South African Sailing Newsletter

October 2018

Dear Sailors

Welcome to this, the nineteenth of the monthly newsletters.


RSA make Magic in China

There was joy for South Africa as RSA Magic claimed victory at the Fareast 28R World Championship in China recently.
“It was a fantastic opportunity. We raced against 26 teams from 14 countries,” explained Roger Hudson, who skippered the boat along with Malcom Hall.
“The championship was in a beautiful place in Lake Fuxian in south west China – a very tricky sailing venue and we certainly managed to get the hang of the place during the four/five days we had to prepare before the event.” Read More...

Gouws grateful for Youth Olympics learning curve  

She may not have walked away from the Youth Olympic Games in Argentina with the result she wanted, but South African kiteboarder Rut Gouws knows she’s now up there with the best.
Gouws has recently returned to Stilbaai from Buenos Aires, knowing that when everything comes together, she can compete with the top kiteboarders in the world. The 15-year-old finished the inaugural Youth Olympic kiteboarding competition 10th overall, but managed a ninth, seventh and fifth place along the way. Read More...


SA Sailing nominates Alex Burger & Benji Daniel for SASCOC's Team Of The Year Award 


The following is the submission that was made by SA Sailing nominating our own 29er 2017 World Champions for this prestigious award.  Read More.. 

Countdown begins to 2018 Youth Nationals

The countdown has begun to the start of the 2018 SA Sailing Youth National Championships.
The host club, Stilbaai Yacht club, is situated on a peninsula in North Bay, opposite the north end of Groot Eiland on the Vaal dam. The club forms part of a shareblock housing estate with beautiful grounds and amazing facilities. There is a large expansive foreshore for viewing the racing and more than adequate camping facilities for all the families attending.
The entertainment committee have planned a jam-packed schedule for the families and the sailors off the water, with daily prizegivings, sponsored dinners and load of fun events. There will also be a novice sailing clinic daily.
Entries are now open online through the website portal. All the information you need regarding the venue, racing schedule, accommodation options and catering is available on the website

The early entry deadline is the 1ST of December, so don’t delay!

Important notice to SA Sailing boat owners

To all pleasure boat owners listed with South African Sailing

Since Marine Notice 9 of 2016 was issued, hull inspections have been carried out as required. S A Sailing recorded and filed the document manually as and when the inspection was carried out. During this initial period our computer software has been updated and tested to incorporate hull inspections and the issuing of a "Hull Inspection Certificate" to the owner. S A Sailing realize that this entails additional expense to our boat owners. Read More..

Hull inspection Check Sheet
Relevant Marine Notice: 9 of 2016

Lawhill wins 2018 Seatrade Middle East Africa and India Maritime Education and Training Award

Congratulations to STS Lawhill Maritime Centre who were announced the winners of the prestigious 2018 Seatrade Middle East Africa and India Maritime Education and Training Award in Dubai.
STS Lawhill Maritime Centre with the aid of Safmarine and the Lawhill Maritime Education Trust have enabled and changed many a young life in the area of maritime study.  This recently included supporting students from SailAfrica and RCYC Academy to travel to Spain to participate in the Super Yacht event earlier this year.

Coastal Club Survey

In previous editions we have briefed the membership on the purpose and the value of participating in the Coastal Club survey. For ease of reference please see last month's article here. Although we have had a warm response from members, we are short on club returns and we require your help to resolve this.
Members will recall there is a two-part survey. One part is aimed at securing returns from the individual members of the Coastal Clubs. The other is to be completed by the Clubs themselves. The purpose of both is to give a consolidated account of the economic contribution of this sector to the country’s GDP and, secondly, an account of our contribution to the socio-political challenges of South Africa. Read More...

World Sailing Board encouraged by progress of Governance Commission

New Organisation Structure for World Sailing

 A number of changes to the organisation’s structure and roles & responsibilities within the Executive Office at World Sailing have been made, which come into effect in early November.
 A summary of the key changes can be found below:
  • Jon Napier (Director of Legal & Governance) becomes (Director of Integrity & Governance) to reflect a broader range of responsibilities, to include the Race Official Management and Anti-Doping.
  • Jaime Navarro is promoted to Inshore Technical Manager from Technical Executive reporting into the new Director of Technical & Offshore (recruitment currently under way).
  • Matt Wheaton is promoted to Competitions Manager reporting into Alastair Fox (Director of Events).
  • Michael Downing joins WS as Olympic Manager (01/19), reporting in to Alastair Fox.
  • Chief Commercial Officer role will not be replaced. A new role of Commercial Director to be recruited for with responsibility for sponsorship sales, partner account management and fundraising, reporting to the CEO.
  • Harriet Strzelecki promoted to Director of Marketing & Brand, reporting to the CEO.
  • Daniel Smith promoted to Director of Communications & Digital, reporting to the CEO.
  • Suzi Johnston joins World Sailing (19/11) as EA to CEO & President and International Relations Manager.
  • Deanna Jevans joins World Sailing as a Marketing Executive following a 12-month internship,
The full organisational structure can be viewed here:

L1 wins eSailing Championship title

Six months of competition culminated in the Final, and the top eight eSailors from five countries took to the podium, aiming to be crowned World Champion.

After three qualification races, the eight eSailors were whittled down to six. These six went on to battle it out in the Final in a virtual Sydney Harbour on the J/70, a popular worldwide keelboat. Read more...

Training and Development 

Its been another busy month for the training department with a World Sailing audit on the National Training Program for re-accreditation. This is reviewed by World Sailing every 4 years.  We await the positive outcome of this audit.

The course schedule for 2019 has been completed and will be uploaded to the website in the coming days. A total 14 courses have been scheduled to take place around the country. 

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