Kidz at Sea welcomes new group to boat class | THE DAILY HERALD

The current boat-building team consists of students Rayzjeldrick Karel, Jason Gumbs, Natercia Eleonora, Owean Brown, Nyssa Williams and Kyshani Hyman.

PHILIPSBURG–With the generous financial support of Samenwerkende Fondsen, Kidz at Sea Foundation recently welcomed new students to the Build Your Future project boat-building class.

As an introduction to the marine sector in St. Maarten, this project enables Milton Peters College (MPC) students ages 14-18 to join a special boat-building class for several months and to take sailing lessons in their spare time.

After some hiccups following Hurricane Irma, the current team is looking forward to finishing the boat and getting it on the water before the end of summer.

“We would like to fix up the boat now and then sail it later,” student Rayzeldrick Karel (17) said.

This was echoed by Jason Gumbs (17), “I’m happy to work on the construction of this boat, I’m learning a lot in the process but I can’t wait till the boat is finished and get it in the water!”

The boat under construction is a Didi 26, designed by Dudley Dix. It is affectionately referred to as Hull #2 at the moment and, when completed, will become the sister ship of Purple Heart, the previous sloop built by MPC Vocational students. When put to sea, this world-class racing-designed vessel will sail with six crew members.

Kidz at Sea Foundation is dedicated to providing young people with access to career opportunities in the maritime sector of St. Maarten through the Build Your Future project and other activities. The project is specifically geared towards developing life skills to help youngsters succeed, both on and off the water. Skills such as teamwork, communication, accountability and problem-solving are at the core of the project, according to the foundation.

Source: The Daily Herald