Great work from the World Youth Sailing Trust and more to come

November 10, 2010 at 4:31 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Twenty years ago the generosity of Julius Blankstein changed the sailing experience for youngsters from emerging countries with the creation of the World Youth Sailing Trust.

The Trust supports young sailors at the Youth World Championship by funding coaches at the event to help them take on the better-funded countries. It must be quite intimidating if you are a young person when you arrive in a country for the first time to attend a world regatta and you come face-to-face with sailors with all the best kit and full coaching support.  The coaches the Trust sends in to support such sailors do a great job in not only improving sailing technique but in supporting the sailors so that they can enjoy their experience.

It’s a great example of how ISAF members really care for the sport. Along with Julius the World Youth Sailing Trust has benefited from the kindness of Ding Schoonmaker, Bengt Julin, Paul Phelan, George Andreadis, Harry Adler, Jonathan Jansan and Ralph. To date the Trust has used the investment income from the gifts made to fund coaching activities. In future the they want to grow the amount of coaching at the Youth Worlds by having three coaches so are starting to look at new ways to raise more funds. As their plans develop will tell you more about this good work and let you know how you can support the trust via the ISAF website.

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