Elizabeth’s job also opened her eyes to the silly situation on an island with some of the world’s best beaches and sailing conditions, where something like 10% of the locals will ever learn to swim, much less sail. It’s certainly not uncommon for affluent whites to be the only sailors in a formerly colonial nation, but for Jordan, it’s not OK, and she decided to do something about it.
She’s worked tirelessly to garner support from yachties, companies, and the government to develop the new Antigua National Sailing Academy, and in its first year, the learn-to-sail program has already reached program capacity of around 150 kids per week. While most of the current students come from more affluent private schools, a new partnership with an Antiguan swimming school will soon allow poorer state school students to safely begin learning to sail as well. “Of all the sports these children participate in, this is the one that can offer lucrative life-long employment right at our front door,” said Jordan. When asked what has motivated her to work two full-time jobs for the YC and Academy, her answer seemed obvious. “ Because I love sailing,” she said.
Listen to the full 13 minute interview with Liz below, and find out how you can support the Academy here.