by Kevon Browne
St. Kitts and Nevis (WINN): The St Kitts Yacht Club hosts their 8th Annual St. Kitts Peninsula Swim on November 28, starting at 8 a.m.
“Next weekend, we have a special event called the Peninsula Swim to try and encourage more serious swimming on the island, which is a 1.9 mile swim down the coastline starting at Whitehouse Bay and finishing at Shipwreck on South Friars Bay,” said the Commodore of the club Nicholas Dupre in an interview with WINN.
Over forty participants have signed up for the event (10 children, 15 kayakers). The Commodore is encouraging the general public to come out and support the club and its participants.
“If anybody is a swimmer and wants to get involved, it’s a good chance to sort of test yourself on distance and just to have something on the calendar to encourage swimming. It’s also a good feeder if you want to do the channel swim. This is 1.9 miles; the channel is 2.5 miles, so it’s a good feeder for that,” said Dupre.
The event also doubles as a chance for the club to raise sponsorships for children who cannot afford the club’s weekend sailing and swimming programs held each Saturday afternoon on the Strip at Frigate Bay.
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Anester Sedam, a 16-year-old volunteer for the Peninsular swim and an active member of the yacht club’s sailing program, spoke about her experience with the club and how her mother encouraged her to go even further.
“I’ve been sailing for about two years now. My experience with the yacht club is really nice. At first, when I went to the Nevis aquatic camp to learn how to sail, I was shaken a little because I had a few incidents… I didn’t think I would have come back here, honestly. I was like sailing ain’t for me, the water ain’t for me at all,” said Sedam, who continued learning after her mother encouraged her to advance further with learning how to sail on her own.
“She was like, ‘you ain’t want to learn how to learn to sail the Feva by yourself, without any help?’ I was like, now you say it, I kind of want to do that, I want to show up some people… and I came back, and it was really nice. Nick is a really nice instructor, and the yacht club is like a family. You feel welcomed, and even if you fail, it’s a bit fun and caring and sheltering, so I really like it here.”