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Companies step up to help young sailors

Two global companies operating in Bermuda have merged resources to expand an ongoing community outreach programme to reach children who may not otherwise be exposed to the world of sailing.

Marsh and Guy Carpenter stepped up with the donation of two 4.2 metre long, rigid inflatable boats (RIBs) to be used for teaching sailing to students from select Government primary schools.

The sailing instruction will be facilitated as part of The Royal Bermuda Yacht Club (RBYC) Sailing Academy's Fall Sailing programme as a community outreach initiative with instructors volunteering their time.

The two new boats has made it possible to add instructors “to add instructors to take on a greater number of students”.

For eight weeks, 12 students will spend Friday afternoons on the harbour learning this popular sport.

Royal Yachting Association rules require one instructor to be paired with six student sailors.

Bermuda Chairman of Marsh & McLennan Companies and their Charity Committee, David Ezekiel said they're thrilled to make this donation for “young people who wouldn't normally have the financial ability to partake in the sport”.

“Sailing instruction will teach these children skills to help them prepare for life,” he said.

Along with patience and determination, he noted that sailing also teaches self-confidence and awareness as well as clear communication and the value of teamwork and cooperation. And those attributes contribute to “career enhancement and personal growth”.

With a ten year warranty, the new boats, named MarshMellow and GuyCarp, will get plenty of use as they will also be used for training young Bermudian instructors in other courses offered by the sailing academy.

“We are so thankful to Marsh and Guy Carpenter for their generous donation,” said Tom Herbert-Evans, RBYC's Sailing Academy Director.

“Sailing can be an expensive sport, but through our community outreach programme we can bring this fantastic sport to a wide variety of children in Bermuda.”

Marsh, the global leader in insurance broking and risk management, and Guy Carpenter, a leading global risk and reinsurance specialist, are operating companies of Marsh & McLennan Companies.

Donation: David Ezekiel, Bermuda chairman of Marsh and McLennan Companies and chairman of Marsh's Bermuda Charity Committee and Tom Herbert-Evans, RBYC's Sailing Academy director, Marsh and Guy Carpenter today announced a donation of two 4.2-metre long RIBs (rigid inflatable boats) to be used for teaching sailing to students from select Government primary schools through an ongoing community outreach programme

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Published October 02, 2013 at 9:00 am (Updated October 02, 2013 at 12:06 am)

Companies step up to help young sailors

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