For the second year in a row, at the International Nautical, Hunting and Fishing Show in Belgrade, among all the exclusive boats and yachts, there is a modest sailboat and the sail of an Optimist class boat on the stand of the Butterfly Foundation. Thanks to the support and understanding of the organizers of this nautical event, parents of young sailors, together with their children, actively participate in promotion of sailing in Serbia, but also raise funds for the development of this sport.
Sailing is an expensive individual sport that requires a lot of training both in Serbia and abroad. The resources that parents put aside to enable young enthusiasts of this sport to develop and participate in domestic and international competitions are beyond the reach of an average individual.
“Every trip to a multi-day training course or an international regatta, along with the entrance fee, costs between 200 and 300 euros per child,” says mother of Stefan Yuill, European Champion in Optimist Class for 2017. And in order to build a champion, as in any sport, it is necessary to have as many such training courses and races as possible throughout the year.
The result that Stefan Yuill has achieved is a guideline for other children who strive towards the same goal every day. A large number of children are being trained in numerous sailing clubs from Subotica, via Novi Sad and Belgrade to Smederevo, Golubac and Donji Milanovac. All these clubs, together with the Sailing Federation of Serbia, give their best to support the young involved in this Olympic sport, but additional assistance is necessary. It is from such a need that the Butterfly Foundation was established, to give wind to the sails of the young generation and to give them the opportunity to try out a sport that opens horizons, provides unforgettable experience and gives them the opportunity to develop as individuals, but also team members.
Sailing is a demanding sport, and the Optimist Class brings together children up to 15 years of age who are dedicated to hard work in all weather conditions and long hours of training on the water, and who give up socializing at weekends, because it is the time most often spent on racing. They deserve admiration and attention of the society in which they are growing. They are driven by the wind on the water, and they expect to receive an applause from the coast, but also the necessary financial support. Therefore, the Butterfly Foundation from its stand, along with leaflets with a payment instruction, sends a message: “Every donation is welcome”. Numerous corporate and individual donations have so far helped our great children to achieve awesome results, so join in and be a part of the winning team.
Suport Foundation: www.leptir.org.rs