On Friday 21 September, we had Vanuatu’s first ever inter-school competition in sailing, and the close competition was a testament to how far the students have developed. It was so successful that we have another scheduled on 19 October just before my departure.
On 22 September, we competed in Bart’s Bash - a world-wide sailing race to raise money for disadvantaged sailors (us?). Vanuatu had the honour of being the first country to compete. We had both junior and senior divisions, ni-Van sailors being well in the majority. Our little outing apparently made the BBC in the UK.
We’ve been able to establish a sailing program for crew from P&O cruise ships, and Sunday saw our biggest so far with 15 sailors enjoying a beer and a day out.
And to cap it all, the week saw our nominations go to the national Olympic committee for the 2019 Pacific Games.
Having completed Rescue Boat and First Aid courses for the trainee instructors, I’ll be happy to leave the running of the sailing school in the hands of Hiro Namu, until my replacement arrives in February.
The year has been a roller coaster, but finishing most satisfactorily. I really hope the rest of you have had as good a time!