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From Jr. Sailors to Olympic Sportsman of the Year

The Grenada Sailing
Association held its first meeting for the New Year last week Tuesday.
There was a great turnout of members who
meet at de Big Fish in True Blue.On
the agenda members discussed junior sailors, international events, work boat
competitions and a local Grenadian as candidate for Olympic Sportsman of the

Reports were
submitted by a few members actively involved in the recently held LaSource
Grenada Sailing Festival; a very successful event. Concern was raised about the
workboat event racing rules and the committee promised to work with the
competitors to produce a simple rule book for future events.

The Association is
currently having the junior sailing dinghies repaired at Grenada Yacht Club so
the weekend sailing club training program can resume.
A dinghy instructor will be engaged to train a team of youngsters
to attend the 2005 Optimist North American Championship at the end of June in
Tobago.This international event at the
neighboring island is important for the junior sailors, and sponsors to support
this effort are being sought by GSA.

The executive board was
pleased to report that a positive meeting was held with US Aid officials who
have pledged support for training programs in the yachting industry and sports
sector.Weekend seminars will be held
with the organizers of work boat events to help with regatta management,
sponsorship strategies and development.
This is felt to be a great opportunity for the community events held regularly
in the tri-islands.

The recent
nomination for “Sportsman of the Year” to the Olympic Association of Dr Robbie
Yearwood met with approval of all members.
Dr Yearwood began sailing at a young age in Grenada and was given his
first Optimist dinghy at the age of eight.
He spent many hours on the south coast practicing.
He went onto sail Sunfish and Mirror
dinghies before moving to Barbados where he competed in the “inter school”
championships.His first great win was
in 1974 when he placed first overall in the Mirror class in Trinidad.

Dr Yearwood
continued to develop his skills while racing offshore throughout the Caribbean
region.He moved back to Grenada ten
years ago and has represented Grenada at many oversea events since then.
We are very proud that he placed 2nd
in the Laser Radial class in 2004 at the Schoelcher International Dinghy
Championship in Martinique when competing against the worlds top sailors.

As Grenada moves
ahead into a this new year the importance of sailing, training and water sport
opportunities remains at the top of the agenda for the very proactive Grenada
Sailing Association.

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