Sailing schools and the future of sailing, by Miguel Lago

For many years now, the MRCYB has made a firm commitment to the basic wing. The reasons for this decision are multiple and diverse, and many of them have to do with circumstances that go beyond purely sporting ones.

All nautical clubs have in their statutes, as one of their main objectives, the promotion of nautical activities. In the case of the MRCYB, the bet has been on sailing, for roots, for tradition and for all the values it brings.

This promotion work from the clubs is of great importance, since they are the only entities related to sailing that carry it out today. A large commercial marina may have magnificent facilities, but its purpose is to provide services to ships and shipowners who moor their ships there or go in transit. But for that marina to be filled with boats, it is the clubs that have to carry out preliminary work, generating a love of the sea among the people, through their sports schools.

This promotional work by yacht clubs is highly relevant for marinas and the nautical industry in general, and, unfortunately, it is not always recognized by administrations.

Sailing schools are also of vital importance for the very existence of a club, since if the children of today, who will govern the entity in the future, do not have a fondness for the sea, its essence is totally distorted. We all know clubs that have become purely social entities, with no practical connection to the sea, due to the lack of fans of their members.

In the case of the MRCYB we also have an added obligation, that of making known to the children and young people of the wonderful fishing village of Baiona, a different vision of the one that, due to family tradition, they may have of the sea, that sea that takes to grandparents, parents and siblings for a long time, and sometimes never to return.

Our goal is to give them a new perspective, and for children to understand that in addition to its hardness, the sea also brings values such as camaraderie, effort, teamwork and friendship, without forgetting one very important thing: sailing is terribly funny!

Miguel Lago, Commodore of the MRCYB