’s generous support for youth sailing.’
Local schools are increasingly involved with sailing and in recognition of the increasingly close partnership between government schools and the club, the government has increased its financial support of the club.
‘Sailing as a sport teaches discipline and teamwork, improves self-esteem and confidence and encourages the development of maturity and responsibility,’ said Andrew Moon, the Commodore of the CISC.
He added that he was extremely grateful to Butterfield and the CISC’s other corporate sponsors for supporting the youth sailing programme.
Butterfield’s support represents another boost to the fast-growing club and associated National Sailing Centre, the national authority for sailing in the Cayman Islands.
This year alone, the Club has more than doubled the size of its fleet to comprise two rescue boats, seven Picos, seven Bytes, four Fevas, four Lasers, four Optimists and a J22.
In addition, the CISC Clubhouse will shortly gain a new extension to provide a covered teaching area and additional storage capacity as well as an enhanced viewing platform for people wishing to watch the sailing on the North Sound.
Next week, from 26-30 October, the CISC will play host to the inaugural J22 International Regatta, sponsored by KPMG.
For further information about the CISC, including sponsorship opportunities and details on the youth programme, either visit www.sailing.ky or contact Club Administrator Heather Bradley on 947 7913 or at [email protected].