“The Royal BVI Yacht Club is seeking your support as we work towards rebuilding the youth sailing programme in the BVI. Our goal is, by being able to offer our normal youth sailing activities, to help provide the vital physical, mental and emotional support that our island family needs to recover.
The paths of Hurricanes Irma and Maria had a devastating effect on all of the BVI and unfortunately the yacht club’s sailing school base, located at Nanny Cay on Tortola, has suffered badly.
We are therefore asking for your help to help rebuild. Over 70% of the boats (Optimists, Lasers, 420s and IC24) are beyond repair and much of the equipment, including life jackets, sails, foils and spars is destroyed or lost forever.
The Yacht Club’s Youth Sailing Programme in the BVI reaches out to the community offering sailing classes, fun sessions and holiday camps with all children from the age of 6 welcome to attend. The YC also teaches the KATS (Kids and the Sea) sailing classes, a local charity teaching kids to be safe around the water from swimming to sailing.
Over the years, the success of the programme has grown and grown to include an active race programme. We are very proud of the youngsters who have gone on to represent the BVI overseas at international events, World Championships and the Olympic Games.
All funds raised will go directly to repair costs for our surviving boats and purchasing new equipment. The Royal BVI Yacht Club is a not-for-profit organization dependent on the members and volunteers.
Thank you for your support.”