Junior Dinghy Sailing has returned to Woburn and 18 children from the village took part in a week’s sailing program this summer.
The ‘Woburn Wind Warriors’ are based at Petite Calivigny Marina in Benji Bay at the Eastern end of Clarkes Court Bay. Mosquito dinghies built in Gouyave, based on the popular Optimist design, have been purchased with donations from Camper & Nicholsons Port Louis Marina; Grenada Sailing Association, and Island View Sailing Center Fund.
Roger and Claire Spronk offered their marina development in Benji Bay as a venue for the program to operate as part of the Grenada South Coast Yacht Club and it has proved to be an excellent base for junior sailing. A team of volunteers, led by Steffen Meyerer of Driftwood Fine Yacht Woodwork, utilized new and reclaimed materials to build storage facilities for the boats and rigs and extend the dinghy dock with a floating platform to enable safe launching.
The week-long program was led by Senior Instructor Kevin Banfield who works with Gouyave Sailing School and has over ten years’ experience of instructing. Participating children were aged from seven to 15 and many were beginners to sailing. Prizes donated by Budget Marine were awarded at the end of the week’s program. The program is continuing on Saturday mornings, to build on the skills and enthusiasm evident in the young people who took part. The next step is to open up another weekly session for more children.
With thriving Junior Sailing programs operating at Grenada Marine in St David’s, the Grenada Yacht Club, Gouyave, Harvey Vale and Windward in Carriacou, Woburn is looking forward to taking part in national events and regattas.
Jacqui Pascall of the Grenada Sailing Association said: “We are delighted to support Junior Sailing in Woburn, especially given the keen response from the junior sailors themselves. The yachting industry in Grenada needs marine and sailing skills and we have to provide opportunities for our youth to develop these skills. We are very grateful to the businesses that have enabled us to re-start this program and build up a sustainable Junior Sailing Club in Woburn.”
In addition to the business sponsors above, the club would like to thank Underwater Solutions, X Marine, Prickly Bay Marina, and the many volunteers who supported the program with their time and skills.
If you are interested in supporting Woburn Wind Warriors, please email: [email protected]