George Randell High School pupils have returned in buoyant mood following their participation of the annual Lipton Cup sailing event in Durban last month.
They have been enthusiastically sharing back to share their experiences and their love of sailing with others.
The opportunity to sail in the competition came after they were chosen for a Buffalo River Yacht Club (BRYC) youth programme, where they were taught basic sailing manoeuvres that helped them at the Lipton Cup event which they later gave the pupils an opportunity to sail with them.
The school’s maritime economics teacher, Miranda Giyose, said the pupils represented their club well.
“The youth from BRYC had a great time in Durban. They camped at the Pointer Club, where they prepared for the Lipton Cup. This was a challenge as they had to clean their boats inside and out because less dirt on the keel (bottom of the boat) means better sailing. Donne had the luck of light weight on her side and was chosen to fix the mast (top of sail) which at times tangle and don’t catch the wind effectively. The race was not easy surprises where when boats collide and make a 360 or worse 720 degree turn, then you wonder what’s next but suddenly you have to manoeuvre, keep your cool and steer the boat out of trouble,” said the teacher.
One of the pupils, Donne Swartz said: “Everyday was a different challenge with it’s own injuries. You go to bed thinking not again but the following morning you ready to ride the waves again. I’m ready for next year as I know better now,”.
Giyose said there was a lack of knowledge in communities, when it came to sailing, as many people did not view sailing as a career. “People do not see sailing as a sport that one can make money out of.
“Because there is money in sport, we as the community should stop having the mindset that we should work for someone in order to make money. You can make money in sport and sport can be the start of a career,” she said.