The scheme, supported by cash sponsorship from international shipping firm TORM will part fund the supply of RS Teras and RS Fevas to sailing clubs across Denmark this year. The boats will be used for junior training, coaching and access programmes, and have been specifically selected to encourage children afloat at grass roots level. The subsidised RS Teras and RS Fevas are purchased by the clubs in this unique opportunity. The first clubs were queueing up to place orders on Friday when the scheme launched on the website www.sejlsport.dk.
RS Sales Manager Riki Hooker commented on the deal “Dansk Sejlunion have been really smart in addressing the need to encourage people into the sport of sailing, obviously I am delighted they have decided the best two boats for this project our both from our range.”
Christian Steffensen, Manager of Youth Sailing for the Danish Sailing Association stated: “We have a responsibility as a governing body, to get children excited about sailing, get them on the water in a fun environment, which will ensure retention. This project is about fun on the water.”
A similar arrangement, in 2007, succesfully transformed Danish junior sailing with the supply of over 100 RS Fevas in the first phase of the programme. The 2009 project is the second phase of the Feva program, this time additionally complimented with the RS Tera. The RS Tera is the boat aimed at local clubs to offer fun sailing and racing, as well as the more intensive regatta and coaching schemes in more traditional classes. The ISAF recognised RS Tera enjoyed its first world championships in 2008 in Sweden, is already firmly established internationally and is fast becoming the boat of choice across the world because children just love sailing them. The TORM sponsorship allows RS and the Danish Sailing Asscoiation to make a significant impact in the sport of sailing in Denmark.