Rockley International Trainers, Richard Percy and Andy Smith have successfully trained and qualified six of the island's professional instructors to Senior Instructor & Powerboat instructor level. The six candidates all excelled throughout the training courses and deservedly achieved their Bermudan Sailing Association certificates.
The awards presented are the first of their kind within Bermuda and are testament to the developments that have been made since aligning the Bermudan training standards with the ISAF Learn to Sail Training Programme (LSTP). Check out the ISAF Training pages for more informatyion on how you too could benefit from the new initiatives ISAF has to offer its members www.sailing.org/training
The RHADC is working hard together with the Bermudan Sailing Association to drive an increase in grassroots sailing participation within Bermuda. The Bermudan strategy is to give every child an educational experience of sailing through the highly successful BSA 'Waterwise' schools programme. Those children who excel on the 'Waterwise' programme are then given the opportunity to develop their passion for sailing through the RHADC.
ISAF Training Partner Rockley International is also in support of the Icelandic Sailing Association's Participation Initiative. Rockley International Trainer, Tom Wilson, has been working hard in Iceland with the Icelandic Sailing Association & affiliated sailing clubs to deliver the Æfingabúðir SÍL 2010 Sailing week for the youth sailors of Iceland.
The sailing week is an annual event, bringing together Iceland's young sailors. Run at the Ymir Sailing Club near Reykjavik, this is the very first year Rockley International has been asked to help in the delivery of the sailing week. The overall numbers attending this year's sailing week were impressive having doubled since 2009; with48 youth sailors taking to the water.
The aim of the sailing camp is to bring together young Icelandic sailors to build cohesion, develop personal sailing skills and to enjoy being afloat. The sailing week is part of a larger strategy within Iceland to develop grassroots sailing participation and drive regular participation amongst the youth sailors.
The training, during the Sailing Week, was coordinated by Tom Wilson and delivered in conjunction with coaches from the different Icelandic sailing clubs. All Icelandic coaches had, in April 2010 taken part in an ISAF Level 2 Technical Course for Coaches which was delivered by the ISAF Training and Development Manager, Dan Jaspers and ISAF Trainer, Mike Hart. Tom Wilson noted "the Icelandic coaches were eager to use the skills they had learnt from the ISAF Training course and get some 'real coaching experience' with large fleets of boats."
Ulfur Hrobjartsson, President of the Icelandic Sailing Association, has declared the Æfingabúðir SÍL 2010 Sailing week and its first year of partnership with Rockley International a great success. Ulfur extended his thanks to Rockley for coordinating and helping deliver the sailing week, particularly highlighting that the event had enthused both the coaches and young sailors of Iceland.