Western Cape

Regional Chairman

Michael Kavanagh
Phone: 083 303 2863
Email: yachtrayoflight@gmail.com

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Qingdao Provincial Sailing Exchange Programme

The 10th Qingdao International Sailing Week exchange programme which is partnered by South African Sailing Western Cape, the Department of Cultural Affairs and Sport – Western Cape Provincial Government(DCAS) and The Sports Bureau of Shandong Province China, saw the delegation of young Optimist sailors traveling to Qingdao in August.  This edition of this long standing and successful programme, coincided with the Qingdao International Marine Festival 2018.

This programme has proven to be hugely successful for both provinces involved and for the young sailors who participate within it.

Read more in the full report here

Appeal to Oppie Class for Oppie parts

Optimist parts support request for The Little Optimist

Dear Optimist Parents

Many of you will be familiar with the non-profit organisation called The Little Optimist – a really amazing and worthwhile cause.

The Little Optimist’s story is an inspirational one: In April 2016, Greg Bertish sailed an 8-foot Children’s Optimist dinghy around the Cape of Storms on the Cape Town coast of South Africa. He crossed False Bay, rounded Cape Point and headed for Langebaan Lagoon on the wild West Coast. His 200-kilometre journey matched the 200 days he had spent in hospital at age thirty, fighting life-threatening heart infections caused by a tropical bacterium.

Greg Bertish is a big wave surfer and a South African Champion Lifesaver and Stand Up Paddle Boarder. He is an ambassador for the Children’s Hospital Trust and the National Sea Rescue Institute, and the founder of the Shark Spotter Programme. He has helped raise over R2 million for these charities to date. He has achieved all of this as a multiple heart surgery survivor and patient. He continues to promote conservation, water safety, healthy living and optimism.

The Little Optimist will be hosting The Great Optimist Race at the Cape Town International Boat show on 20 October 2018, at 12 noon at the Waterfront.

Some companies are sponsoring their own Optimist, representing their brand, getting huge exposure and doing so much good for sick and needy kids.

The Little Optimist Trust will be hosting the race, along with other events and a sailing academy over all 3 days of the Boat Show. ( 19,20, 21 October,  all day with High visibility)

This is going to be a national show case underneath Table Mountain , and in front of 1000s of spectators, boat owners, celebrities and the public. The race and event will be covered by, and will feature on TV, radio,  print and social Media, and a short Documentary movie will be made.  Sponsored boats will be raced celebrities, sports stars, CEOs & captains of Industry, past survivors, dads and moms.

Other charity boats will be racing alongside, representing organisations like NSRI, The Children’s Hospital Trust, Cape Town Tourism, Cancer Dojo, Reach for a Dream, and more…..

Most importantly , it will be inspiring many and raising funds and awareness for needy charities and sick kids.

Sponsored and donated Optimist boats will go on to teach sick and needy kids to sail through the Little Optimist Sailing Academy, for many years to come.

There will be 40 plus Optimist boats racing. All skippered by adults, all raising funds and awareness for little sick and needy kids.

The Little Optimist has 20-30 donated boats in various conditions, and their major sponsor, Two Oceans Marine Manufacturing, is kindly revamping and spraying all the hulls and getting the boats together.

What The Little Optimist is looking for, are donations of any Optimist spars, sails, masts, booms, rudders, general parts – and especially buoyancy for the optimists.

And of course, if you know of any optimists that can be donated, that is always much appreciated.

If you can assist in any way with some Optimist parts, please contact Kirsten Veenstra on kirsten@veenstra.co.za or 082 926 393

Qingdao Team Announced !

SAS WC and DCAS announce the Qingdao International Sport Exchange Program Team

The following WC Optimist athletes have been invited to participate in the 9th leg of the Sport Exchange Program initiated by the Department of Cultural Affairs and Sport (DCAS)

Kyle Koeries, Thomas Lawa, Oscar Duys, Dean Carstens, Hayden Philander and Joe Groenhof.

Congratulations to all  !!!

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


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 duncan@edge-ventures.com 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.

Background photograph by Karen Slater