Dear Sailing Parent
We are delighted that you have chosen to support your child’s desire to learn to sail.
MAC has a fleet of Optimist dinghies, Laser Picos, an RS Feva, an RS Quba and a Topper Topaz, learn to sail boats.
The intended use of these boats is for new sailors to get a taste of sailing and learn some basic sailing skills. We also do not want to make access to boats an impediment to learn to sail, hence the boat rental fees are nominal.
However, once the love of sailing has been instilled and basic skills learnt, sailors are expected to become members of the club and the coolest family on the planet, South African Sailing as well as to consider acquiring their own boats, thereby making the club boats available for the next crop of new sailors.
We recommend the Optimist dinghy for sailors under 55kg and under 15 years of age. The RS Tera is another good option.
For heavier sailors who are under the age of 19 the Dabchick is a great boat.
A laser is a good option for single handed sailing for life with progression from the 4.7 rig to the Radial and Standard rigs as the child grows. It is also an Olympic boat.
The 420 is a great boat for learning double handed sailing skills and to learn to use a trapeze and symmetrical spinnaker. It is a pathway boat to the Olympic 470.
If you have the need for serious speed, the 29er is a great boat and pathway to the Olympic 49er. South Africa currently have a team campaigning for the Olympics in the 49er, Alex Burger and Denji Daniel.
If you have the desire and work hard the opportunity exists to compete in regional and national championships and to represent South Africa at World, African and European Championships.
If you have any questions please do not hesitate to have a chat.