South African Sailing Newsletter

January 2019

Dear Sailors

Welcome to this, the 21st of the monthly newsletters.

SA Sailing would like to take this opportunity to wish all sailors a happy and successful 2019.

Youth Champions Crowned


Over 150 young sailors from across the country gathered at Stilbaai Yacht Club on the Vaaldam from 15 to 20 December 2018 to battle it out at the Youth Nationals.
The event was once again hailed as a massive success, with youngsters from the ages of nine to nineteen having a lot of fun both on and off the water. There was a fabulous atmosphere with everybody enjoying themselves. Read More....

"When it Roars, Go Indoors"


This is the catch phrase adopted by the South African Weather Service recently in light of recent weather patterns. If there is inclement weather around, rather stay indoors.
SA Sailing noted with great sadness the tragic loss to the rowing community of a young coach and hospitalisation of a youth rower after being struck by lightning while packing up after a regatta.
At this difficult time, it is important to reiterate the safety-first approach when it comes to our sport, which places us at the mercy of the elements on a regular basis. Please keep the following in mind, when out on the water:

  • Have an Emergency Action Plan that is shared and understood by all
  •  Keep an eye on weather patterns 
  • Wear suitable Gear
  •  “When it roars, go in doors”  

SA Sailing would like to extend our support and sympathy to the rowing community, Somerset College and all family and friends affected by this tragedy.

Sonnet Nationals


A hugely successful Sonnet Nationals took place at Hermanus Yacht Club in early January. Two-time Olympian Roger Hudson made the following comments on the event…
“Wow, what a fun event! Thanks to everyone involved and to Hermanus Yacht Club for making this such a great nationals. Twelve substantial and interesting races, run efficiently and professionally, really made this feel like an international-level sailing event... Congrats Bruce Keytel and team."
“Ashore it was all smooth and friendly and without fuss, thanks to Tracy and Paul Collingridge and all the other volunteers, especially Dale Rae for results, Dave Hudson for Protests, and the incredible Will Crockett for his stunning drone footage."
“Big congratulations to Malcolm and Dylan Hall for exemplary light wind sailing displays and for hanging in with true grit when the breeze got up a bit. It was a challenge and a pleasure to have such a tight contest against you guys and the consistent Rae team too."
“Well done also to all the youngsters who are climbing the ladder in this class. Every time we race you guys look stronger and stronger. Keep climbing and your turn is coming! To all the class newcomers, welcome and thank you for getting involved. And to every single competitor, thank you for coming to HYC at such late notice, you made the event what it was."
"30 boats is a superb turnout. Can we build to 40 and even dream of 50? I hope we can. See you all next time!”

Match Racing - Nations Cup 2019

An invitation was sent in December, that some perhaps you missed in year-end madness, to submit your entry for selection in the Nations Cup Match Racing Regatta. Here is more information regarding the bigger picture of where SA Sailing envisage this specific sailing skill going in the future.
Match Racing is a racing niche that has not been used or seen for several years. The invitation to attend the Nations Cup Match Racing has started people thinking and hopefully reviving of this regatta format.
Long term the intention is to have an annual National Match Racing Regatta held on a rotational basis in each province. The yacht of choice would be determined by the fleet most prevalent in that province but open to teams from any province.
As a kick start to the project, diarise: 1-3 March, DAC Vaal Dam Read More...

Call for Nominations : SA Sailing Annual Awards

It is the time of the year to nominate and recognise South African Sailing members who have excelled in the sport during 2018.  We are looking for nominations in the following categories; Sailor of the Year, Junior Sailor of the Year, the most meritorious ocean sailing passage completed, and an outstanding contribution to the administration of sailing.  We look forward to receiving your nominations before the deadline of 7 February 2019. 

Click here to make your nomination(s)

SA Sailing Response to Draft DSR Prioritisation Policy

At the end of last year, SA Sailing put out the call for all sailors to get involved and provide feedback to the Department of Sport and Recreation, who called for comments and input on their Draft Prioritisation of Sports Codes Policy.
The purpose of this policy is to enable the country to focus its efforts and resources by identifying sport codes which are a priority for South Africa.
SA Sailing undertook the task as per the request for comments and amendments to the Prioritization of the Sport Codes Policy sent to all sports federations on the 22nd November 2018. We did so by engaging with the National Council, Regional Councils, SA Sailing members and clubs to collate their thoughts.
South African Sailing looks forward to engaging with the Department to build on these ideas and further enhance the reputation and stature of South Africa, not just on the continent but globally.
Click here to see SA Sailing’s official response:
To read the full draft policy, follow this link

Four Boats Shortlisted Following World Sailing Olympic Re-evaluation Process

Paris 2024 Olympic Games

Four boats have been shortlisted to proceed to the equipment-trial phase as part of the re-evaluation process for the Men's and Women's One Person Dinghy Equipment for the Paris 2024 Olympic Sailing Competition.
World Sailing received eight compliant bids and following a procedure approved at the 2018 Mid-Year Meeting, the following boats have been shortlisted and will be put forward to World Sailing's Council at the 2018 Annual Conference (in alphabetical order): Read more....

Lipton Cup 2019 Dates announced

The battle is on! Organisers of the Lipton Challenge Cup 2019 recently released the following statement:
“Following Royal Natal Yacht Club’s recent announcement that they intend challenging RCYC for the Cup, the Lipton Trustees have confirmed that the dates for the 2019 contest will be Read More...


Regional News

To catch up on news from the various regions, click on the links below....

Northern Region

NR News and upcoming events

Kwazulu Natal

Whats on KZN

Western Cape

SA Sailing Western Cape Calling for Regional Award Nominations

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Training and Development 

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