Power NI Makes a Splash At County Antrim Yacht Club
County Antrim Yacht Club (CAYC) has boosted its efforts to train young sailors and launch its coastal rowing section, thanks to Power NI, Northern Ireland’s leading energy supplier.
With £500 funding from Power NI, the club was able to purchase new sails for its training boats used by aspiring sailors from as young as 8 years old and a launching trailer for rowing boats used by the club’s newly formed coastal rowing section.
Steffi Lewis and Jenny Livingstone, two Power NI employees from the Whitehead community, nominated CAYC through the company’s Helping Hands scheme. This initiative allows employees to give back to groups which they support and contribute to their local community.
Steffi, whose family have been key members of the club for over 30 years, said: “As over 60 children attend our summer sailing courses each year, the sails bought with the Helping Hands scheme are crucial to helping kids learn new skills and really grow in confidence. I’m so glad I can contribute these sails to the club for future instructors thanks to Power NI. ”
Based in Whitehead, the club has been operating since 1902 and currently boasts over 350 members. They offer opportunities for locals to learn to sail, coastal row and kayak as well as hosting community events. Members have gone on to great success in local, all-Ireland and international events.
Grateful for the funding, Club Captain, Francis Rock, commented: “As CAYC relies on fundraising activities for all of its income, the funding from Power NI will ensure we can continue on the legacy of the club with pride.”