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Posted by:Mar 11th 2009, 04:17:35 am
kristiPlease make sure that these kids know how to swim. It because they live on an island that they know how to do this. I also hope that life-vests are required !!
Posted by:Mar 10th 2009, 12:16:31 pm
Fig Tree News TeamHarbour Island Boys Club

Lizzy Mackey

Vhaul Thompson
Asistant Treasurer

Warren Grant
Vice president

C. C. Beasley
Secretary and Chaplain

Patrice Davis

[Harbour Island, Bahamas – 10 March 2009] On behalf of The Harbour Island Boys Club, we want you to know that we are developing a sailing program to begin this summer for Briland boys and girls aged 8-12.

We are buying six used Optimist sailing dinghies which will be employed to teach sailing to 12 boys in July and 12 boys in August. We hope to build a boat house to store the boats in the Harbour Island Park across from Girl’s Bank. Basic seamanship, sailing, and sailboat racing strategy and tactics will be taught by professional Optimist instructors during the July and August periods.

We have selected the Optimist as our training boat because there are now ten clubs in the Bahamas that are teaching and racing these boats competitively. It is our hope that our boys and girls will become sufficiently competent to compete against the two clubs on Eleuthera, the three in the Abaco’s, the two in Nassau, the one in Long Island, one in Freeport and the one in George Town, Great Exuma. The Bahamas Sailing Association in Nassau organizes interclub, interisland, national and international competitions for Optimist dinghies.

While we are pleased to be launching the program this summer, partly due to the generosity of four sponsors, it is our hope that Brilanders will also be interested in contributing to the program. Additional funds will be needed for offsetting some of the costs for the boats for ($1500 per boat), cost for life vests, boat trailers, the boat house as well as salaries for professional instructors. We welcome contributions both small and large and will be happy to grant naming rights for large donations such as boats or storage bays in the boat house.

If you are interested in making a contribution, please make your check payable to Harbour Island Boys Club and note on the check it is to be allocated to the sailing program. Your contribution should be directed to our secretary, Reverend C.C. Beasley, at P.O.Box EL 27112 here in Harbour Island.

In advance, we would like to thank you for considering a contribution to this very worthy cause for our Briland boys and girls.

Sincerely yours,

Lizzy Mackey, President
Toby Dunn, Boys Club Advisor
Posted by:Nov 30th 2006, 05:53:50 pm
KimberlySixty local kids from Harbour Island have signed up so far for the upcoming sailing lessons being offered by Jimmie Lowe and the Bahamas Sailing Association ... congrats to the Briland Park for sponsoring such an exciting program! Warren Grant of Grant Construction has purchased two Optimist boats for the program, and the group is looking for at least eight other such boats to jumpstart a regatta in early 2007. If you or someone you know is interested in sponsoring this popular program, please contact the Briland Modem Fund, ... all donations are fully tax-deductible.

Anchors aweigh!
Posted by:Nov 25th 2006, 08:23:53 am
KimberlyThe Briland Park renovation committee (Andrew Johnson, Warren Grant, Natasha Shepard, Anthony Dean) announces the launch of their Optimist Class sailing partnership in tandem with the Bahamas Sailing Association, which will teach the youth (ages 9-16) of Harbour Island how to sail.

For a first glimpse of the Optie boats, and to sign up for sailing lessons, visit the Fig Tree on Saturday afternoon to get a good look at these great new sailcraft. Applicants MUST know how to swim ... see you on the harbour!

Special thanks to Robert Dunkley and Richard Farrington of the Royal Nassau Sailing Club, and Jimmie Lowe of the Bahamas Sailing Association for getting this special program onto the water, and stay tuned for word of the brand-new chapter in Governors Harbour!

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