N.B.S. supports aspiring sailors
Three youngsters are a step closer to realising their dream to participate in sailing as a sport, thanks to the support of the National Bank of Samoa (N.B.S.).
The bank has been supporting the Junior Sailing Development Programme at the Apia Yacht Club at Mulinuu for two years.
Aspiring sailors, Mel Enari, Jay Enari and Harrisson Phineas – who are all from Faatoia and Vaiala – wanted to take up sailing lessons.
And thanks to the support offered by the bank, they will now be able to undergo training according to the N.B.S. Managing Director, Sam Swann.
"This has been especially to enable those who may not have otherwise been able to take up sailing," he said. "Three young locals were fortunate this year to take up sailing lessons thanks to the National Bank of Samoa's sponsorship.
“The young lads from Faatoia and Vaiala are Mel Enari, Jay Enari and their cousin Harrisson Phineas.”
Apia Yacht Club Commodore, Seiuli Ian Black, extended his appreciation on behalf of the club and added that they welcomed the involvement of local corporate organisations in sponsoring young people.
"We must remember that the Samoans are the navigators of the Pacific," said Commodore Seiuli. "So many of our young people are naturals when it comes to watersports and sailing and we welcome the sponsorships by our corporate partners that give our young people the opportunity to sail.”
Seiuli also acknowledged the N.B.S. management for getting behind them to support the Junior Sailing Development Program.
"N.B.S. has been a huge supporter of the Apia Yacht Club and we again thank them for greatly assisting our Junior Sailing Program, culminating in the biggest event of our sailing season, the National Bank of Samoa Regatta this Saturday, 12th December," he added.
"The sailors will range in ages from 9 years to the young 30s. Anyone who wishes to learn more about sailing or how to sponsor a sailor is welcome to enquire at the club at Mulinu'u.
The National Bank of Samoa Regatta will see optimists, lasers, and hobie cat boats on the course racing this Saturday afternoon and is open to the public.