Cayman to showcase Olympic spirit

The 2010 Youth Olympic Games will be held in Singapore from 14-26 August 2010 and the Cayman Islands Sailing Club has been chosen to host the North American, Central American and Caribbean regional qualifying event for the Youth Olympic Games Sailing Regatta in the Byte C11 Dinghy class.

This event will take place in North Sound on 10- 15 March.

The Singapore 2010 Youth Olympic Games will involve around 5,000 athletes and officials from the 205 National Olympic Committees, along with an estimated 800 media representatives, 20,000 local and international volunteers, and more than 500,000 spectators.

Young athletes – aged between 14 and 18 years – will compete in 26 sports and take part in Culture and Educational Programmes.

The club is excited to be the host of such a prestigious sailing event for youth sailors which will be run alongside the highly successful J/22 International Invitational event and become Race Cayman 2010.

The regatta will attract up to 100 sailors plus coaches and families to Cayman in two months’ time and the organising committee is working hard to make sure the event will be a huge success.

Cayman youth sailors are already preparing with a number of training programmes well under way.

Registered sailors to date include competitors from Canada, Jamaica, Barbados, Bermuda, Netherland Antilles, St Lucia, BVI, USVI, Netherland Antilles, Spain, Dominican Republic and Guatemala in addition to J22 teams from Bahamas, Bermuda, UK and Jamaica.

‘We are most grateful to the Cayman Islands Government Ministry of Health, Education, Youth, Sport and Culture along with the Cayman Islands Olympic Committee who have both given their full support to this Youth Olympic Regatta and are major sponsors’, said Regatta Organiser, Jane Moon.

‘In addition we thank the corporate sponsors who are supporting us and contributing to this prestigious sailing event.’

Sponsorship opportunities are available including title sponsorship and individual or multiple boat sponsorship packages. Volunteer are also needed both on and off the water.