South African Sailing (SAS) in conjunction with Henley Midmar Yacht Club and the Department of Sports and Recreation successfully launched the Midlands Sailing Development Project over the weekends of 17th and 31st August.
Two open days were held which were free to the general public and anyone interested in the sport of sailing.
The day consisted of sailing boat rides in the company of trained SAS instructors on a variety of sailing craft ranging from training dinghies to HMYC members keelboats.
In addition the instructors gave free instruction on the basic parts of a sailing boat so that those youngsters were able to go out on a sailing boat with the basic knowledge of ropes and parts of a boat.
The project is initially aimed at all youth regardless of background between the ages of 8 to 12 years, but older youngsters would be accommodated.
The course will be run over two consecutive months on alternate Sundays starting on the 14th and 28th of September and continuing during October.
Altogether some 37 young children were introduced to the sport of Sailing over the two days and at the end many excited youngsters went home to pressurize their parents into enrolling them on the sailing course.
On the last day, Ricky Robinson (the regional training officer of SAS), gave the parents who were interested a quick précis of the course and the elements making up the contents as well as showing them the student log book which each and every child enrolling for instruction would receive.
If you are interested you can e-mail the Henley Midmar Yacht Club ( HMYC@mweb.co.za) who will pass on the details such as cost and payment etc.