Sailing students get recognition

2019-06-25 06:01
Youth Training students with their certificates.

Youth Training students with their certificates.

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The False Bay Yacht Club (FBYC) held their annual prize giving on Saturday 1 June, and an important component of the event was recognising the achievements of the FBYC Youth Sail Training students.

An enthusiastic bunch of youngsters flock to the False Bay Yacht Club each week for sail training under the experienced guidance of Linsay Oberholzer, the False Bay Yacht Club Sailing manager.

They are taken through a full regimen of theoretical and practical training that ultimately leads to a high degree of competency on the water.

The majority of trainees are students at Lawhill Maritime Academy Simon’s Town, which helps prepare those with the enthusiasm, ability, discipline and passion for a career at sea.

Oberholzer has a great deal of experience in sail training, having run her own sail training school in the past.

“It is extremely gratifying to watch these youngsters grow in confidence and ability during the course of our youth training programme”, she says.

“And all the students have become involved in club racing over and above their sail training”.

Under her watchful eye, the FBYC Youth Sail Training programme has continued to grow in leaps and bounds. Assisted by experienced skippers, Menelisi Mkhize and Thomas Attwood, the students are taken through all aspects of keelboat sailing, from boat maintenance and anti-fouling, theory and “rules of the road” to practical sailing skills.

“Last year the class has grown to over 30 students in a relatively short period of time,” says Oberholzer, “and the boundless enthusiasm and dedication shown by each and every one of them is tremendously rewarding”.

This year their achievements were recognised at the FBYC’s annual prize giving. Certificates were awarded for completing the year’s training and special awards were made to:. Most Improved Trimmer – Lukhanyo Tom. Most Improved Sailors – Lutho Thomas. Most Improved Rope Work – Owami Zuma . Most Improved Helmsman – Salmon Angombe. Most Enthusiastic Sailor – Nicholas Van Rooy.

The students also elected their own captain and vice-captain for the season, with outgoing captain, Lukhanyo Tom, handing his captaincy over to Owami Zuma, who in turn awarded vice-captaincy to Jonoel-Lee Meyer.

“This degree of commitment and passion among our youngsters bodes well for the future of our sport”, Oberholzer says.

“And the next generation of sailing ‘rockstars’ is in the making right here!”

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