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Yacht Club News December 2010

Youth Sailing Thrives at
St. Maarten Yacht Club

The St. Maarten Yacht Club has kicked off another great season for young sailors. With 30 children enrolled in the learn-to-sail programme, courses are offered six days a week. Children can start lessons at age eight and, as they grow, so grows the programme. The yacht club now has several 'generations' of youth sailors participating at all levels of sailing and racing.

Over the past decade, the SMYC's youngsters have grown from a strong base of Optimist sailors, to a solid reckoning of Laser enthusiasts, to a group of young adults who can confidently and competently sail just about anything. In 2010, we witnessed a sentimental tribute to the success of the youth sailing cycle, when 15-year-old Jolyon Ferron, and his teenaged crew, beat his father, veteran racer and SMYC founder Robbie Ferron, while sailing Jeanneau Sunfast 20's in the highly competitive Marlow One Design Regatta.

Much of the credit for the current success of the SMYC Youth Sailing Programme goes to instructor Maaike van Mameren. Now in her third season at SMYC, Maaike has deftly honed the youth programme, giving it a cohesion and continuity that was lacking before.

For info about youth sailing in St.Maarten, email: youthsailing@smyc.com

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