Kids And The Sea's Kitannie Lewis (center) receives the NAGICO Insurances donation from staff, D'Elle George (right) and Niasha Penn.
Ten teams will battle in waters just off Nanny Cay during the 15th annual Premier's Cup Youth Regatta which will feature two days of competitive racing starting on Saturday, July 13.
Two-time defending champions, Anguilla will be seeking a third consecutive cup victory, but will have to go through nine other teams, including two teams from the BVI. Other teams will come from Trinidad and Tobago, Barbados, Antigua and Barbuda, St. Croix and St. Thomas.
Mr. John Lewis is the Chairman of the Kids And The Sea (KATS) program which is organising the regatta which features sailors ages 10 and 18. He told reporters that the teams started arriving yesterday, July 10.
"Last year for the first time we had a team from the British Virgin Islands standing on the podium so we are hoping that one of the teams from the British Virgin Islands will take down Anguilla and stand in the top spot," Mr. Lewis said.
On Tuesday, July 9, KATS and the Regatta benefited from a $5,000 donation made by long-time partner and platinum sponsor, NAGICO Insurances. The donation was made at Nanny Cay onboard the IC-24 that bears the NAGICO Insurances logo.
"The donation by NAGICO will be used for the general upkeep of the Kids And The Sea program," Mr. Lewis stated.
He added, "We are indeed pleased that NAGICO has found it necessary to sponsor one of our IC-24s....But during the Premier's Cup Regatta, there will be a team which is always sponsored by NAGICO and that team will wear the NAGICO t-shirts. They will also sail in the NAGICO IC-24. The other kids from the other parts of the Caribbean will also have the opportunity to sail on the boat."
Managing Director, Mr. Shan Mohamed said that NAGICO Insurances has been involved in the KATS program since 1999.
"We believe that this is a worthy project to be involved in because it teaches kids how to swim and how to sail. The Government has been speaking recently about developing the marine industry for Virgin Islanders and I believe that this program plays an important role in the development of sailors, captains and divers, among others. We are extremely pleased and it is one of those programs that we hold very dear to our heart," Mr. Mohamed stated.
The sailors will be officially welcomed by Premier, Hon. Dr. D. Orlando Smith during a reception at Peg Legs on Friday evening.
Mr. Lewis has invited the public to participate in the weekend of activities and support the youth sailors. An awards and closing ceremony will be held on Sunday afternoon.