As a member club of the prestigious International Council of Yacht Clubs (ICoYC) the Royal Natal Yacht Club is involved in a number of important initiatives aimed at promoting yachting throughout the world. Following the Commodores’ Forum hosted last year in Copenhagen by the Kongelig Dansk Yachtklub (KDY), otherwise known as the Royal Danish Yacht Club, member clubs from around the world agreed to participate in a youth exchange program.
The program has been spearheaded by the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron and we are delighted to announce that the first ICoYC youth exchange has been arranged between the KDY and RNYC. Following a recommendation received from Commodore Lars Ives of the KDY we will be hosting Lauritz Walsoe for a period of 6 months.
While in Durban Lauritz will be undertaking sail training and coaching for those youth participating in our various sail training programs while also providing volunteer work at local hospitals. In anticipation of his arrival next week, Lauritz has provided us with a brief biography which we are sure you will find both interesting and impressive. Members should keep an eye out for this “bright young Dane” around the clubhouse over the next 6 months and we hope you will welcome him into our community and extend our traditional “RN” hospitality. We are grateful to Jeremy and Tracey Kriek for hosting Lauritz and those club members from the medical fraternity for providing him with the opportunities to work in local hospitals.
For more information about participating in the ICoYC youth exchange program members should contact the Commodore”
Dear members of Royal Natal Yacht Club
My name is Lauritz Walsøe, and I will be joining you for the next 8 months in Durban. Back in January I wrote to Graham and applied for a coaching job. Luckily it all worked out and I’m looking very forward to meet you all at the Yacht Club.
I’m 19 years old and born and raised in Copenhagen, Denmark. In June I finished High School, and I’m currently having a gap year, before starting at the university next August.
I’ve been sailing since I was 8 years old. My sail club is KDY – the Royal Danish Yacht Club. I started in the yacht club sailing the Optimist dinghy which I sailed until I was 14 years old. Since then I’ve been sailing the Laser dinghy. The sail training in KDY was very focused on racing and together with my sailing friends we participated in regattas all around Europe. Over the years I’ve participated in the European Championship three times where my best result was 16th out of 153 participants. Furthermore, I’ve won the Danish National Ranking list in Laser Radial, been a part of the Youth National Team and received a silver medal at the Danish National Laser Championship.
Being part of the Youth National Team in Denmark also means that we have to learn how to transfer our knowledge to the new generations of sailors. The Danish Sailing Federation is facilitating the coaching education, which I have completed.
Since 3 years I’ve been working at the youth centre of the Royal Danish Yacht Club as a coach for children, youngsters and adults in dinghy sailing. Hopefully, I can bring some value as a coach to Durban.
I can’t wait to arrive in Durban, and meet all the members of RNYC!
Warm regards from Copenhagen