'YES-Europe was an outstanding success' commented Australian David STALEY. 'YES-Europe is one of the best things that IFDS has ever done.'
The conference, called YES-Europe (Young Enabled Sailors), was funded principally by the European Commission. YES-Europe was a mixture of plenary sessiobns and workshops, focusing on the following topics, with YES-Asia set to continue the theme:
Between the Plenary Sessions workshops were held which were a mix of sharing best practice, theory and practical sessions, including Sailing Venues, Potential Sailors, Young Volunteers, Boats, Disability Awareness, Seating and Adaptations.
IFDS Vice President Phil VARDY (AUS) travelled to Singapore in May to discuss possibilities and put in place the arrangements with local authorities.
'Singapore is an amazing place' says Phil. 'It's busy, modern, clean, ordered, cosmopolitan and relatively wealthy. Events happen with remarkable efficiency and speed. In the next few years, Singapore will become a major sporting hub in the SE Asian region.'
In Singapore, it was agreed that the YES-Asia planning committee should consist of:
YES-Asia will be held in Singapore in early November 2005 - immediately before the ISAF Annual Conference.
More details will be published soon, including the full YES-Asia programme. In the meantime, interested parties are invited to register their interest in participating to the IFDS Secretariat at firstname.lastname@example.org