The country’s top international sailors will converge on Milnerton Aquatic Club as they throw their support behind this weekend’s launch of the new national Team Sailing League (TSL). Two-time Olympians Asenathi Jim and Roger Hudson will be joined by Jim’s new 470 teammate Sibu Sizatu and a host of others as they take to the water at the exhibition event on Saturday, 9 September. Alex Burger, who along with Benji Daniel recently sailed to victory at the 29er World Championships in California, will also be in Cape Town for the launch. Speaking about the new league which promises to draw larger numbers into the sport, Hudson explained: “Team Racing/ Sailing in the USA and UK has proven a very strong model for the sport at school and university level, bringing together large numbers of new and existing sailors and generating strong and healthy competition between institutions, ultimately benefiting the sport. “There are even examples of USA Olympic sailors from Rio 2016 who spent a lot of time honing their racing and tactical skills in a similar team-racing format while at university.” Anyone keen to find out what team sailing all about is encouraged to join in a day of fun activities at Milnerton Aquatic Club on Saturday as different groups will go head to head in a demonstration of what can be expected in the national league. With the support of the National Lotteries Commission and Sports and Recreation South Africa, SA Sailing have already commissioned the building of 28 boats which are easy and fun to sail and maintain and affordable but robust, for the TSL. The League will essentially be split into four tournaments: a Youth Team Sailing League, an Inter-club Sailing League, a Corporate Challenge and a Women’s Sailing League – targeting specifically identified areas in which the sport can expand and develop. “Now that the TSL boats exist, the challenge of the South African TSL will be one of organisation, logistics and maintenance. If this . . .
Head-to-head battles out on the water are set to become the latest trend in corporate events with the launch of the new SA Sailing Team Sailing League. School and varsity showdowns and women’s challenges are also on the cards with inter-club competitions also part of the package. This is the latest move from SA Sailing to appeal to a wider audience and showcase the sport to those who may never have had the opportunity to experience the thrill of sailing before. “This new Team Sailing League (TSL) has the potential to boost the number of sailors in South Africa, to transform the sport and make sailing accessible to all South Africans and that’s a very exciting prospect,” said SA Sailing Chairman Peter Hall. SA Sailing CEO Greg Smith added: “The TSL is a team sailing league where two teams of three boats compete against each other in equally matched two-person sailing boats. “This programme has been developed to grow the sport of sailing and reintroduce the magic into the sport for both new and existing sailors by introducing the element of competition.” The League will be launched at an exhibition event at Milnerton Aquatic Club on 9 September. Anyone keen to find out what it’s all about is encouraged to join in the fun as different groups will go head to head in a demonstration of what can be expected. There’ll also be a chance for the public to rub shoulders with the country’s top sailors as they show how it’s done. The TSL will essentially be split into four tournaments: a Youth Team Sailing League, an Inter-club Sailing League, a Corporate Challenge and a Women’s Sailing League – targeting specifically identified areas in which the sport can expand and develop. “All events will encourage teams of diversity and would result in a national league table for schools, varsities and colleges, clubs, corporates and women, through which we can market the sport on various platforms,” explained Smith. With the financial backing of the National . . .