Tortola, British Virgin Islands, April 30, 2011 – Sol Petroleum and Nanny Cay were pleased to make their first financial contribution to the Royal BVI Yacht Club (RBVIYC) junior sailing programme. Country manager for Sol, Deborah Benjamin and Nanny Cay boatyard manager, Keith LiGreci, recently joined the young sailors at Nanny Cay beach to present them with the first quarterly installment. Earlier this year, the two businesses had agreed to make a contribution to the RBVIYC from every gallon of fuel sold at the Nanny Cay marina.
"It's a pleasure to actually watch the children on the water and appreciate what our contribution helps the RBVIYC achieve," said Ms Benjamin. "Sailing is an activity that should be part and parcel of living in the BVI and we staunchly support the efforts to expand the experience to the young sailors of this community."
The youngsters were happy to welcome the two managers and to discuss the mechanics of collecting the contribution.
"That's really neat," said Jacques Liegeard, a young RBVIYC sailor. "Imagine what that would mean if all the marinas joined in with making a donation!"
The donations received from this partnership are used by the RBVIYC to progress youth sailing. Funding is used for sails, boats, ancillary equipment and coaching. For the last ten days, guest coach, Omari Scott has been in the BVI to prepare the young sailors planning to participate in the BVI Dinghy Championships. The annual sailing event is open to all age sailors and takes place in Sea Cows Bay from April 30 through May 1. The RBVIYC is expecting sailors from St Thomas and St Croix to take part. More information on the event is available on www.royalbviyc.org.