Kirk Chewning & David Johnson of St. Croix financial services firm Cane Bay Partners VI, LLLP continue to sponsor the week-long sailing and life skills experiential educational program for St. Croix’s Ricardo Richards School program.

Jan. 29, 2015 – Christiansted, USVI – St. Croix financial services company, Cane Bay Partners VI, LLLP, and the World Ocean School have teamed up again to offer St. Croix’s Ricardo Richards Middle School students a unique educational experience.

Cane Bay Partners – at the direction of its partners Kirk Chewning and David Johnson — donated the funds to provide the educational sailing program at no cost to the students of the Ricardo Richards School.

Cane Bay Partners' Kirk Chewning, David Johnson Sponsor Student Sailing Program

Cane Bay Partners’ Kirk Chewning, David Johnson Sponsor Student Sailing Program

The week-long program inspires the students with academically-tied experiential programs aboard the National Historic Landmark Schooner Roseway, according to Abby Kidder, President and Co-Founder of the World Ocean School Aboard the Roseway.

For many students, their first step aboard the Roseway is their first step onto a boat of any kind. During the educational program, they work together to raise the 2,000 pound sail and navigate the 90-year-old, 260-ton sailboat.

“If the kids don’t work together, the sail does not go up,” Kidder said. “Everyone involved has a real and immediate impact on sailing this boat. She is authentic and the kids respond to that.”

The benefit of this authentic experience made perfect sense to Cane Bay Partners leadership.

VIDEO: Hear from the kids themselves in this wonderful video supplied by World Ocean School and Videographer Ted Davis.

“We see tremendous value in the life skills this program offers our Virgin Island students,” said Chewning. “Communication, team-building, trust and the value of self-worth are integral components of the week-long lesson plan. That’s why we continue to support the Roseway program and encourage others to do the same.”

This weekend the World Ocean School holds its annual St. Croix fundraiser to support all of its experiential education programs.

The Roarin’ Roseway Gala and Patron’s Events take placethis Friday and Saturday (January 30-31). The two-day event kicks off with a Sold-Out sail aboard the historic schooner on Friday night and finishes with a Sold-Out 1920’s-themed gala at the Ha’Penny Club Saturday night. To learn more about how you can contribute to this cause, visit the World Ocean School website.

“St. Croix’s students are the building blocks our island’s future,” Johnson said. “Cane Bay Partners will continue to seek out opportunities like the Roseway program to enhance and expand their educational opportunities.”

About Cane Bay Partners VI, LLLP: Cane Bay Partners VI, LLLP was formed in June 2009 and founded by internationally experienced business executives with many years of experience in the financial services industry. Focusing our efforts primarily in the financial services industry, our management consulting practice specializes in providing services to clients in need of sophisticated risk management models, debt collections organizations which require liquidation models and analytics, and portfolio management companies desiring a variety of services.  More specifically, our practice has elected to specialize in three areas where we believe our core competencies reside: (1) management consulting (2) risk management/scorecard development and (3) service provider analysis.

About World Ocean School Aboard the Roseway: The World Ocean School is an internationally focused nonprofit, nonsectarian organization dedicated to providing challenging educational programs aboard the historic schooner Roseway. Our programs include sail-training, team-building and academic hands-on lessons in science, math and the humanities. These educational lessons include learning knots, navigation, the principle of lift, trade routes, local island history and ecology, simple machines, buoyancy, speed and distance tests, poetry of the sea, climbing the rigging, and much more!

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