(Press release) – The Women’s Sailing Courses or Famalao’an Lalåyak Project uses a basic sailing skills program developed by sailor Cecilio Raiukiulipiy and 500 Sails co-founder Peter Perez. Classes are taught by previous female members of the cohort.
“We are looking for women willing to give back to the community as instructors in future Lalåyak courses. Let’s continue to revive the nautical traditions of the Marianas by working together!
These Famalao’an Lalåyak lessons from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. are a perfect complement to the Sunday Sails program led by sailor Mario Benito which runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., offering walks and initiations to sailing for new sailors.
What: Famalao’an Lalåyak (Sailing course for women)
When: Classes are held every Sunday, 8 a.m. to 10 a.m., starting September 19, 2021 (before Sunday sails, 10 a.m. to noon) and ending November 7, 2021.
Important: Participants must pass swimming tests on the 1st day of lessons (400 m and 1 hour of white water).
Where: All classes are held at Guma Sakman.
Who: Women and girls (12 years and older) with parental consent
Cost: All courses are free!
There are seven classes. Three of the classes are on land, four in/on the water. Additionally, 10 training sails must be completed as a working crew.
Final exams: a written test and a practical test must be passed to be certified as a crew or “mågus” (skipper). The final exam will be scheduled when participants have completed the required 10 training sails.
For more information, email [email protected] or call 285-4268.