Grenada Sailing Association to Host World Sailing Technical Course for Coaches

Grenada Sailing Association has been successful in an application to host a World Sailing Technical Course for Coaches, which will be run from 22 – 27 July at True Blue Bay Resort. World Sailing (formerly known as the International Sailing Federation, ISAF) is the world governing body for the sport of sailing, officially recognized by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and is responsible for promotion, development, training and administration in the sport of sailing throughout the world. Grenada, via the Grenada Sailing Association, is a ‘Member National Authority’ (MNA) and because of this is eligible to apply to host one of the prestigious Technical Training Courses that the organisation runs.

GSA Treasurer Jacqui Pascall worked in close liaison with Abbie Hewitt, World Sailing’s Training & Development Officer, the Grenada Olympic Committee and the International Olympic Committee, successfully completing all the relevant paperwork and administration required, gaining the necessary funding via Olympic Solidarity and sealing approval to host the course. James Benoit, Association President, commented: “It is excellent news that Grenada is to host a World Sailing Technical Course. It will provide extremely valuable experience & knowledge to our keen young coaches and I would like to thank all involved for their hard work to make this happen.”

The course will be a 5 day programme and will be run by Tim Cross, World Sailing Training & Development, Nominated Expert, who will be flying to Grenada from England specifically to take part.  The course will be a combination of theory & class work as well as practical experience on the water. Grenada Sailing Association has been able to offer places to Noah Bullen, Robert Fleming, Rees Evans, Kevin Banfield, Kwesi Paul, Shakeem Collins,  Akim Clement, Aaron Malcolm, Zachay Lagan and Arkin Compton, young coaches/instructors from Grenada Yacht Club, Gouyave, St. David’s, Woburn, Carriacou and Petite Martinique Junior Sailing Clubs.

The aim of the course, as specified by World Sailing, is as follows:

‘To teach potential coaches how to introduce the fundamental skills required for non-sailors to be able to take part in their first experience on the water learning how to independently manoeuvre a boat on all points of sail in no more than moderate conditions. The Level 1 course candidates will need to be competent sailors who wish to pass on their passion, knowledge and practical experiences to anyone (youth or adult) wishing to take part in the sport of sailing. The Level 1 course covers the skills required to deliver entry level participation oriented practical and theoretical sessions and includes the development of skills required to turn novices into independent sailors.’

The Grenada Sailing Association is pleased to have achieved another important goal in the development of quality technical training in Junior Sailing and would like to thank the Grenada Olympic Committee for its valuable assistance. The Association would also like to thank Camper & Nicholsons Marinas; Budget Marine; Grenada Marine; Horizon Yacht Charters; Island Dreams Yacht Services; Grenada Yacht Club and Glenelg Spring Water for their long term support.