THE Royal Selangor Yacht Club (RSYC) and Westports Malaysia Sdn Bhd have been working together to give schoolchildren from various Pulau Indah schools the opportunity to learn the ropes of yacht sailing over the past few years.
The launch of the 2019 RSYC-Westports Community Youth Sailing Programme was officiated by Raja Muda of Selangor Tengku Amir Shah Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah.
Tengku Amir also presented certificates of completion to students of last year’s programme.
Present at the event were RSYC commodore Jeffrey Voon, Westports Sdn Bhd marketing and conventional general manager Vijaya Kumar Puspowanam and the head teachers of SK Pulau Indah, SK Pulau Indah 2 and SMK Pulau Indah.
The 2019 edition marks the fifth year of partnership between the RSYC and Westports.
It will see 17 children, aged eight to 16, learn about sailing.
The RSYC will provide boats, equipment and tuition for the courses and organise entry to sailing competitions.
During the last 12 months, a number of more experienced Pulau Indah sailors have participated in open regattas around the country.
With more than 60 boats on the water at one time, they have increasingly achieved good results and moved up in the class rankings.
At the 7th KFC open event in Perak recently, Adik Nadjiha took second place overall in the Laser 4.7 Women’s Class, a remarkable achievement as she was competing against far more experienced young sailors.
The latest programme will run from April to March next year.
The event also saw students from last year’s programme test their skills in a mini regatta.
Prizes for the competition included trophies and digital watches for the top three winners as well as medal for each for the rest of the field.
“The RSYC-Westports Community Youth Sailing Programme was created to provide students who would not normally be able to afford to be involved in sailing activities a chance to learn a new sport and the skills that come with it,” said Voon.
“We are glad to have Westports onboard again for this community effort and are also delighted to be able to extend this wonderful learning opportunity to pupils from three Pulau Indah schools this year.
The improvement in results at state and national competitions is very encouraging and we hope they will continue to compete and bring home prizes in the coming year,” he added.
The RSYC has a proud history of training youngsters in the basic principles of handling a small sailing dinghy, and then developing them to a point where they can confidently handle the boat by themselves in a variety of conditions. In the past, young sailors who started out here have gone on to become winners of national and international yachting events and in some cases, professional sailors.