Digicel sponsors youth sailing at CISC

Digicel’s support for local sports has expanded to include generous backing for the fast-growing Cayman Islands Sailing Club (CISC).

The pan-Caribbean phone giant has sponsored a Byte dinghy, a boat used by members of the Cayman Islands Youth Sailing team, who are working towards their first international competition in summer 2007, the Byte World Championship in Asia.

The Digicel Byte carries the logo of the sponsor on each side of its hull as well as on the sail.

‘Digicel has helped us to offer our young sailors a great training boat for high performance sailing,’ said Michael Weber, the CISC’s Director of Sailing. ‘The Byte is fast and challenging. Our young sailors will be able to transfer the skills they learn in the Byte to future Olympic class sailboats.’

JD Buckley, the CEO of Digicel Cayman, said ‘Digicel is delighted to be one of the major sponsors of the Cayman Islands Sailing Club. We are honoured to be a part of such a rewarding and valuable community programme that targets the development of our youth.

‘The CISC has worked tremendously hard to build a programme that caters specifically to the youth, especially one which encourages international exposure through a variety of competitions.

‘Digicel would like to wish the team the best of luck in competing in the Byte World Championship scheduled to take place this summer in Asia and we look forward to many more exciting and challenging competitions in the near future,’ Mr Buckley added.

Digicel’s support for sailing represents another boost to CISC and associated National Sailing Centre, the national authority for sailing in the Cayman Islands.

Last year, thanks largely to the support of Digicel and other players in the local business community, the club 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, while the size of its membership increased by about 30%.

‘The club’s future growth will be from the youth of these Islands. We are grateful to our sponsors and their good citizenship for providing funds which enable the club to meet its obligations,’ said Andrew Moon, the Commodore of the CISC.

Digicel’s support for the CISC’s youth programme marks another important milestone in the telecommunications company’s backing of local sports in the Cayman Islands and throughout the Caribbean region.

Away from the more sedate pleasures of sailing on the North Sound, Digicel is the major sponsor of the East End Surf Challenge, the annual jet-ski event held over January’s Heroes Weekend.

In soccer, the phone company co-sponsored the FC International Football Camps last summer; hosts the Digicel Cayman Cup tournament; and also provides support to youth football programmes. Regionally, Digicel is the primary sponsor of the Digicel Caribbean Cup.

In basketball, Digicel is the major sponsor of the CI Basketball Association, the Filipino Basketball Tournament last year, played at the Digicel Court, and also supports women’s basketball.

The company is also well known as the lead sponsor of West Indies cricket since 2004.

For further information about the CISC, including sponsorship opportunities and details on the youth sailing programme, either visit www.sailing.ky or contact Club Administrator Heather Bradley on 947 7913 or at [email protected]