A significant new facility at the Cayman Islands Sailing Club (CISC) has received its official opening.
In front of assembled club members and invited dignitaries, the Pete O’Neill youth training centre was formally unveiled to the sailing public.
This extension to the CISC clubhouse is where Cayman’s young sailors receive expert tuition from the club’s team of instructors before heading out on to the water. It is named for the late Mr O’Neill, a keen sailor who died last year.
A fundraising event organised by Mr O’Neill’s former employer, Butterfield Bank, and held at the club earlier this year raised the funds to pay for the new facility.
Among those in attendance at the official opening were Mr Joel Frances, the Assistant Secretary in the Ministry of Sports, Mr Conor O’Dea, the managing director of Butterfield Bank (Cayman Islands), and Mr Andrew Moon, the Commodore of the CISC.
The facility, a purpose-built extension to the CISC clubhouse, is the centrepiece of efforts to train Cayman’s representative sailors of the future. Approximately 300 schoolchildren from a range of local schools use it every week as part of their physical education classes.
It also provides an office for the Sailing Director, Mr Mike Weber, and his team of sailing coaches.
In addition, the facility will provide additional storage space to protect boats and sailing equipment in the event of a tropical storm or hurricane.
Mr Weber said he was thrilled that the facility was open and up-and-running. ‘As time goes on, we are focusing more and more on training and development at the CISC, and the Pete O’Neill youth training facility will help us deliver on this ambition,’ he said.