South African Sailing Newsletter November 2019
Dear Sailors

Welcome to this, the 31st of the monthly newsletters.


Junior Protea Colours for Ian Walker

SA Sailing congratulates young sailor Ian Walker on being awarded his Junior Protea Colours. The news of Walker’s award was conveyed to SA Sailing by the South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (SASCOC).

Walker was South Africa’s only representative at this year’s Optimist World Championships and did the country proud, finishing in fifth place out of 255 competitors. This result ranks as one of the top achievements for South African sailors on the international stage as the Optimist World Championships is a clear indicator of future Olympic champions. It was also a massive improvement of 36 places on his result from last year’s event in Cyprus. Read more…


SA Sailing Appoints General Manager

SA Sailing take great pleasure in announcing the appointment of Lucy de Freitas as new General Manager for the organisation.

This is a newly created position and one that the highly capable De Freitas is more than capable of picking up and running with. She has been with SA Sailing for almost four years – having joined the organisation as National Training and Development Manager in March 2016. Read more…


Youth Nationals Entries Close this Friday

The country’s top up and coming young talent will converge on Theewater Sports Club in Villiersdorp from 14-19 December for the 2019 SA Sailing Youth National Championships which incorporates the Optimist and Dabchick classes.

The deadline for entries has been extended but must be completed no later than this Friday, 6 December at midnight. All those planning to compete should enter via the SA Sailing website by following the link:

The event website has been updated to include information on meals and camping arrangements. Find out more by clicking here


49er World Championships 2019

The 49er World Championships are currently under way in Auckland, and will conclude on 8 December. Our best wishes go to Benji Daniel and Alex Burger, who are representing South Africa in New Zealand.

Over 400 sailors from 40 countries are competing at the event. You can watch live streaming of the racing here:


Vato’s Zulu Girl on Track for Cape2Rio Success

While many wind down over the coming weeks, Siyanda Vato will be doing just the opposite. He and his team will be putting in their final preparation for the Cape2Rio Ocean race which sets off for a 16th time in January 2020.

Far from being there to make up the numbers, Vato and his crew on Zulu Girl – powered by Mazi Asset Management – are in it to win it. Read more…


2020 Offshore World Championships

The 2020 Offshore World Championship will be held in Valletta, Malta as part of the Rolex Middle Sea Race from 10-22 October 2020. The Mixed Two Person Event – one male and one female – will be raced in 20 supplied L30s, a one-design keelboat.

All Member National Authorities will have an opportunity to qualify their nation during the two month qualification window. Read more…


World Sailing and the America’s Cup

World Sailing, the world governing body of the sport, and the Defender and Challenger of Record of the 36th America’s Cup presented by Prada have reached agreement for the next edition of the America’s Cup.

The agreement was signed at the World Sailing Annual Conference in Bermuda, where Emirates Team New Zealand representing the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron won the 35th edition in emphatic fashion. Read more…


revSPORT Feature Highlight: Race and Regatta Management

As you know, we recently launched the exciting, new SA Sailing Sports Management Platform. The system, developed by Revolutionise Sport and adopted by Australian Sailing to service its 85,000 members and clubs, has been implemented at a national level, together with a new integrated website. We’ve been highlighting some of the features available on the new site so you can become more familiar with this latest, innovative system. Here’s a look at: Read more….


World Sailing Annual Conference

Philip Baum and Lance Burger attended the World Sailing conference in Bermuda from the 26th of October to the 3rd of November 2019. Philip participated in the Events Committee, the Governance Commission, Council and the AGM and Lance in meetings of the Racing Rules Committees and specialist sub-committees.

The two significant matters dealt with in Bermuda were the selection of the iFoil as the equipment to be used for the 2024 Olympic windsurfer event for both male and females and the outcome of the vote on the constitution changes needed to give effect the Governance Commission proposals. Bother are dealt with in the report issued by World Sailing. Read more….


Notice to Owners of SA Sailing Listed Vessels Moored in Marinas or Yacht Clubs Hull Inspections

For many years, SA Sailing managed to persuade SAMSA that we could rely on yacht owners to conduct thorough hull inspection of their when their vessels come out of the water for antifouling.  Unfortunately, despite our protestations, SAMSA have changed their interpretation of the 2007 National Small Vessel Safety Regulations.  Marine Notice 9 of 2016 requires SA Sailing to conduct hull inspections on non-trailer borne vessels where the hull inspection is not part of the annual safety inspection. Read more….


Regional News

Kwazulu Natal Regional News

Vacancy : KZN Regional Coordinator Click here for more information and to apply


Meet The Team

Over the last year we’ve introduced you to those who work behind the scenes at SA Sailing, so you could get a better idea of exactly who the driving force is behind the organisation. Having covered those involved, we’ve decided to branch out to club Commodores around the country. If you’d like your club’s Commodore to be featured, please get in touch with us. This month we had a chat to Zululand Yacht Club (ZLYC) Commodore:  Jackie Smit Read more…


National Training Programme

The SA Sailing courses for 2020 have been scheduled and are up on the What’s On page of our website. Registrations are open for all courses and will close one to three weeks before the scheduled date, depending on the programme.

We have introduced a couple of new programmes which will begin rolling out in 2020. These include:


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