Never too old to learn

By Yumi Epati Tala’ave 08 February 2019, 12:00AM

You’re never too old to learn.

That’s the message from David Brown, the Secretary of the Samoan Voyaging Society, whose goal is to encourage as many people as possible to learn about sailing through an Adult Sailing programme.

The veteran Australian sailor who has more than sixty years experience under his belt will spearhead the programme, starting on Tuesday 19 February. The course is held twice a week.

 “One of my passions is sailing. I’ve been doing it for 60 years and to be able to pass that passion on to somebody else is a very rewarding thing,” he said.

Mr. Brown is in Samoa to accompany his wife, who is an Australian Volunteer working at the Ministry of Education Sports and Culture.

The trip to Samoa has given him time to share his passion with the people here.

The training will look at both theory and practical aspects of the sport.

“We are starting a programme on the 19th February and everyone is invited,” he said. 

“It is going to run for five weeks, Tuesdays and Thursdays and I’ll be teaching the same thing on Tuesdays and Thursdays so if you can’t come on the Tuesdays then you can come on Thursday.” 

Mr. Brown, who is in Samoa for a year, said his goal is to share his passion to others who might share it and they too can help spread the word about sailing.

 “My wife brought me here and this is a good positive way to fill in my time, giving back to Samoa whom in four months has given a lot to me already,” he said.

“No one is too old to give up sailing.”

The programme costs $100 registration. It will be held at the Apia Yacht Club, Mulinu’u.

By Yumi Epati Tala’ave 08 February 2019, 12:00AM

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