May 30, 2022 – Simpson Bay, Sint Maarten
The Sint Maarten Yacht Club colored pink on Ascension day, May 26th, as 60 women and girls tried out sailing and Paddleboard Pilates! After last year’s success, the Sint Maarten Yacht Club decided to participate again in the Global Women’s Sailing Festival ‘Steering the Course’, an international initiative by World Sailing that aims to introduce women and girls across the globe to the sport of sailing. Thanks to the sponsorship of Bob Hilbert Sportswear all participants got a free ‘She Sails’ pink rash guard.
This year the event was hosted at the Sint Maarten Yacht Club, a great vibe with the opportunity to be active and try out sailing or Paddleboard Pilates, but as well relax on the dock, catch up with friends, enjoy some drinks facilitated by the Divico and Heineken 0.0% tent on the dock, or listen to some music.
“We were so happy to see a great turnout again! It shows us that there is a great interest from woman and girls in watersports and sailing.” Said Saskia Revelman, event manager at the Sint Maarten Yacht Club.
15 assistant sailing instructors (14 girls and 1 boy), all part of the Sint Maarten Yacht Club Sailing School Program, took the participants out for a try out sail in a RS Quest, RS Zest or the Sun Fast 20 that was made available by the Maritime School of the West Indies. At the same time Niki from Joga hosted two blocks of Paddleboard Pilates, which basically is Pilates exercise on a paddleboard on the water, fun guaranteed. A real challenge for your balance for your core, but the participants did great! This is something the Yacht Club and Joga would like to offer again so stay tuned for more information.
“The purpose of the day was to introduce women to sailing, and it was wonderful to see such interest and happy faces as women came off the boats. It was great to see how everybody was willing to help each other, young and old, experienced or not experienced, all girls and women came together! Of course, we hope to see a lot of women back at more Yacht Club activities or Sailing Classes” Revelman Continued.
Are you interested in sailing more after you have participated in the Women’s Sail? Join our Wednesday Evening Sail, in the summer. On June 22, 29, July 6, 13, 20, 27 and August 3 the instructors will take you out sailing, you don’t need sailing experience. Find more information on smyc.com/summersailing
Or contact any of our sailing instructors for more information about Adult Sailing Classes or private classes.
For photos and much more check out smyc.com/photo-albums
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
The Global Womens Sailing festival is part of 'World Sailing';
Supported by the IOC Development Fund, Steering the Course aims to introduce women and girls across the globe to the sport of sailing, as well as encourage alternative pathways for those already within the sport, such as coaching or officiating.
Held over a 10-day period across two separate events - one in the Northern and the other in the Southern Hemisphere - the festival will bring together sailing communities from all backgrounds, with events taking place in multiple countries at the same time.
From dinghies to keelboats and windsurfing to kiteboarding, all disciplines are welcome to be part of the festival.