RMYS is seeking financial support to keep our junior and youth sailing programs growing.
The “Quests for RMYS” program has been set up in a tax deductible form to raise funds to buy RS Quests to replace our 12ft Cadets.
To keep our junior squad competitive in the historic Stonehaven Cup (taking place at RMYS in 2018), our target is to raise $65000. This will be matched by the RS Quest supplier Sailing Raceboats on a 2 for 1 offer. However, to obtain this benefit RMYS will need to order the vessels by 30 September 2017.
The Stonehaven Cup is sailed by junior teams of 3 per boat in 12ft Cadet dinghies. The annual event pits junior teams from around the country against each other. The Stonehaven Cup National Committee (SHCNC) is the body responsible for ensuring the future of the event.
Over the past 3 years all clubs have seen a decline in the number of junior Cadet sailors. The SHCNC response to these changes has been to commit to an alternative type of boat. The RS Quest has been chosen by the committee to replace 12ft Cadets over the next 1-2 years.
The rationale has been:
- Desire to retain the event in a 3-4 crew boat, with better performance features than the traditional 12ft Cadet
- Select a boat type that will encourage crew racing
- Select a boat type that will encourage more clubs in more states to compete
- Establish a Port Phillip group of clubs that compete in Quests at multiple events during the year with junior, adult and mixed crews.
State of Play
To date Tassie clubs KIBC and St Helen’s, Victorian clubs RBYC, Black Rock, Port Melbourne, and Darwin Yacht Club in the Northern Territory have commenced programs to purchase RS Quests and compete in future events.
Future – Sailing Pathway
The RMYS sailing committee takes the view that RMYS is primarily a keelboat club. The SC believes that a junior program focused on crew teams best supports development of keel boat sailors within the club. The RS Quest is considered a suitable boat to foster crew development and so acts as a step on the track to larger keel boat racing and cruising.
Acquiring Quests – Business Sponsors
We are able to offer tax effective terms to businesses for hull and sail advertising for sponsors by issuing commercial invoices. Please contact the RMYS offfice or Michael Culhane on 0419 104211 for full details.
Acquiring Quests - Personal Sponsors
Working with the Australian Sports Foundation, RMYS has established a donation fund for Junior sailing, ensuring that personal donations to the fund are a tax deduction. You can donate here.
Please contact Michael Culhane by phone or email - mobile: 0419 104211; email Michael.firstname.lastname@example.org. Or speak directly with Allicia or Matt in the office for details on how you can join the program.