Zeekoe Vlei has produced quite a number of world class yachtsmen, many of whom started out sailing Optimists, and have represented South Africa in international regattas; like Optimist Worlds, Youth Worlds & Olympics.
Come and be a part of this wonderful sailing family – the benefits are endless!
SUNDAY SAILING & RACING
This is when the club comes alive with sailing activities. It is during the summer season that members sail regular Sunday races. Race courses are set out on the vlei depending on the wind direction. More or less once a month the club hosts a sponsored regatta where sailors from all over are invited to compete alongside ZVYC members.
ZVYC Notice of Race (NOR) (updated 2018)
ZVYC Sailing Instructions (SI) (updated 2018)
ZVYC Sailing Course Card
SUNDAY JUNIOR & YOUTH SAIL TRAINING
Afternoon sailing programmes are offered during the week for both junior and high school students.
ZEEKOEVLEI SAILING CENTRE
The centre, with funds raised through Rotary, Lotto & private donors teach children from local disadvantaged communities to sail. The Centre has a variety of schools sailing every day of the week. Those children that show potential and commitment are invited to sail with the ZVSC team which trains over the weekends – here they learn to race and can then participate in regattas.
Dinghy classes (types of boats) sailed at Zeekoevlei Yacht Club:
OPTIMIST: Single person junior training and racing International class of boat for children aged 8 – 15
DABCHICK: Exciting single or double handed South African design youth class for ages 12 – 18
LASER: Olympic class with variable size rigs (mast & sail) for youth and adults
420: An exciting double handed dinghy with trapeze and spinnaker for youth & adults
29’er: Hi-tech, hi-speed skiff for 2 people with trapeze and spinnaker
SONNET: An exciting, versatile South African design, 2-person boat suitable for entry level &
serious competitors. Great for a family, students & adults
FINN: A single handed Olympic class of boat for a bigger person
EXTRA: A versatile family cruiser or a hi-tech Single-handed racing boat
MIRROR: Family cruising or double handed racing boat with a spinnaker
The club has its own dinghies and some of the class associations have their boats based at Zeekoevlei. Members may hire these boats subject to availability. Please enquire at the office.
Zeekoevlei Yacht Club offers a number of different options for people to learn to sail. ZVYC is an Accredited Training Centre with South African Sailing. This means that we use the recognised learn-to-sail methods, our coaches are qualified & we have safety procedures in place.
JUNIOR SAILING LESSONS & TRAINING
Calling all children aged 8 to 15 years. Join us every Sunday morning from 09h00 to Learn to Sail.
January to April
September to end November / early December
Our 3 month courses offer children the opportunity to learn to sail whether a beginner or a “weathered” sailor looking for advanced racing techniques.
Children are taught on an Optimist which is a small, safe and simple international class of boat. Children that excel in sailing the Optimist would have the chance to try out for the South African teams competing at the African and/or World Optimist Championships.
And for those that just want to sail & have fun – we cater for them as well!
ZVYC has a number of Optimist dinghies for children to hire – no need to have your own to start out!
To register for the Sunday Optimist training, please fill in these two forms:
1 – 2018 Junior Training Course Form
2 – Photograph Release Form
YOUTH SAIL TRAINING
from approximately the age of 15, the youth learn to sail on larger dinghies such as 420s or Dabchicks.
ADULT SAIL TRAINING
For adults we offer tailor made packages to fit in with your schedule. Sailing lessons can be arranged privately or as a group. Please enquire with the office… click here for contact details