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WYC 2018

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Wits Yacht Club (WYC)

About

For the intrepid, fun-loving adventure seekers out there - this is the club for you!

We’re a welcoming club that introduces Witsies into the amazing sport that is sailing! We'll train you to master the ins and outs of sailing, as well as push our more experienced sailors to new levels.

We participate in various different programs ranging from recreational sailing, to high-performance racing, on a whole range of boat sizes and difficulties. These events include racing leagues, ocean races, races in Durban and Cape Town during our July and December holidays and for our more experienced sailors – provincial and national championships.

We are currently working on getting our members to a level where we will be able to sail the monumental Cape to Rio yacht race in 2020 (an ocean crossing from Cape Town to Rio de Janeiro).  But for those of you with less inclined to the hardcore sailing side of things – the club also offers a chilled friendly atmosphere with trips away to the Vaal dam to escape the hectic varsity grind.

To keep up with our social side of the club we have monthly fundraising parties which have gained quite a reputation. Watch our Facebook and Instagram pages for details of these events.

Don’t know how to sail? We’ll teach you! You can join in at any time.

Why not tag along- and try something completely out of the ordinary. We promise you won't look back.

What we offer

Weekends away, Learn to sail course, Skipper’s ticket theory course, knot tying course, how to rig a boat course and an introduction to racing course. We also compete in racing leagues, ocean races, races in Durban and Cape Town during our July and December holidays and for our more experienced sailors – provincials and national championships.

2018 Regattas

Dinghies

Night leagues at Emmarentia, University league at Victoria Lake Club, various nationals as well as the grandslam series.

Keelboats

Round the island, Mykonos Offshore Regatta, Inhaca Yacht Race, Vasco da Gama Ocean Race, MSC Week, Lipton Cup, Intervarsity Match Racing, Mossel Bay Race and Keelboat week.

2018 Calendar (WYC)

Membership

Wits Yacht Club Membership fee for 2017 is R500 for Wits Students and Staff, and R700 for Alumni. This gives you membership at Victoria Lake Club to practise, membership to South African Sailing, the use of our boats, as well as entry to all of our events and courses.

Recent Achievements

In the past few years, WYC has seen fantastic results and achievements.

  • 2017: USSA Results: Team Ranking 4th , Overall Unversity Ranking 3rd
  • 2017: We launched a very successful learn to sail campaign which taught 25 Witsies how to sail.
  • 2016: We started the Intervarsity Match Racing Competition in which Wits placed 4th
  • 2015: We sent our all-girls team, the 6 Sailing Ladies, to the Lipton Challenge Cup where they placed in the top 10.
  • 2014: We competed in the Cape to Rio Yacht Race and received the Youth Ocean Sailors Award.
Contact Us

Sports Officer: Ntshembo Vukeya

Contact details: 011 717 9404

Club Email: wits.yacht@gmail.com

Facebook: Wits Yacht Club

Instagram: @wits.yacht.club

 

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