Leading professional services company KPMG has renewed its commitment to Antigua Sailing Week for 2019. As key part of its 2019 agreement is sponsorship of the very successful Youth to Keel Programme (Y2K) which will be celebrated on the KPMG Race Day on Thursday, May 2, 2019.

Y2K was piloted during ASW 2018 when 15 Antigua youths were individually placed on board keel boats racing across the classes. The Programme provides a structured pathway allowing youth dinghy sailors to gain valuable keelboat experience. In addition, two youth teams raced head to head in CSA 7 with the Antiguan team winning their class overall.

Youth team on NSA Spirit during the 2018 Antigua Sailing Week.

Jules Mitchell, skipper of the winning boat NSA Spirit and a past youth sailor first gained experience in ASW at the age of 11 in local boat Blue Peter and has raced in every one since. Of the Youth to Keel programme he says, ‘I would encourage everyone to sign up for the progamme and gain experience on board a keel boat. It is very different to dinghy sailing and offers other options in terms of leisure and career opportunities. If you are an aspiring sailor it is an opportunity that should not be overlooked.’

KPMG principals fraternizing with yacht crew during KPMG afternoon prize giving ceremony.

KPMG are delighted to be back at Antigua Sailing Week and supporting the Youth to Keel Programme. Christopher Brome, Partner, Advisory, says, ‘Antigua Sailing Week brings invaluable international, regional and local exposure to our brand and is an opportunity for us to network with our customers and visiting yachtsmen. We are also delighted that our sponsorship will support the opportunity for Antigua youths to gain very valuable experience on the water and for some will be the launch pad for their careers in yachting.’

KPMG’s offices in Antigua and the wider Eastern Caribbean operate across the region with a specific understanding of the cultural, economic and political facets of each individual economy. In-depth industry knowledge is available through the global KPMG network which provides access to skilled professionals, across a wide range of industry sectors.

Antigua Sailing Week will be launching the 2019 Y2K programme to potential youth participants at the upcoming National Sailing Academy Open Day taking place on Sunday, December 2, 2019 from 12 – 5 pm. The day is an opportunity for youths and adults who are interested in learning to sail to enjoy a complimentary Discover Sailing Lesson in the beautiful shallow and protected waters of Falmouth Harbour.

NOTES TO EDITORS

NATIONAL SAILING ACADEMY
The National Sailing Academy offers the opportunity for Antiguan school children to learn sailing free of charge. In 2010 the Government of Antigua & Barbuda added sailing & swimming to the list of National Sports thus allowing these sports to be included in every school’s curriculum. To facilitate this the National Sailing Academy was incorporated as an independent non-profit charitable organization which is administered by a volunteer board. The potential benefits of this programme are manifold – to both the Antiguan community and the Yachting Industry, which is growing year by year. Click here to learn more about the National Sailing Academy and its endeavor to increasingly expose Antiguan youth to the sport of sailing.

ANTIGUA SAILING WEEK
For full details on Antigua Sailing Week and the Peters & May Round Antigua Race including daily news, photos, videos and results, visit the official website:http://www.sailingweek.com.

Antigua Sailing Week, considered one of the Caribbean’s most prestigious regattas, is held annually at the end of April and the 52nd edition will commence with the Peters & May Round Antigua Race on Saturday, April 27, 2019. Following that will be five days of competitive racing off the rugged south coast of Antigua, which will wrap up on Friday, May 3, 2019.

Youth to Keel (Y2K) PROGRAMME
The Youth to Keel Programme allows aspiring youth sailors who have previous dinghy training to gain keelboat experience during Antigua Sailing Week. For more information visit the Y2K page on the ASW website: https://www.sailingweek.com/y2k/

KPMG in Barbados & the Eastern Caribbean
KPMG in Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean form part of the international network of member firms comprised of 200,000 professionals in the member firms worldwide which collaborate across industry, service and national boundaries to deliver professional services in 154 countries for the benefit of their clients, KPMG people and the capital markets. Member firms are located in Barbados, Antigua and Barbuda, Saint Lucia and St. Vincent and the Grenadines (also practising in Anguilla, Dominica, Grenada, Montserrat, St. Kitts and Nevis).

KPMG’s offices in Barbados and in the Eastern Caribbean operate across the region with a specific understanding of the cultural, economic and political facets of each individual economy. In-depth industry knowledge is available through the global KPMG network which provides access to skilled member firm professionals, across a wide range of industry sectors.
http://www.kpmg.bb

KPMG
KPMG is a global network of professional services firms providing Audit, Tax and Advisory services. We operate in 154 countries and territories and have 200,000 people working in member firms around the world. The independent member firms of the KPMG network are affiliated with KPMG International Cooperative (“KPMG International”), a Swiss entity. Each KPMG firm is a legally distinct and separate entity and describes itself as such.

OUR ASW 2019 EVENT SPONSORS:
English Harbour 5 Year Old Rum – http://www.antiguadistillery.com
Fever-Tree – http://www.fever-tree.com
Gill North America – http://www.gillmarine.com
Peters & May – https://www.petersandmay.com/
KPMG – http://www.kpmg.bb
Dream Yacht Charter – http://www.dreamyachtcharter.com/
Ministry of Tourism, Foreign Affairs & Immigration –http://www.visitantiguabarbuda.com
APUA Inet – http://www.apuainet.ag/
Lava Entertainment – https://www.facebook.com/lavainternational
Newport Shipyard – http://www.newportshipyard.com/

OFFICIAL INDUSTRY PARTNERS
Antigua Hotels & Tourist Association (AHTA) – http://www.antiguahotels.org/v3/
Antigua Yacht Club – http://www.antiguayachtclub.com
Antigua and Barbuda Department of Marine Services and Merchant Shipping (ADOMS) – http://abregistry.ag/
National Parks Antigua – http://www.nationalparksantigua.com/

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