Parents turn to ride the waves

Building on the success of previous
open days, the Cayman Islands Sailing Club will be running a free family day
this Sunday.

It is from 1-5pm and the club is
inviting the public to attend. No registration is required, just go to the club
in the afternoon and enjoy the free sailing.

The club will provide free boat
rentals, food and drinks all afternoon. The free rental boats will include some
brand new Picos which are just under 12 foot long and are ideal for learning how
to sail. The theme is ‘Bring a parent sailing’ and children are encouraged to
take their family and friends sailing.

Sailing director, Michael Weber,
said the idea was inspired by a similar event. “I saw a poster titled ‘Bring a
kid sailing’ which encouraged adults to introduce young people to the sport. I
thought that we could play on that and instead have kids bring their parents.”

Weber said that the busy youth
programme, which sees hundreds of children learning to sail every year, means
that there are youths who have parents that don’t know how to sail. “This is a
great time for kids to take mum or dad sailing, teach them what they know, and
then get involved in the sailing club.”

Weber also noted that the open days
will run monthly for the rest of the year as part of the club’s plan to
increase public awareness of its facility. 

This Sunday 19 September is also
the final day of racing in the Governor’s Cup, the annual J/22 regatta. This
two day event will see the majority of the J/22 fleet competing for this prized
trophy and will be a great opportunity for spectators to watch the boats racing
in front of the sailing club and see the spectacle of the competitors and their
boats coming ashore after the racing. Some of the competitors and other club
members will be available to show visitors the J/22 yacht and answer questions
about sailing and racing the boat.

The sailing club is located in Red
Bay. Take Selkirk road, just after Hurley’s supermarket and follow the CISC
signs.

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information, email [email protected]

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