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NZCT funds new Skiffs for Coromandel Youth Sailing

A $15,197 grant from the New Zealand Community Trust (NZCT) for four O’Pen Bic Sailing Boats and four safety helmets was awarded to Coromandel Youth Support Association (CYSA), will enable CYSA to offer exciting new sailing experiences for the community’s young people based in Coromandel Town.
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CYSA strives to provide a professional and affordable pathway into the sport of yachting for the northern Coromandel community. Youth Sailing Administrator Glenys Carr says “The O’pen skiffs will advance our students through Yachting New Zealand’s Level 2 and 3 ‘Sail Fast’ courses and help foster a life-long passion for sport sailing.”

Parent Lucas Evans commented, “Acquiring the new skiffs is very exciting for our young sailors. We can now extend their sailing opportunities and retain their interest and engagement when they’re ready for the next step.”

Young sailor Kahu Evans shares, “It’s going to be a bit scary to sail in a bigger boat after the small ones, but I know our instructors will help us to learn how to handle them.”

Sailing student Ariana Wake adds, “It’s truly awesome that we’re getting some faster boats. I have enjoyed learning to sail, now I really want to get into racing.”

NZCT’s GM of Grants, Marketing and Communications, Ben Hodges adds, “Providing pathways in sport is crucial for retaining young people’s engagement. These O’pen skiffs should do the trick! NZCT is grateful for the responsible gaming fundraising partnership we share with the Star and Garter that made our grant possible.”

Some history: Coromandel Youth Sailing (CYSA) began in the 2022-23 summer season with a small group of keel boat sailors and four old Delta sailing dinghies from Coromandel Area School, aiming to teach youngsters how to sail. Partnering with the CYSA, the initiative quickly garnered enthusiasm and support from the community. As they transition to faster and more responsive boats, the 2024-25 season promises to be an exciting time for all involved.

The New Zealand Community Trust (NZCT) is one of the largest gaming societies in New Zealand. In 22/23, NZCT awarded over $40 million in grants for a wide range of community services, including sports, rescue services, youth development, the Arts, and cultural activities.

More information contact glenys.carr.nz@gmail.com of CYS.

NZCT – Jo Salisbury (Marketing and Communications Advisor) – jo.salisbury@nzct.org.nz