The Optimist fleet at Apulo on Lake Ilopango near San Salvador was completely destroyed by a mudslide which engulfed the community house where they were stored.
Limited funding to replace much of the equipment, has been provided to the FESAVELA (Salvador Sailing Federation) by the El Salvador National Sports Authority. That, combined with the Shanghai Far East and IODA subsidies, has been enough to provide six new GRP optimist boats.
Despite storage for the boats still being unavailable, the young sailors continue to train and although sailing has always been an important part of their lives, according to their coach Victoria Guidi, since the storms, they have really used it as a way to overcome the disaster.
To continue the motivation of the revived fleet, FESAVELA are now sending two skippers from San Agustin, to the IODA South American Championship in Uruguay at Easter. This has again been made possible by a Regional Regatta grant from IODA.
More information on IODA grants can be found on our website: http://www.optiworld.org/develop.php