The Youth Charitable Trust
The RLYC Charitable Youth Trust was formed in 2009 and introduces youngsters from the Isle of Wight to sailing and other water activities. It also seeks to support World and Olympic hopefuls from the Island, so as to allow them to develop and compete on the international scene.
In 2016, we continued to support Chris Rashley up to the Moth World Championships in May. Chris is to be congratulated for coming a close second at these Championships in Hayama Port, Japan, only three points behind Paul Goodison, the GBR Laser Gold medallist at the 2008 Olympics and an Americas Cup team member, and ahead of the European Champion Rob Greenhalgh.
This is a great achievement for the RLYC Youth Charitable Trust which has been sponsoring Chris, who is from St Helens on the Isle of Wight, for a number of years.
The Club is pleased to hear that Chris has been selected to the Olympic squad to sail a Nacra, the first foiling class to be sailed in the Olympics.
The Youth Trust will continue to provide on the water experience to groups of children from Primary schools on the Island, so as they can attend courses at UKSA and on Training Ships.
The Trust has worked closely with UKSA to identify children, whose parents are unable to afford the fees, and this works well with the UKSA's aim to get all Island schoolchildren in year six on the water in any one school year.
The Trust will be providing strong support for the Royal London Etchells Youth Academy. The Academy was launched in March 2016 and provides selected youth sailors the opportunity to race in three fully funded Etchells Class yachts in the many regattas that will be taking place in Cowes during the season. The selected crews of the three boats are made temporary Members of the RLYC.
The Youth Academy members in 2016 were, Anna Watkins, Rory Davis, Ali Hinds, Ed Hampton-Mathews, Emily Wiltshire, Jack Preece, Tom Williams, Calum Hearley, Martin Evans, Libby Watkins, Sophie Stockton and Andrew Clear. The photo shows our twelve Youth Academy Members with Giles Peckham (Academy Chairman) and Club Member, David Franks, who was the instigator and strong supporter of this excellent initiative.
The Trustees of the Youth Charity Trust
Rodney Barton (Chairman)
Peter Taylor MBE
Last updated 17:18 on 13 April 2017