On the 23rd February 2019, Redhouse Yacht Club is hosting the a 24 hour Sailing/Paddling event on North End Lake, in Port Elizabeth. The event will involve teams (between 6 and 10 persons) sailing or paddling a set course on North End Lake, over a 24 hour period commencing at noon on the 23rd February. We have teams from as far afield as East London Yacht Club who have entered, and support locally from Algoa Bay Yacht club and the EPPBC. This event is new to Port Elizabeth sailing community, but has been held in Cape Town successfully over the past few years. We hope that it will become a firm annual favourite with the local sailing and paddling community, supporting the recreational use of the rehabilitated North End Lake. Registration is from 9-10.30 on Saturday morning, and more information regarding team and boat requirements is available on the Redhouse Yacht club Facebook page.
Safety at the event has been supported by energetic Emergency Medical Care students from NMMU, who will man the rescue boats, in addition to having entered 3 paddling teams. Nico Louw, the Program Manager of the Emergency Medical Care programme at NMMU, has been extremely supportive in involving his students in the event.
Some background about the club – the Redhouse Yacht Club (RYC) is amongst the oldest yacht clubs in South Africa. It hosts dinghy races and operates a training program that has produced international champion sailors. The Redhouse Yacht Club has a diverse membership base, with sailors ranging in age from 7 to well above 80, and the club is known for its camaraderie between members, both on and off the water. In addition to a regular weekend dinghy sailing program, the club hosts the Stingrays Sailing academy, run by Darryl Garner, on Sunday mornings during the season, teaching children and teens the basics of dinghy sailing.