Monday, January 30, 2017

Kidz At Sea in Their Didi 26

Garthe Steyn of the Kidz at Sea program in Sint Maarten keeps me updated about what is happening in their program. The Kidz at Sea program teaches school children how to build boats and also how to sail. They have one Didi 26 in the water, named "Purple Heart". They built it and launched last year, then raced in the Heineken Regatta. Now they are building their 2nd boat, working toward building a fleet of sisterships that can be raced as a fleet, crewed by their students.

Today Garth sent me this photo of "Purple Heart" racing in a regatta this past weekend, crewed by two instructors and three students. He reports that they now have an old asymmetrical spinnaker from a Melges 24 in their sail wardrobe. They were racing yesterday in 18-22 knot winds and big waves, giving some exciting sailing with surfing speeds into the high teens.
Didi 26 "Purple Heart" of the Kidz at Sea program.
I will write more about the second boat when I have more info and photos.

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