July 16, 2009
For immediate release
Province Invests in the Charlottetown Yacht Club’s Junior Sailing Program
Communities, Cultural Affairs and Labour
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“Charlottetown Race Week is a wonderful setting to announce the province’s financial support to the Charlottetown Yacht Club,” said Minister Bertram. “These funds will help to further develop our young sailors in the Junior Sailing Program, as well as create infrastructure to sustain the program over the next decade.”
The $35,550 in provincial funding will be used to improve the junior sailing program at the CYC by providing a junior sailing dock, enhancing onshore facilities and providing additional sailing dinghies and a coach boat.
“It is important that local sporting clubs are equipped with the facilities to meet the growing needs of the community and the next generation of athletes,” added Bertram. “Through the Island Community Fund we are investing in the facilities that matter to local communities, including sports and recreational centres.”
The Junior Sailing Program at the CYC is the only program in Queens County that provides sailing lessons and racing/regatta experiences for young Islanders and summer visitors; it has been in existence since 1964. There are up to 40 young people attending each weekly session and they range in ages from five to 16.
“Passing on sailing skills to the next generation ensures the sustainability of our recreational marinas and annual regattas; including events such as the annual Charlottetown Yacht Club Race Week,” said Minister Brown. “Today’s infrastructure announcement will help provide the venue and the tools needed to pass along those skills to today’s youth.”
The Island Community Fund was established by the Provincial Government to assist Island communities in undertaking cultural, recreational and community safety infrastructure initiatives. The Government of Prince Edward Island has committed a total of $27.5 million in Island Community Fund funding for six years. For more information on funding under ICF, visit the Infrastructure Secretariat website at www.gov.pe.ca/go/infrastructure.