Welcome to the website for the Bequia Youth Sailors.
Here you will find all the information relating to this charity, based here on the paradise island of Bequia, part of St Vincent & the Grenadines.
You will find details here about our charity, the team of young people we are teaching to sail, the boats we use, the local ‘double-enders’, the latest news and much more besides.
If you would like to get involved or make a donation, which can be anything of use (it doesn’t just have to be financial, though that’s always welcome), please get in contact and speak to Andy or Eddie.
If you would like to come down and watch the young people going through their paces during one of the training sessions, then come along to the bay at the weekends, around 10am to see what going on.
We look forward to welcoming to be part of our merry band and hope top see you on the beach very soon.
Sir Frederick Ballantyne, Governor General of St Vincent & the Grenadines, supports theBequia Youth Sailors and their Olympic Dreams.
Started by Andy Mitchell and Christian Schrijver with many local supporters, the Bequia Youth Sailing charity has been running for almost 2 years and is now looking ahead and setting its sights on the next Olympic Games. Continue reading →
This morning the Bequia Youth Sailors headed True North …. to Bequia Marina where the Volvo Open 70 ‘True North’ was moored up, ready for their long awaited sail aboard this amazing racing yacht.
The yacht is now on its world tour to promote Dubai as the next hosting country for the Expo2020 and it called into St Vincent & the Grenadines as the 2nd stop in its itinerary, Barbados being the first. Continue reading →
The super yacht Starry Night came to Bequia on the day following the full moon, to give the Bequia Youth Sailors a truly sparkling adventure, leaving them glowing and twinkling.
The Oyster 82 came over the the island to take the young sailors of Bequia on a trip out into the St Vincent channel, to show them what sailing a much larger yacht is like.. He yacht was crewed by Skipper Roger and his crew of Henry & Naomi who made the day very special. Continue reading →
True North, a Volvo Open 70 racing yacht that took part in the Round the World race in 2008-09, is coming to Bequia over New Year to promote Dubai as a candidate for the World Expo in 2020.
The yacht has been re-branded from its original ‘Green Dragon’ and is now sailing the world to help market and promote the World Expo. While she’s in St Vincent & the Grenadines she is offering the Bequia Youth Sailors the opportunity to go out sailing on this incredible yacht. Very different from the Optimists or Double Enders the young people here are used to.
Budget Marine who have marine outlets across the Caribbean, have donated an out board engine to the Bequia Youth Sailors, for use on the support dinghy.
The new outboard allows the Coaches to be out on the water with the young sailors providing advice and coaching real time, telling them what they can do to improve their sailing there and then. Continue reading →
The team are currently busy preparing themselves for the trip, which not only means getting in lots of sailing practice in strong winds, but for many of the Bequia youngsters, it also means obtaining a passport, sorting our visa’s, travel arrangements and accommodation in Puerto Rico. Continue reading →
This morning the people behind Bequia Youth Sailors met to discuss the future of the program, along with Dr Frederick Ballantyne, Governor General of St Vincent & the Grenadines.
The discussion centred around ensuring the charity has all boxes ticked to ensure we can take part in the next Olympic Games. Dr Ballantyne brought a wealth of information, letters of support and even a prepared Constitution, that the club can take on so that we can register with the Olympic Committee and therefore apply for funding. Continue reading →