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2017 was a difficult year for the Izivunguvungu Sailing Programme, mainly because of security issues in the areas where the students live. Ocean View and Masiphumelele were particularly badly affected, which resulted in students having to be collected from outside of normal areas etc. There were days when they were not allowed out of the areas because of gang-related shooting etc. The community liaison teachers/parents assisted where possible.

Izivunguvungu once more took the SA Mirror National Championships with Marlon Jones and Matthew Frank (the previous Champion was Howard Leoto, also from Izivunguvungu).  Four of our students travelled to the UK and were well placed in the Mirror Worlds (many thanks go to Grant Ackermann for his tremendous support to the teams).

Izivunguvungu also featured prominently in the L26 Nationals in Durban, with a 3rd place overall, although the highlight for us was Kenwyn Daniels claiming 2nd.

The sailing students received a special invitation from VOLVO during the stop-over at the V & A in Cape Town, including a lecture by various experts and a tour. We had previously been contacted by friends of sailing in Liverpool, England, and were treated to a tour of their #Liverpool Yacht which was part of the Clippers Fleet that had a stopover before heading to Australia.

There are plans to extend the Sailing programme in 2018 as there are many new students waiting. It is also intended to try to set up a skills development segment whereby students can acquire skills which they can utilise towards employment or self-employment, bearing in mind that up to 50% of 15 to 35 year olds are unemployed. This project would initially involve the development of woodworking skills, such as are already linked to boat repairs etc. Two of our students are or have been involved with related Courses at Westlake college, but the fees are very high and there is a requirement for a Matric pass.


Izivunguvungu Sailing won the Mirror Nationals with First and Third places.  Part of their busy second half of 2016 included competing in the Lipton Cup as a joint crew with the South African Navy.



Sultan Qaboos Sailing Trophy

Izivunguvungu was part of the team awarded the Sultan Qaboos Sailing Trophy at a ceremony in Oman, Nov. 2015. Themba Goduka (Chairman), Adm Koos Lous (Board Member), Kader Williams (Sailing Manager) were guests of His Majesty, the Sultan of Oman, together with other South Africans who are all members of SASLA, the Sail Training for Life Skills Association. The Izivunguvungu students were also featured prominently in the recent Eastern Cape Champs with Howard Leoto'screw finishing first in the Mirrors, plus another crew gaining third.


Lipton Cup July 2015

The Sailing Students competed in the Lipton Cup held in Cape Town during the July school holidays. The crew featured prominently and finally achieved seventh place, finishing ahead of the other development teams.



Sailing June 2015

Donna Mia

Izivungu Students and Volunteers prepare their L26 for the Lipton Cup, to be sailed from Royal Cape Yacht Club, July 2015.

Sailing Along in 2015

The ever growing group of Izivungungu sailing students are featuring creditably alongside their colleagues from the elite clubs and schools.Several of them were invited to participate in the World Mirror Championships. They triumphed at the Inter-Schools Regatta at Zandvlei and also at the 24hourGrand Slam and were prominent in the South African Navy FestivalParade. Greater emphasis has also been placed on boat-building and repairs, such that skills development includes woodwork, metalwork, fibreglass techniques and paintspraying. This, together with a system of liaising with selected Teachers from the various schools is helping to ensure that all students will be better equipped for life after school, with improved academic results and employable skills.