Two George Randell pupils ready for the Lipton cup challenge

THE Buffalo River Yacht Club (BRYC) has offered two George Randell High School pupils an opportunity to be part of the annual Lipton Cup race that will be taking place in Durban from 1-6 July.July 1 to June 7.

This came after BRYC had a youth programme where they taught pupils from George Randell High School basic sailing. One of the subjects offered at the school is  Maritime Economics and Nautical science.

SAILING TEAM: George Randell High School Teacher Miranda Giyose with pupils, Aviwe Dube, Donne Swartz and Eldo Coaches Consultant Aviwe Fetsha who handed over the tickets for their trip to Durban for the upcoming Lipton Cup Picture: SIPHOKAZI VUSO

Pupils were trained for a month on a weekly programme where they were taught how to sail, how to read the wind, and how to be safe on sea and later received certificates of competency in sailing.

The school’s Maritime Economics teacher Miranda Giyose said the pupils learners are going to represent their club at the Lipton Cup.

“The BRYC, under the leadership of Commodore Erich Jordan, decided that the two learners, Donne Swartz and Aviwe Dube, who were awarded competency certificates by BRYC in February2018, should represent us at the Lipton Cup,” she said.

Giyose said there is a lack of knowledge in our communities on sailing as many people do not see sailing as means to build a career and to make money.

“People do not see sailing as a sport that one can make money out oft.

“Because there is money in sport, we should stop with the mindset that we should work for someone in order to make money. You can make money in sport and sport can be a start of a career,”  the teacher said.

Aviwe Dube and Donne Swartz, who were chosen for competency in sailing from the Buffalo River Yacht Club Youth Development said they are grateful for the wonderful experience.

“We are speechless and grateful for this experience. We can’t wait to get to Durban to see what it has in store for us,” Swartz said.

The pupils who are going to get a first hand experience at racing and an on shore experience were sponsored by Eldo Coaches.

They leave on 30 June 2018 and return 7 July.

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