South African Sailing Newsletter

November 2018

Dear Sailors

Welcome to this, the twentieth of the monthly newsletters.

SA's Matt Ashwell crowned 2018 African Optimist Champion


Michael and Heidi Kavanagh were at Clube Maritimo de Desportos, Maputo Bay in Mozambique for the 2018 African Optimist Championships, which were held from 25 November to 2 December.  The following report bringing us up to speed on all the action on the last day comes from them.
Congrats to Matt Ashwell and the rest of the SA team for doing us proud!
The final day of the 2018 African Optimist Championships saw just one race Read More...

Cape 31 Training Weekend


TNT, aka Tony Norris and Tina Plattner, conceived, sponsored and executed the most extraordinary training event for the Cape 31 fleet over three days on the 23rd to the 25th of November in Table Bay. Eleven Cape 31’s were on the water to take advantage of this first time ever opportunity to have a top flight team of international experts coach, challenge and feedback performance tips on making each boat quicker. Read More...

Link for training Photos
Link for training highlights Video

Details from the debriefing sessions are shown below:
Training Report Friday Report
Training Report Saturday Report
Training Report Sunday Report
Video on inboard sheeting

SA Sailing/Intasure Insurance Third Party Liability Offering


SA Sailing and Intasure are excited to extend a further benefit to paid up sailing members of the National Federation. Third party liability insurance is increasingly required by regatta organisers as a condition of entry. Internationally, it is mostly obligatory. It also makes good sense to have this insurance for regular sailing including cruising.
Intasure have examined the issue and now make available R25m of cover to all paid up sailing members of the National Federation. This is available to the member irrespective of the boat sailed. It also covers international events. Those who have competed abroad know the challenges for a South African to organize such insurance. Should an overseas organizing authority require a larger sum additional cover can be arranged for a small extra fee.
And there is even more good news. SA Sailing has decided to absorb the costs of the Third Party Liability insurance and extend this as a benefit of membership. This is a value add of your membership. Please ensure your yacht club has paid over your membership and advised SA Sailing that you are in good standing. Otherwise you will not be covered.
Please see the attached brochure and contact Stephan Fast - Account Executive on for a quotation on your boat insurance.   
Have you as yet checked the competitiveness of this offering? We are confident it will more than save you the cost of your SA Sailing membership regardless of the cost of the yacht insured. What quantum of Third Party Liability do you presently have and at what cost?

Budding Sailors gear up for Youth Nationals

Youth Nationals is just a matter of weeks away. We caught up with organiser Shellee Nel, for the event at Stilbaai Yacht Club on the Vaal Dam from 15 to 20 December.

How is the planning and organisation going for Youth Nationals? Read More....

World Sailing's Nations Cup Match Racing - Expression of Interest 

South African Sailing has been offered two entries (one open team and one female team) for the Nations Cup Match Racing finals in San Francisco from 9 to 14 April 2019. The event will take place in the J22 class. This is an event in which we have been successful in the past and we feel it provides a unique opportunity to re-introduce this form of sailing into South Africa and to compete against the best in the world.
Notice is hereby given of the intention to hold a qualification event for the selection of a South African open and female teams to attend this event. Read More....

World Sailing Conference 2018

The World Sailing Council met and the AGM was held in Sarasota, USA from the 27th of October to the 4th of November 2018.

Special highlights of the annual meeting schedule were the first ever e-Sailing World  Championships ( Video), the Sailors of the Year Awards ( Awards highlights )and two special Forums on Safety in Sailing  and Offshore and Keelboat Racing ( Video ).
The major matter of the eight days of meetings was the resolution of the 10th medal event for the 2024 Olympics.

The solution was the introduction for the first time ever of a two person mixed offshore keelboat race over three days and two nights. This was approved by the General Assembly on the final day.  Read More....

World Sailing AGM confirms Kiteboarding for the Paris 2024 Olympic Games

The International Kiteboard Association made the following release after the World Sailing conference in November 2018.

Number of permitted hydrofoil systems per event: 1 high performance, high aspect ratio hydrofoil system
Number of permitted kites per event: 4 high performance, high aspect ratio kites
Kite system: RAM-Air (foil-kite)
Kite size for Women: 7-21 m2.
Kite size for Men: 7-21 m2.
Weight range women: 50-70kg
Weight range men: 65-85kg
Board concept: Foiling
Equipment Criteria for Mixed Kiteboarding:

Same hydrofoil system, board and kites scheme for men and women. Read More ....


SA Sailing's National Training Program is re-accredited by World Sailing

South Africa is very proud to have been the first MNA (Member Nation Authority) to have been accredited by World Sailing when the National Training Scheme was implemented in the mid-2000s. And, in the first round of re-accreditation, is one of the first six MNAs to be re-accredited.Read More....


Government's Prioritisation of Sport Codes Policy

SA Sailing is calling all sailors to get involved and provide feedback to the Department of Sport and Recreation, who have called for comments and input on their Draft Prioritisation of Sports Codes Policy. More information from the Department is detailed below:

The National Sport and Recreation Plan (NSRP) enjoins the institutions leading the sector, particularly Sport and Recreation South Africa and the South African Sport Confederation and Olympic Committee to maximise the return on investment by prioritizing sport codes best suited to broaden the participation base or achieving international success. The NSRP further indicates that in an effort to broaden the participation base in a resources constrained environment, National Federations that have the potential to offer participation opportunities to large segments of the population will be prioritised. In addition priority will Read More...

Policy Purpose:
The purpose of this policy is to enable the country to focus its efforts and resources by identifying sport

To read the full draft policy, follow this link
To submit your comments and input, please use this online form


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