Updated: Sep 23
The Sint Maarten Yacht Club hosted postponed SXM DOET event on Saturday September 18th, taking children from a local foster home sailing.
September 18, 2021 – Simpson Bay, Sint Maarten – Last weekend the Sint Maarten Yacht Club was able to host its postponed Sailing Day for a local foster home, as part of SXM DOET. SXM DOET is an initiative from Be The Change Foundation in cooperation with the Oranje Fonds. It is the largest volunteer event on Sint Maarten, and in the Dutch Kingdom. The original SXM DOET event was planned on May 28th and 29th 2021. The Sint Maarten Yacht Club participated with 2 projects. However, due to a sudden rise in COVID 19 cases, SXM DOET adjusted protocols and the Sailing Day had to be postponed.
The event was rescheduled for this past Saturday and 20 youngsters between 12 and 18, got introduced to sailing and enjoyed beach games at Kim Sha Beach. For this initiative the SMYC cooperated with the “All about a smile” foundation. Mama Webster, better known as Grandma, is an iconic figure in Orleans District. Her door is always wide open and everyone is welcome. Together with her daughter Crystal this beach day was organized.
3 sailing boats (the larger RS QUESTS) were used to take the children sailing in small groups right from the beach. When they weren’t sailing, the kids were able to play on a floating dock and race with Solstice paddle boards and the afternoon ended with an exciting relay race.
“Some of the kids were nervous about the sailing in the beginning but it was great to see their progress during the day. We provided all the kids with lifejackets and explained a lot about the wind, therefore we were able to teach them the basics of sailing step by step in a controlled and safe way. We saw big smiles on all the faces, some kids were even brave enough to take the rudder and steer the boat.” States Saskia Revelman, head sailing instructor at the Sint Maarten Yacht Club.
A big thank you goes out to the volunteers who helped during the day, including 4 young sailors from the SMYC Youth Sailing Program that took the children out sailing in the RS Quests. The Scubashop generously donated tents to provide shade.
“We are happy that we can give back to the local community in this way and give the children the opportunity to know more about sailing as a sport and experience the fun and joy of being out on the water.” Continues Revelman. “We are happy to participate in the SXM DOET Project again next year.”
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About the Sint Maarten Yacht Club:
Established in 1980 with the goal to promote sailing on the island of St Maarten. It organizes multiple sailing events throughout the year, with the St Maarten Heineken Regatta as its crown jewel. A youth sailing program stimulates local youngsters to become part of the sailing community, teaching them life skills like team work, perseverance and confidence. Always looking to further develop sailing on St Maarten, the Club is active in promoting the sport, as well as the beautiful destination it is located at. For more information visit www.smyc.com