Durban hots up with Sailing Season
Spring has sprung, the days are getting longer and Durban is hotting up. Durban’s sailors are set to come out of their short winter hibernation and kick off the Summer Sailing Season with the Opening Cruise organised by Point Yacht Club on Sunday 10 September. Isn’t it amazing how Durban hots up with Sailing Season.
Boats of all shapes and sizes will gather to salute the new Commodore, and cheer in a fabulous new sailing season. Once the formalities are all concluded, the sailors will take to the bay in a fun race.
Durban hots up with Sailing Season -World’s Biggest Sailing Event
Last year, Point Yacht Club was one of 361 venues represented at 58 countries. The Durban-based yacht club was third in entries received behind the Royal Bermuda Yacht Club and Bristol’s Chew Valley Yacht Club. 7,265 sailors participated in the event last year.
The participant figures are looking impressive at this early stage leading up to the fourth running of the fun race, with 577 venues from 76 countries signed up. The total number of participants is over 52,000 sailors ranging from Olympic gold medallists to absolute beginners with over 1,000 types of boats on the water globally. The inaugural Bart’s Bash was awarded a Guinness World record for staging the largest race in 24 hours. And as in previous years, everyone is invited to join.
Supporting disabled sailing
Similarly, to last year, the awareness campaign is to support disabled sailing globally after the decision was made to remove sailing from the Paralympics going forward from 2020. The Andrew Simpson Sailing Foundation wishes to continue to promote the sport and all the benefits it brings to people of all abilities.
At the announcement of the 2017 event, Bart’s Bash Founding Trustee Sir Ben Ainsley stated, “Bart has provided us with a unique platform and opportunity to unite the world of sailing, bringing together some of the world’s sailing legends and heroes with Club sailors, grass-roots youth programmes and even total novices, all combining to produce this one extraordinary event.”
Thereafter, the sailing season takes to both the harbour and offshore for dinghy racing on Saturdays and keeler racing on Wednesdays in the bay, and offshore on Sundays.
For more info Point Yacht Club or contact the club on 031 301 4787.
Pic credit: Matias Capizzona
Pic caption: Dylan Albert and Jethro Brophy-Tintinger will join for the Opening Cruise and Bart’s Bash.