Marine Trades Association offers lessons to young aspiring sailors

POSTED: 08/24/11 5:50 PM

SIMPSON BAY – The St. Maarten Marine Trades Association (SMMTA) is looking for 2 aspiring sailors to join the after school sailing program of the St. Maarten Yacht Club.
In mid August, the SMMTA received a request for sponsorship from a local 10 year old boy named Keyon who wanted to continue his sailing lessons at the St. Maarten Yacht Club but was otherwise unable to do so.
Young Keyon, so excited about sailing, gave the idea to the SMMTA to expand the opportunity to include 2 other local youths. Sailing is an independent or team sport, that teaches life lessons as well. If you can sail, you can control a boat, which can take you to another destination, help you to catch a fish, or just relax as you and your boat become one with the water and wind.
In order to be the lucky child that gets to join Keyon for sailing lessons this school year candidates must be at least 7.5 years of age, and a resident of Dutch St. Maarten; they must know how to swim; they must be able to physically get to the lessons which are held at St. Maarten Yacht Club, located next to the Simpson Bay Bridge, in time for the lessons weekly (otherwise parents will have to cover some of the cost); they must write one of the two best short essays (250 words or less), about why the Lagoon is such an important part of St. Maarten.
Essays must be submitted in writing, to the office of the St. Maarten Yacht Club by Friday September 2, with full name, address, phone number, birthday and the school the candidate attends.
Candidates must be ready to start sailing the week of September 19. Winners will be announced on Wednesday September 7.
For more information or questions about the contest please contact: (599) 556 3295 or
For Information about the sailing lessons contact Maaike at the St. Maarten Yacht Club at 586 0850.
People who’d like to help expanding the program and sponsor additional children are asked to contact the SMMTA at (599) 556 3295 or

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