‘Young sailors’ sail through

James Kon

Twelve children between eight to 12 participated in a three-day Junior Sailing Camp at the Panaga Club in Seria recently.

It was organised by the Kuala Belait Boat Club in collaboration with the Brunei Darussalam Yachting Association (BDYA).

The event, held from August 20-22, aimed at nurturing and promoting the sport and to attract more sailors for The Kuala Belait Boat Club (KBBC).

The camp’s first day saw the young sailors going through a water confidence test where they were required to swim 50 metres in complete sailing gear, according to
the BDYA.

They also learnt the fundamentals of sailing such as basic knots and the different points
of sailing.

On the second day, the participants learnt to rig up their boats, sailed a simple Figure 8 course and an upwind–downwind course.

On the final day, a practice race was held.

The young sailors also showcased their skills during the final race.

Samuel Avalos and Josh Clarke won first place in the first race followed by Alfie White and Santiago Mueller in second, and Lena Wodtke and Chloe Clarke in third.

During the second race, Lena Wodtke and Chloe Clarke came in first followed by Kyle van Dijk-Thieme and Alessandra van Dijk-Thieme, and Alfie White and Santiago Mueller.

Lena Wodtke and Chloe Clarke emerged as the overall champions and were presented medals by BDYA President Dato Paduka Haji Idris bin Haji Abas.

The young sailors were also presented with certificates.

ABOVE & BELOW: Brunei Darussalam Yachting Association (BDYA) President Dato Paduka Haji Idris bin Haji Abas in a group photo with overall champions Lena Wodtke and Chloe Clarke; and participants during the camp. PHOTOS: BDYA