The Sint Maarten Yacht Club (SMYC) is proud to introduce its Primary School Program. To generate awareness of the benefits of sailing and outdoor sports in general in the local community, the SMYC is joining forces with the Sister Regina Primary School to introduce 12 students to sailing. These students will sail once a week for two hours during the entire school year.

Sailing Instructor Max van der Pol explains: “Sailing is a sport of ethics, fair play and sportsmanship. It creates situations which provide opportunities to learn lessons for life about desirable and undesirable conduct. This moral and educational aspect contributes to the positive development of individuals and, in turn, to the development of society. Central to this process are the values of Sportsmanship and Fair Play. These involve much more than just playing within the rules. They are a way of behaving and thinking which incorporate friendship, respect for others on the water, maintaining self-control, dignity and integrity, and always competing in the right spirit.”

The program is sponsored by a number of local businesses, such as Windward Island Bank, ICE, Alite, Atlas Construction, Liccom, Arena Base Café and BZSE Law. “The Sailing Program of the Sint Maarten Yacht Club relies heavily on sponsorships, it is wonderful to see such an interest in our new Primary School Program. This enthusiasm will allow for us to expand the program to other local primary schools sooner rather than later.” Says SMYC General Manager Michele Korteweg.

The program does not just focus on sailing. Together with workshops from partners in the marine industry, students will be introduced to the maritime community, which after tourism is the second biggest sector on the island. Those who show interest in sailing will potentially be provided with the opportunity to continue in the club’s regular youth sailing program through individual sponsorships. This will result in further development in the sport as youngsters can continue to learn how to race and start competing in local and regional events.

For more information about the program or how you can contribute please contact manager@smyc.com

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