Electrical contractors Corporate Electric has sponsored the latest addition to the Cayman Islands Sailing Club’s ever-expanding youth sailing fleet.
Corporate Electric’s name adorns the hull of one of the CISC’s brand-new Optimists, a small sailboat specially designed for children.
‘We feel fortunate to be a sponsor in such a significant youth programme, especially as it is in keeping with Cayman’s seafaring tradition,’ said Mike Auld of Corporate Electric.
The Corporate Electric Optimist is one of seven such sailboats that have been recently acquired by the CISC.
The club wants to build a large ‘Opti’ fleet to help young children learn to race.
The idea is that a Cayman Islands Optimist team will travel to regattas around the world to compete against other countries. The team’s first regatta will be the Caribbean Optimist
Championships in the British Virgin Islands in June.
The ‘Opti’ is a popular boat sailed in more than 110 countries by over 150,000 young people. It is the only dinghy approved by the International Sailing Federation exclusively for sailors under 16 years of age.
At the sailing regatta for the Athens Olympics in 2004, a survey found that over 60% of the skippers and 70% of the medal-winning skippers were former Optimist sailors.
‘Corporate Electric has helped us realise our goal of building an Optimist fleet in the Cayman Islands,’ said Mr Mike Weber, the CISC’s Sailing Director.
‘This is a huge step in our development. We have a world-class sailing location, high-quality
instruction and coaching, and now we have the proper boats. ‘We believe that young people in Cayman have a better chance at excelling in sailing at the international level than any other sport.
‘I am extremely grateful that Corporate Electric is part of our team of sponsors who also see this potential.’
Corporate Electric’s support for youth sailing represents another boost to CISC and associated National Sailing Centre, the national authority for sailing in the Cayman Islands.
During the last 12 months, thanks largely to the support of Corporate Electric 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, seven Optimists, four Fevas, four Lasers and a J22, while the size of its membership has 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.
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].