Report on Sunday’s training with Miguel

Good Morning Everyone!

I have been trying to send all the videos and photos from the trainings but they load very very slowly with this WiFi. Today at the club I will have time to load it all with good WiFi over there.

Trainings are going well on the water, in terms of performance in the water and in all physical and theory sessions all is going well.

We had 5 training sessions of around 2h in this last 3 days, normally with winds between 15/22knots with the exception of yesterday afternoon since we stayed inside training team racing on the supposed team racing area and the wind was light 5/8knots.

The wave conditions are very demanding as we are sailing after the channel and in between islands the waves, as we get closer to the racing area after the commercial harbour, get very high and choppy making body movement and mainsheet trimming super important to keep the boat dry, flat and to go fast.

On the 5 sessions we mainly work the following concepts:


– Mainsheet work with the gusts and waves;

– Rudder work;

– Hiking position;

– Influence of apparent wind, the bow stability and the depositing of the sail by the opening of the leech;


– Transits on the waves;

– Mainsheet work and mainsheet angles;

– Boat balance;

– Distance to the mark;

– Waves apparent wind and how to react;


– Leeward/Windward situations

-Port/Starboard situations

– Covering tactics

The kids are prepared!

However I had to be a hard on all of them on their preparation before the sessions on land. They have been very unorganized in every sense, with their gear, boats, sail trimming, drinking water, putting suncream…and they are very loud on the boat park and hotel, seems like they are possessed all the time.

Hopefully will be better from tomorrow onwards.

Will keep you posted after today’s coach/team leaders meeting!

Kind Regards,

Miguel Andrade
Team RSA Coach

Hi again everyone!

So we are all tuned, I took the option of not doing the practice race for the following reasons:

– We have 3 days of sailing already and we will have another 5 potential with hiking conditions so resting is needed;

– We are the team with more time on the venue so far;

– Practice race in IODA events is a circus, people only go to the top mark, don’t respect the start time and then come back so no real feedback comes out of it;

Enjoy your day!

See you later

Qingdao International Training Camp & Regatta 2019

The 6 lucky WC Optimist sailors left for China today!
Kashief Davids, JP Buys, Max Cilliers, Theo Scheder-Bieschin, Thomas Slater, Isabella Keytel.
Bev le Sueur, Wendy Adams & Tristan Bews accompanying them all the way.
The team will participate in the Qingdao International Training Camp & Regatta all made possible by DCAS – Dept of Cultural Affairs & Sport, Western Cape.

Saturday 10 August – Our Optimist sailors were treated to an amazing opening ceremony in Qingdao, China – they must have felt like Olympians!
They sailed 4 races on the 1st day, “We had a tough day on the water yesterday. Our kids struggled to read the current which resulted in a few black flags”
Sailing was cancelled for today (too much wind) & tomorrow due to a typhoon making landfall this evening.

From Coach Tristan … (Tuesday 13th August) Hi all! So lots of good news from China! We had 4 good races today. The sea was very confused which lead to quite a bit of sea sickness . The kids scored some good results so South Africa’s presents is been felt on the race course. Tonight we were treated to a class on how to make Mooncakes. A traditional Chinese cake. I must say we have a few handy bakers in the team!
Tomorrow is the last day of racing. So it is all to play for. Hopefully we can keep the good results coming in! Goodnight from Qingdao.

(Wednesday 14th August) Our sailors have had their last day of sailing today. Closing Ceremony is this evening. Shopping and exploring tomorrow then to Airport in Qingdao to fly to Beijing. Beijing to Doha. Explore Doha on a 20hr layover and then home.

Results: All in silver fleet Max 3rd, Thomas 5th . Kashief 7th, Theo 14th, JP 23rd. Isabella 6th girl & 18th overall in silver fleet.
Message from Bev:
Our wonderful children have embraced the Chinese culture and food, accepted its people and touched the hearts of many. Well done to Wendy and Tristan and Team Qingdao 2019, you have made this another successful exchange. Relationships have been strengthened. Thank you parents for allowing your children to participate. They are amazing and unique individuals who have such shown such respect to everyone around them and most importantly, allowed and trusted us to show them the beauty and generous hospitality of Qingdao and its people.

Friday 16 August – News from China (still in China but just leaving). After a 4hr delay the team left Qingdao. The team missed their connecting Beijing-Qatar flt by minutes at 2am ish. Poor kids slept on the floor till Beijing airport woke up. Bev, Wendy & Tristan kept vigil overdosed on caffeine. Waiting it out in a Beijing hotel for the plan to emerge. They finally were booked onto the flight the following day. They are finally on their way home & will be arriving on Sun (not Sat)