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Brand New Sailing Event Announced
A new sailing event is due to be launched this year in English Harbour, Antigua. It’s called the Caribbean Sailing Week and is due to take place from 17 to 20 October. The first day of the Caribbean Sailing Week will kick off with a welcome party for all participants followed by other social events such as tours and activities. The rest of the event’s activities will comprise of three racing days and four days of clinics and training. From Friday, a conference and measurers meeting will be held which will stretch over the course of three days.
Welcoming a New Era in Caribbean Sailing
Although it’s the first of its kind, the new format event is a combination of two Caribbean Sailing Association (CSA) events that have been running for over two decades – the CSA Caribbean Dinghy Championship (CDC) and the CSA Annual Conference. The amalgamation of the two was made with a goal to increase the status and profile of the CDC and Annual Conference by gathering more CSA members together in one place. It is expected that the overall value of the event will also be improved.
What the CSA Says
According to Alison Sly-Adams, president of the CSA, it was time for a change in the format of CSA events to ensure that it becomes more inclusive. Sly-Adams further said that the changes made are not only expected to increase participation, but also to support skills building in the sport. Clinics and training sessions offer professional development opportunities to those interested in getting involved with the more technical aspects of sailing, for example as umpires, measurers or race officials. The CSA is positive that the event will have a positive impact on the sport and is calling on any brands interested in engaging with the Caribbean sailing community to contact the CSA at firstname.lastname@example.org.