Two key pillars of the SA Sailing strategy launched at the end of 2015 include Building the Base of Sailors and Transformation.  The Team Sailing League (TSL) addresses this by using identical TSL14 boats for team sailing across the country.  Team sailing involves two teams of up to three boats compete against each other and will include four areas:

Women’s Team Sailing League

A key initiative in the transformation of our sport is equalising the gender participation and this form of sailing is ideally suited to this. 

Youth Team Sailing League

Sailors continue to display their frustration that sailing is not a school/ varsity/ college sport and we believe that this is a major opportunity for growth of our sport.  The program will focus most of its time on growing this area by operating a bi- weekly sailing league targeting sailors in age from 14 to 24 involved in schools, colleges and varsities across the demographics of South Africa.  The terminology will be changed to reflect what this market understands; tournaments not regattas etc.

Inter Club League

SA Sailing continues to believe that the growth of sailing is done through clubs and classes.  We do not have many events in South Africa where sailors represent their clubs on a regular basis and use this to develop diversity, club membership and skills level.   This is successfully used by other sports to promote the clubs and develop the sharing of skills from the experienced to the novices.  We believe this is key to growing our sport.  The interclub tournament will run on a regional basis and will provide the opportunity for the club to promote sailing.  It is anticipated that this tournament will happen once a month.

Corporate events

SA Sailing continues to believe that the growth of sailing is done through clubs and classes.  We do not have many events in South Africa where sailors represent their clubs on a regular basis and use this to develop diversity, club membership and skills level.   This is successfully used by other sports to promote the clubs and develop the sharing of skills from the experienced to the novices.  We believe this is key to growing our sport.  The interclub tournament will run on a regional basis and will provide the opportunity for the club to promote sailing.  It is anticipated that this tournament will happen once a month.

All events will encourage teams of diversity and would result in a national league table for schools, varsities/ colleges, clubs and corporates with which we can market the sport on various platforms.