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Yachties prepare for sailing meet

Luke Rawalai
Tuesday, October 30, 2012

THE Savusavu Yacht Club is gearing up preparations for the upcoming Fiji National Sailing Championships for Lasers and the Optimus junior yachties.

The Fiji National Sailing Championships will be held at the Savusavu Bay in the second week of December.

Commodore of the Savusavu Yacht Club Jeff Taylor said preparations were in progress with the junior yachties with tutoring from international yachties who had called in to berth at the bay.

"The Lasers class of junior yachties include teenagers 16 years and over, while the Optimus class involved children 16 years and below," said Taylor.

He said this year was interesting as it was also a build-up to the next South Pacific Games which would be hosted by Wallis and Futuna.

"The competitions this year will also feature a team from the two classes who will be travelling from Wallis to join our local yachties and this would be interesting," he said.

Also featuring for the first time at the meet will be Savusavu local girl Sulueti Rabogibogi who is expected to arrive soon from her training for Certified Coaches in Level 1 and 2.

"She is the first-ever Fijian with this qualification and we will be learning a lot from what she has learnt during her training in England," said Taylor.

Taylor lauded the support from the international yachties presently berthed at the Savusavu Bay saying they have boosted the morale of the Savusavu junior yachties with their valuable tutorial and their skills including their know-how in the field of sailing.

"A word of advice to children within Vanua Levu who are interested in joining the sailing competitions will be to get into Savusavu Bay because this is the place where the actions are all happening and to developing their sailing skills free," he said.


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