The UKZN Yacht Club recently battled it out against 7 326 sailors worldwide in the annual Bart’s Bash regatta to raise funds for sailors with disabilities.
The regatta takes place in 56 countries at the same weekend, featuring Olympians and world champions, with positions calculated with handicap formulas.
Braving a downpour in the Durban harbour, the UKZN team managed to finish 54th overall in the worldwide standings and fifth in the Adult (18-35) category. This regatta marked the opening of the sailing season, with the club gearing up for a challenging one, starting with the regular Wednesday night racing, when the club trains newcomers to the sport.
The previous season yielded a number of successes, with the UKZN Yacht Club hosting the Inter-varsity match racing championships, attended by eight universities. The club managed fourth place in their class provincial championships for the prestigious MSC week, five days of gruelling racing along the Durban coast.
The club’s members have also managed a number of podium positions in numerous smaller regattas and provincial championships.
Regular fun training happens on weekdays for keelboats and weekends for dinghies and no experience is needed to go on an introductory sail.