South African Sailing Newsletter

February 2019

Dear Sailors

Welcome to this, the 22nd of the monthly newsletters.


Youth Worlds 2019 Team Announced


SA Sailing is thrilled to announce that the following youth sailors have been selected to travel to Gdynia, Poland to compete at the Youth Sailing World Championships from 13 to 20 July 2019. Leading the team will be Rio Olympian Stefano Marcia, and we have no doubt they will do the nation proud.
Isabella Wright – Laser Radial girls
Cullen Keytel – Laser Radial boys
Stephanie Goodyer and Liam Gunning – Mixed Multihull
Stefano Marcia – Team leader

Meet Isabella Wright


Cape Town sailor Isabella Wright is among the group of young South Africans selected to fly the nation’s flag at the Youth Sailing World Championships in Poland. In addition to competing at the event, she has been accepted into the World Sailing Emerging Nations Programme (ENP) for 2019. We caught up with the talented 17-year-old to find out more about her…
1. How do you feel about being included in the team for Youth Worlds?
I am extremely excited to have been selected for the team.  It is rewarding to see that the effort over the past few years has paid off. Read more....

Lipton Youth Challenge


In recent years a number of youth teams have joined the Lipton Challenge fleet, as much for the experience of taking part as for beating the defending club.

With the contest for the Lipton Cup being held in the Cape 31 this year, the Lipton Trustees and the RCYC, as current holders of the Cup, would like to hold a “Lipton Youth Challenge” on a trial basis, to be raced in L26s at the same time as the 2019 Lipton Cup Contest.

They are trying to gauge the level of interest around the country in this experimental Youth Challenge, open to sailors aged 25 and younger.

The intention is that a number of Cape-based L26s will be reserved for teams from the Northern Region, KwaZulu-Natal and the Eastern Cape. 

Racing in the youth fleet will be held over four days from Tuesday, August 6 to Friday, August 9 with a prizegiving on the Friday evening.  Competitors will be invited onto spectator boats to watch the inaugural Cape 31 race for the Lipton Cup on Monday, 5 August, to attend the post-race debriefs of the Cape 31 fleet each day and to watch the Lipton Cup final on Saturday, 10 August.

The intention is that the Youth Challenge competitors will have every opportunity to mix with and learn from what is shaping up to be the most competitive fleet of sailors in this country’s history.

This proposed Lipton Youth Challenge will only be held if there is sufficient interest to make a fleet of at least 10 boats likely.  As it is not an inter-club event more than one boat per club may enter. 

If you or any of your fellow club members are interested in putting a youth team together for this event, please contact Jennifer Burger at

National Sailing Centre for People with Disabilities

The beginning of February saw the launch of a truly exciting and ground-breaking initiative at Milnerton Aquatic Club. This is aimed at making the sport of sailing accessible to all Persons with a Disability (PWD).

Alex Simonis and Maarten Voogd worked to design specially adapted boats, SV14s, which, it is hoped will change the face of Paralympic sailing.

The initiative came about in response to sailing being dropped from the Paralympic progamme for 2020.

“The vision is that of Peter Jacobs who saw a need for an affordable yacht for persons with disabilities to sail,” explained Paralympic sailor Russell Vollmer. Read more...

photos courtesy of Angela Gray

Selection Document for Youth Worlds 2020

The criteria for selection of the team members as well as the team coach who will represent South Africa at the 2020 Youth Sailing World championships in Brazil have been finalised. Please click here for all details.

World Sailing President's Newsletter

You can catch up with all the latest news from World Sailing by reading the latest edition of the President’s Newsletter here


New Commercial Director for World Sailing

World Sailing is pleased to announce that Scott Over has been appointed as the new Commercial Director for the world governing body of the sport.
Scott joins World Sailing from OC Sport, an international sports event company, where he held the role of Commercial Director within the sailing division. He has a strong track record as a Commercial and Sponsorship Director and previously held posts at several sports agencies and the International Tennis Federation.

A keen sportsman and sailor, Scott is a member of the Royal Ocean Racing Club and has sailed from a young age completing his first transatlantic when he was 17 years old. He continues to sail and compete in the south of England with close friends. Read More...

SASCOC Scholarship News

The South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (SASCOC) have sent notification to sports federations in the country regarding scholarship opportunities for studies. Please see details below:
There are a number of scholarship opportunities currently available for South African students to undertake studies, research and exchanges in other countries. The Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) coordinates several such scholarships, while others are managed by other international, national and provincial departments or government agencies. Scholarships are for South African citizens and require a commitment to return to South African upon completion of studies.
Click here to see what scholarships are available:


Cape31 Invitational Regatta


A hugely successful Cape 31 Invitational regatta took place at RCYC from 5-10 February, with teams from Sweden, the United Kingdom, Hong Kong, South Africa and Namibia all taking part. Click here for the full run-down and videos from the event 

SA Sailing's Inland and Offshore Boat Maintenance Workshop Project

On 2-3 February 2019, Cay Hickson from South African Sailing set up an interactive maintenance and repair workshop for small boats and dinghies. The workshop was held at the premises of Sail Africa at Durban Marina.
The workshop was well attended by Sail Africa youth and the Durban chapter of the South African Sea Cadets as well as the Sea Scouts chapter.
This initiative was aimed mainly at the youth to develop skills in fiberglass repair, wooden boat repair and small boat rigging to enable them to repair their boats and get them back on the water at minimal cost, as well as teaching the basic principles of boat repair.
Due to the success of this workshop, further workshops at each of the organisations’ premises will be held in the near future to concentrate on their individual needs.

Regional News

Western Cape

This is a busy part of the season with a lot of regattas having taken place or are about to. Everyone is well aware from the various posts on social media.
I would like to draw attention to the club and classes to the calendar meeting being held at RCYC on the 11 March 2018. We are trying to implement a rolling calendar of a least two years. Please ensure that required dates are sent to the SASWC office.
With us now entering March can I remind all that the AGM is going to be scheduled for May. This means we will require the nominations for colours as per our points system used over the past three seasons. The deadline to make nominations is 15th March 2019 SA Sailing Western Cape Calling for Regional Award Nominations
On the committee we are still looking for a dinghy representative and keel boat representative. If you are interested, please let the SASWC office know.
Please all remember to support the SASWC champs being hosted by Theewater Sports Club over the Easter weekend.
Regards, Bruce Keytel

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