Optimists Make Great Sailors

13/08/2009 - The Anfi Group sponsors a group of young Canarian sailors

Optimists Make Great Sailors

The Anfi Group was delighted to sponsor a group of eleven Canarian children who recently participated in the Optimist Spanish Championship - the Spanish leg of the biggest youth racing competition in the world.

One hundred and fifty children, aged between ten and fifteen years old from all over Spain came together in Tarragona, Cataluña, where they competed against each other in “Optimists” – a one-person sailing dinghy, ideal for young sailors.

In preparation for the weeklong competition, in which they had to sail for up to six hours a day, the children had to follow a rigorous and demanding training programme.

For the Canarian group of five girls and six boys, their effort paid off, with one child going through to the European Championship and two others qualifying for the World Championship. A very positive outcome, according Mr José Medina, secretary of the AECIO (Asociación Española Clase Internacional de Optimists).

Mr Medina went on to explain that the young sailors learn to become self-sufficient and to think for themselves. They need to learn to become structured and organised in order to fit in all their hours of training with their schoolwork and other chores. Out at sea, against the elements, they must make judgements and take crucial decisions without the presence of adults. Away from their parents they spend a lot of time with their team mates, learning to interact and support one another and to work together as a team when it comes to cleaning and repairing their Optimists.

All these are qualities which the Anfi Group is happy to encourage in young adults and which mirror the Group’s own core company values.

Moreover, the Anfi Group recognise how important it is in today’s sedentary society to support initiatives which encourage children to take part in healthy out-door activities.
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