Two years ago, the Cruising Yacht Club of South Australia (CYCSA) purchased six Elliot 7’s with a strategic focus on establishing and developing a Youth Sailing Foundation and Squad. At this year’s Sailing Champions League (SCL) Asia-Pacific final, the planning paid off, with the youth squad earning a place in the World Final to be held in Germany this September.
Born from the struggle to find young crew after the COVID-19 pandemic, the dedication that the CYCSA and its board has made to the creation and continuation of its youth keelboat program is next to none, with the club not only agreeing to cover the regatta entry fee and damage waiver, but also flights, accommodation, coach and uniforms for the qualified SCL team at the World Final.
CYCSA Sailing Operations Manager, Greg Allison, says the youth program is a fantastic way for the club to train and recognise local youth as the future of sailing in South Australia and is an ‘integral part of the club’s sailing operations.’
That the CYCSA has offered to fully fund the experience for the young sailors is invaluable, with cost playing a major role in the decision for young sailors and their families to venture overseas or not for competition experience. Greg says that investing in their youth has been a ‘resounding success’ with the club in return overcoming their greatest challenge ‘how to get more sailors sailing on ‘big boats’.’
Maddy Salter, the CYCSA Youth Sailing Foundation Head Coach, is excited about the prospect of taking the qualified team to the World Final, stating that it will be an invaluable learning experience for the young sailors. Both Greg, Maddy and the club are all very proud of the team’s performance on the water and off.
A special mention must be said for Maddy, as CYCSA General Manager Adam Hays proudly states ‘Maddy has done a wonderful job with the young team over the past 12 months.’ However, having landed a SA Ambulance Paramedic Internship, Maddy will now be pursuing her qualified profession after the world championships in late September. Both the CYCSA and Adelaide Sailing Club ‘will sorely miss her’ and wish her all the best.
Australian Sailing congratulates the CYCSA and its youth squad on a fantastic season and wishes them the best of luck in Germany this September.
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