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Helen Jansen van Vuuren ‘Optimist of the Month’ – June 2018

Helen first sailing experience was as crew with her Uncle, Andy Wahl in Sept 2013 in the Mirror Nationals at the Vaal dam. That was all it took.
Under the watchful eye of Shellee Nel, Helen started sailing Oppies. At her second Youth Nationals at Wiggleswade 2015, Helen won the first girl. Thereafter she was selected to the African Championship on two occasions, Angola 2016 and Egypt 2017.
In the Mirror class she has also represent SA at two Mirror Worlds, 2015 Theewaters and 2017 at Restronguet Sailing Club near Falmouth in Corwall,UK.
Helen has opted to move onto the Laser class and would like to take this opportunity to thank all her fellow oppie sailors for all the memories and friendships made. Wishing Team RSA all the best for Africans and Worlds.

RenRe Junior Gold Cup – Bermuda


The RenRe Junior Gold Cup was created as a boutique world class youth regatta in Bermuda for local sailors to have the opportunity to sail with some of the world’s best on their home waters , a “mini world championship ” where only one competitor from each country participates. Matt’s finish amongst the best sailors in the world is truly commendable. Well done Matt !!

For more details on the event click here

Application for Coach or Manager’s position for the 2018 Optimist World and Africans Championship Team SA

Dear Sir / Madam,

Applicants are sought for the above position for the SA Optimist Team attending the 2018 World Championships in Limassol, Cyprus over 27th August – 6th September and the 2018 African Optimist Championship during dates to be confirmed but expected to be between November 20th and December 6th.

To apply, please fill in the application form marking your preference for which position and which event. Please also note the Policy & Guidelines section of the document and tick that you have done so on at the bottom of the application form. The Notice of Race is also attached for your perusal.

Application Form
Policy & Guidelines
Notice of Race

If you feel you have the experience and are able to contribute to a successful World Championship Tour as either coach or manager we’d like to hear from you. If you are short on the minimum qualifications, we can help you get up to speed on that prior to the tour(s).

Applications to be emailed to myself – AND cc’d (NB!) to Shellee Nel at by no later than Wednesday 16th May 2018. Please use the same above heading in the subject line.


Cal Tomlinson
President Optimist Sailing SA
+27 790 377 352 (c)
+27 21 790 8876 (h)

NR Awards Dinner

Dear Optimist and Youth

Please join us for the NR Awards Dinner. We will be recognising the achievements of all the youth in our region that participated in the Youth Nationals as well as the Class Provincials.

Make your Nominations for NR Yachtsman of the Year by email to

Sailing SA sailing training centre
Victoria Lake Club



Calling ALL Optimist sailors in the Western Cape in good standing with the Class.

As Western Cape Optimist Chairman,  I am delighted to share with you information about the QINGDAO CULTURAL AND SPORTS EXCHANGE PROGRAM. Please read the invitation letter giving details of this great opportunity.

If you are  interested – please follow the instructions below

  • Download the editable PDF or EXCEL submission form – and complete the information requested.  (You should save the document on your computer before completing it)
  • If you are unable to add a photo of yourself on either of the documents send the completed form along with a photo separately.
  • Send to by the 17 May 2018

Please note – this a Western Cape Government (Department of Sport and Culture) and SAS Western Cape Program and as such their decision on the team make up is final.