Sailing has increased in participation in schools in recent years and, thanks to a cash boost by a top law firm, it looks set to become even more popular.
Maples and Calder has donated $3,000 to assist the Cayman Islands Sailing Club in purchasing a new sailboat to be used in their government schools programme.
The government schools programme provides training at no cost to students attending government schools across Grand Cayman.
The programme runs in 5 to 6 week sessions, with six rotations per year. Groups of 12 to 24 students receive training four days a week, with lessons lasting up to two hours per class. All training is at the Cayman Islands Sailing Club (North Sound), and at Frank Sound for schools in North Side and East End.
“We are delighted to be a part of such a unique and interesting programme,” said Henry Smith, global managing partner at Maples and Calder. “Our firm strongly believes in the ability of sports to develop focus, commitment and discipline in the youth of our islands and we feel that the partnership between the Cayman Islands Sailing Club and government schools will go a long way in fostering these characteristics.”