Thursday, 5 July 2012

Jus' Sail's new online store is supporting youth development

So this week Jus' Sail has opened its online store for supporters and guests to be able to purchase our Tshirts and Caps. The great thing about the online store is that 100% of the profits from the sale of merchandise goes towards supporting our not for profit youth development programme thats runs in August. So you get to cut a dash in your own Jus' Sail gear in full knowledge that you have also helped a local St Lucian youth gain access to the wonderful world of traditional sailing and the sea... Jus' Sail loves a win-win!

We have already started to work with some local youth in readiness for the main event in August, following are some photos to give you a taster of how our young shipmates have been getting on...

Joshua, David and Scott take charge of Good Expectation!

Scott helping set up the awning for some shade.

David learning about how to use a winch... important stuff in sailing!

If you ever want to work on a yacht or gain the respect of others within the sector its essential to be able coil a line properly! 

First Mate Herbert shows David how to "make fast" the main halyard...

The purpose of the programme is to take a select group of local youth, who have been picked through merit, having submitted an essay on why they should be involved, and give them an intensive - week long - immersion in the skills of sailing, working as a team and learning more widely about the marine sector by visits to sights of interest such as Rodney Bay Marina and Boat Yard (a big thank you to IGY and Marina Manager Adam Foster for their support) and the Soufriere Marine Management Area - a world renowned marine park that stretches to Anse Cochon a wonderful snorkelling spot at the foot of Ti Kaye resort. Who, by the way, will be kindly donating the snorkelling gear for the students to get a close up view of the coral reef in the bay, so thank you Ti Kaye!

The programme is part of Jus' Sail's commitment to investing in local people and is designed to assist the participants in getting solid skills in sailing and aspects of seamanship thereby becoming more confident on the water and also more engaged in marine issues, maybe even enough to pursue a career in the marine sector. Additionally, it is expected that participants through working closely together in a supportive and structured manner on the programme will become more confident communicators, leaders and team players. All useful skills that will help them to become more competitive in the search for employment.
We look forward (for'ard in nautical parlance!) to welcoming Prince, Lance and Jn Pierre our winners from Corinth Secondary School aboard in August! Well done guys... 

The goal is for each year the programme to become bigger and better with more participants, more resources and more collaborations with other partners to take the participants further... Ultimately we want to have our own dedicated boat, another traditional Carriacou Sloop as a full time sail training vessel for the Jus' Sail Academy! Now thats going to take a lot of Tshirts to finance but we believe its worth the effort, so... watch this space!

If you would like to directly support the training programme and fancy yourself in one of our lovely Tshirts or caps please go to the Jus' Sail online store and place your order securely through PayPal by credit or debit card. We will be sure to get your merchandise shipped out to you safely packed and registered ASAP.

Thank you for your support and please share with your friends and family!

The Jus' Sail Team.