Local sailorrelishes racing

2015-06-02 06:00
Mthokozisi ‘Tommy’ Madoda recently finished in the top 20 at the SA Laser Nationals.

Mthokozisi ‘Tommy’ Madoda recently finished in the top 20 at the SA Laser Nationals.

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Finishing twentieth in the recent SA Laser Nationals, Simon’s Town navy sailor Mthokozisi “Tommy” Madoda relished his time on the water off Durban.

Racing for the SA Navy (DYC), this was the first time he has participated in the SA Laser Nationals.

Madoda says: “The best memory for me was the community among the Laser sailors. That would have to be a highlight so far in my racing years. And the fact that I was interviewed on SABC2 Sports – I felt like a hero.”

This wasn’t his first trip to Durban to compete; he has participated in a few Vasco da Gama ocean races and done some larger keelboat racing.

“I’m still highly competitive when it comes to keelboat sailing, even though it’s off-season now. We have a 33ft yacht from the navy, Southern Floe, that we are currently using to sail the Wednesday twilight races and some racing on weekends at False Bay Yacht Club,” he says.

The yacht is being used for training purposes for young up-and-coming sailors, Madoda explains.

“Because of my skill and experience with keelboats the navy gave me the opportunity to use one of its boats to help train sailors. In the navy I work as a sailing instructor for the new recruits and 30% of the civilian members or the non-military members. I have a day skipper’s ticket under my belt and I hope to still upgrade my ticket.”

Madoda walked away from the SA Laser Nationals learning a number of the sailing rules, which will stand him in good stead during future racing, he says.

“I am looking forward to returning to Durban to compete again. The weather was fantastic, and the Point Waterfront Club was a great venue for a fabulous regatta. But right now, I am putting my head down to concentrate on the major sailing event, the Lipton Challenge Cup, here on home waters.”

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